A new Applied Powder Metallurgy Centre was opened at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Windermere Campus in Tauranga, New Zealand, in July 2010 to focus on developing applications for high-grade titanium alloy powders manufactured by a new affordable production process. The titanium alloy powders will be produced by local company Titanox Development following several years of research at Waikato University.
Government minister Dr Wayne Mapp stated that NZ$20 million of private investment had gone into the titanium alloy powder project and that the New Zealand Government had additionally contributed NZ$8 million of funding.
PM courses will be established on the Windermere Campus and the new titanium alloy powder industry in New Zealand is forecast to generate $700 million in sales within 10 years. A Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA) has also been established locally.