Boeing and South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research have agreed to research and develop titanium powder technology for commercial applications.
The two sides will jointly study how to use the powdered metal in the industrial manufacturing process, Boeing said Tuesday.
According to the company, the research project aims to grow titanium manufacturing on an industrial scale and bring it to the aerospace and other industries.
South Africa intends for the to initiative support the local titanium ore industry, which is among the largest in the world, according to Boeing.
Dr. William Lyons, Boeing director of global technology, said this research for the aviation industry aims to use titanium powder to reduce energy consumption and waste..
“Our research and development agreement with CSIR adds a new dimension to Boeing engagement in South Africa,” said J. Miguel Santos, Boeing International vice president for Africa.