UTRS and Achemetal Announce Groundbreaking Joint Venture in Titanium Industry

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The joint venture will support further efforts to perfect the market-disrupting UTRS patented process for extracting and refining titanium.

The UTRS scientists in Montana invented a game-changing process for extracting titanium from ore that is more flexible, requires fewer steps and will significantly reduce the costs of titanium when compared to the Kroll process. --James Sun, owner of Achemetal.

Universal Technical Resource Services, Inc. (UTRS) has entered into a joint venture with Achemetal, Inc., called Universal Achemetal Titanium, LLC (UAT) to commercialize its groundbreaking patented process for extracting and refining titanium developed over the past decade. UTRS is an established government services firm with decades of experience in solutions technology. Achemetal, Inc., is a metals supplier dealing in specialty and rare earth refractory metals worldwide.

“The UTRS scientists in Montana invented a game-changing process for extracting titanium from ore that is more flexible, requires fewer steps and will significantly reduce the costs of titanium when compared to the Kroll process,” said James Sun, owner of Achemetal. “This innovative method reduces production costs and pollution, and doesn’t require the use of any harmful chemicals.”

UTRS scientists located at its Butte, Montana, prototype facility and laboratory created a patented process that uses two major steps that effectively combine extraction techniques, electro-refining, and metal processing practices to produce titanium directly from titanium-bearing ores. This innovative process provides access to domestic titanium supplies not usable by other processes, and will reduce reliance on foreign materials in manufacturing.

The formation of UAT propels the process into the demonstration phase from the laboratory scale only, proving the ability to commercialize the process. The strategic location of the facility provides access to the many resources (human, natural and economic) that Montana and the Western region of the United States has to offer. Sun brings over 40 years of experience in metallurgical engineering to the operation.

“Our goal was to replace the expensive, environmentally harmful, outdated Kroll process that is used internationally today in titanium production,” said Jim Cox, Ph.D., UTRS Laboratory Director. “In doing so, we are able to create a more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly process to manufacture titanium, making it more accessible to industries both within and outside of aerospace and allowing us to take advantage of domestic ore supplies previously unusable.”

This market-disrupting process was conceived over 10 years ago, when UTRS identified Montana as an emerging technology frontier.

For more information about this joint venture or the patented process, please contact Ben Kohler at (406) 494-3434 or bkohler(at)utrs(dot)com.

About Universal Technical Resource Services
Universal Technical Resource Services, Inc. (UTRS) is, at its core, a technology firm that is fully committed to exceeding our clients’ expectations by delivering the highest quality services on time and within budget. We provide a wide range of leading-edge engineering, information technology, scientific, management, and communications services to the public and private sectors. We support myriad programs across agencies ranging from big data analysis to rapid prototyping. We are headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., with offices throughout the country to support our wide-ranging activities. As part of our total commitment to excellence, we have adopted a culture of thinking forward for our clients to meet ongoing and future requirements by utilizing technologies to anticipate and solve problems before they arise.

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