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IperionX partners with United Stars on US-based titanium manufacturing

United Stars expects to purchase up to 80 metric tons annually of IperionX’s high-performance, low-cost, and sustainable titanium products over a 10-year supply term

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IperionX, an American titanium metal and critical materials company, has signed a framework agreement with United Stars, the parent company of a group of market-leading manufacturers producing a variety of precision-engineered metal components, with terms that will underpin a definitive commercial supply agreement for IperionX’s titanium products. United Stars expects to purchase up to 80 metric tons annually of IperionX’s high-performance, low-cost, and sustainable titanium products over a 10-year supply term.

United Stars’ companies are leading American suppliers of industrial components including stainless steel tubing, precision gears, shafts, and complex assemblies, as well as tooling and components for defense, aerospace, and commercial applications. Additionally, United Stars has exposure to fine finish precision grinding and the manufacturing of very large gears through Line Craft Inc. and Triple A Inc.

United Stars has over 80 years of manufacturing history and serves leading OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers across the aerospace, automotive, defense, oil and gas, construction, mining, locomotive, pharmaceutical, and agriculture sectors. Major customers include Boeing, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, Lucid Motors, General Motors, Toyota, Caterpillar, BorgWarner, Oshkosh, and John Deere.

United Stars and IperionX’s partnership will focus on the defense and advanced technology sectors with products for vehicle drivetrains, robotic motors, and wind turbines that require lightweight, strong, compact, and corrosion-resistant performance.

IperionX partners with United Stars on US-based titanium manufacturing. United Stars expects to purchase up to 80 metric tons annually.
3D printed parts produced using IperionX’s titanium metal powder.

IperionX is building an ‘end-to-end’ American titanium supply chain solution that spans from the production of US-sourced titanium minerals, advanced technology to refine these minerals to +99% TiO2, and the capability to utilize the largest range of recycled scrap titanium to produce low-cost and high-performance titanium alloys.

IperionX’s patented technology portfolio enables the production of low-cost and high-performance near-net shape products, semi-finished titanium products (such as ingot, bar, plate, wire), spherical titanium powder for additive manufacturing and metal injection molding, and angular titanium powder for a wide range of advanced manufacturing applications. IperionX’s innovative technologies allow for world-class leading sustainability and superior process energy efficiencies over the traditional Kroll titanium production process.

“Titanium is a superior metal for a majority of use cases and ever since the US became 100% import reliant on titanium metal sponge from foreign sources in 2020 I have been searching for a US company with the ability to economically and securely re-shore an integrated supply chain for titanium. This relationship will prove incredibly valuable for my portfolio of companies and I’m also proud to play a role in supporting the interests of US national security. Taso Arima’s vision to re-shore the US titanium supply chain, combined with the team that he has assembled, makes IperionX an organization that I am pleased to partner with,” said Roger West, Chairman and CEO of United Stars.

“IperionX is pleased to partner with Roger West and his team at United Stars to manufacture advanced titanium products for the defense and commercial sectors. United Stars, a leading American supplier of precision gears, shafts, and complex assemblies, is a strong commercial partner to manufacture advanced titanium components for their global customers across the automotive, defense, oil and gas, construction, mining, locomotive, and agriculture sectors. United Stars are aligned with our mission to re-build an integrated ‘end-to-end’ US titanium supply chain and strengthen America’s manufacturing independence,” said Anastasios Arima, CEO of IperionX.

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