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Alloy, what's going on 'ere then?

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Further to your article Heavy Metal (NCE last week), I am pleased to report that rather than there being 'absolutely no support infrastructure available', there are companies ready and willing to work with titanium in the construction industry. I know of at least three companies in Kent alone.

At Crane & Rowbury in Dartford, we have a 6m by 2m titanium cutting capability.

Using waterjet technology this enables us to profile titanium components up to 100mm in thickness with perfect edge quality. Titanium is easier to cut than stainless steel when using this method - making it the most cost effective way of processing the metal.

We can also fold the profiled components. With the cost of the metal falling, constructional components such as baluster posts and balustrade infill panels are going to allow longer spans, more open designs and superior maintenance characteristics.

Before long titanium will give the best whole life cost option for common architectural requirements. We are ready to work with the material when that demand arrives, as are many of our competitors.

Angus McConchie (M), Crane & Rowbury, Steam Crane Wharf, Lower Hythe St, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1BN

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