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Canyon Bicycles partners with IperionX to 3D print titanium bike components

The parties have agreed on an initial project to prototype Canyon bicycle parts, including bicycle frames, using IperionX’s recycled titanium powder and AM capabilities

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IperionX has partnered with Canyon Bicycles to develop a more sustainable titanium supply chain for the bicycle industry through the production of bicycle components using IperionX’s 100% recycled, low-carbon titanium.

Canyon is an award-winning bicycle manufacturer with a strong reputation for innovation – implementing leading technologies, and clean and clear design. The potential to develop bicycle components utilizing IperionX’s recycled titanium is aligned with its ambitions to drive the use of innovative material in the production process, and to match that with its environmental goals.

Canyon has previously shown its credentials in this area by investigating cradle-to-cradle production principles, and is researching how to integrate similar approaches across advanced materials and future manufacturing platforms.

IperionX is working closely with Canyon’s product development and ESG teams to produce bicycle components using IperionX’s titanium metal powders via additive manufacturing methods. The parties have agreed on an initial project to prototype Canyon bicycle parts, including bicycle frames, using IperionX’s titanium, and produced by IperionX via AM. The term of this initial agreement is until June 30, 2025. Upon successful completion of the initial prototyping, Canyon and IperionX intend to negotiate an agreement for larger-scale production.

Canyon Bicycles partners with IperionX to 3D print titanium bike components using IperionX’s recycled titanium powder.
IperionX’s 100% recycled titanium powder.

Titanium as a frame material has a premium and desirable position for bicycle consumers, being both very strong and lightweight (around half the weight of steel), as well as being extremely corrosion resistant – removing the requirement for paint as a corrosion inhibitor. However, until now, its utilization in bike components has been limited by its high cost compared to materials such as carbon frames, as well as the high-carbon footprint of the current titanium supply chain, which is based on the energy-intensive Kroll process.

The partnership between IperionX and Canyon represents another milestone in the rapidly growing, highly visible, and sustainability-focused global bicycle market, and complements IperionX’s recent partnerships in the luxury goods sector.

“We’re delighted to have formed this working relationship with IperionX. Connecting IperionX to our product development and ESG teams is allowing us to identify bicycle components that can be produced using their low-cost, low-carbon, fully recycled titanium powders. This is a real breakthrough technology for us and we look forward to deploying this innovative technology in the production of more sustainable titanium for use in Canyon bicycles,” said Alison Jones, Chief Operating Officer of Canyon.

“Our partnership with Canyon highlights the importance of fully circular, sustainable materials to customers with leading environmental goals. We are very pleased to be applying the patented technologies to create 100% recycled titanium parts for a leading company in a very large addressable market, and we look forward to progressing the partnership towards the extended use of titanium in bicycle production,” said Anastasios Arima, CEO, and Managing Director of IperionX.

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