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In a significant development, the Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML), a State Public Sector Unit, has secured a prestigious contract worth ?105 crore from the Indian Navy. The contract entails the supply of titanium sponge, a crucial material for the manufacturing of various components used in the defence sector. The order encompasses a total of 650 tonnes of material of different grades and is scheduled to be delivered over a span of five years.

The contract was awarded following a series of discussions and collaboration efforts between Industries Minister P. Rajeeve and senior officials from the Indian Navy earlier in January. Recognizing the potential of titanium sponge for defence applications, the Indian Navy expressed its interest in exploring the usage of this material in its manufacturing processes. Subsequently, a dedicated working group was formed to evaluate the feasibility and benefits of incorporating titanium sponge into the Navy’s defence projects.

As part of the evaluation process, Navy officials visited KMML’s state-of-the-art Titanium Sponge Plant, located at Chavara in Kollam. The plant is renowned for its advanced technology and capabilities in producing high-quality titanium sponge, a vital raw material with various applications in aerospace, marine, and defence sectors.

After comprehensive discussions and assessments, the deal was finalized in coordination with the Public Sector Restructuring and Internal Audit Board (RIAB). The contract marks a significant milestone for KMML, as it strengthens the company’s position as a reliable supplier of critical materials for defence and strategic applications.

Titanium sponge is highly regarded for its exceptional properties, such as high strength, low density, and excellent corrosion resistance, making it an ideal material for manufacturing critical components in aerospace and defence sectors. With the Indian Navy looking to enhance its capabilities and modernize its fleet, the procurement of high-quality titanium sponge from KMML will play a vital role in achieving these objectives.

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