CHARLOTTE, N.C. –
IperionX Limited (“IperionX”) (Nasdaq | ASX: IPX) is pleased to partner with Canyon Bicycles GmbH (“Canyon”) to develop a more sustainable titanium supply chain for the bicycle industry through the production of bicycle components using IperionX’s 100% recycled and low-carbon titanium.
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IPERIONX & CANYON BICYCLES PARTNER TO IMPLEMENT SUSTAINABILITY IMPROVEMENTS IN THE BICYCLE INDUSTRY SUPPLY CHAIN (Graphic: Business Wire)
Canyon is an award winning bicycle manufacturer with a strong reputation for true innovation, implementing leading technologies, clean and clear design as well as the highest standards in quality and service. The potential to develop bicycle components utilizing IperionX’s 100% recycled titanium is aligned to 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 low-carbon, recycled titanium metal powders via additive manufacturing methods. The parties have agreed upon an initial project to prototype Canyon bicycle parts, including for bicycle frames, using IperionX’s 100% recycled titanium produced by IperionX via additive manufacturing methods. 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.
Titanium as a frame material has a premium and desirable position for bicycle consumers, being both very strong and lightweight, including 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 global bicycle industry is a large, growing market with around 1.3 billion adults riding bikes, total sales of ~US$70 billion in 2021 and the market projected to grow to ~US$85 billion in 2025. Mountain bikes, gravel bikes, road bikes and hybrids, make up ~60% of global bike sales by unit, and ~70% of sales in the highly valuable European and North American markets. The high end sector of this market, the focus of Canyon’s product offering, has a very large market size of ~US$18 billion, expected to grow to ~US$30 billion in 20301.
The partnership between IperionX and Canyon represents another milestone in the rapidly growing, highly visible and sustainability focused global bicycle market, and complements the IperionX’s recent partnerships in the luxury goods sector.
Alison Jones, Chief Operating Officer at Canyon said:
“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.”
Anastasios (Taso) Arima, CEO and Managing Director said:
“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.”
Canyon is one of the most innovative bike brands in the world. The concept began in founder Roman Arnold’s garage and grew to be the world’s largest direct-to-customer manufacturer of road, mountain, triathlon, urban, hybrid, and electric bikes. Canyon have earnt their glowing reputation for innovation through consistently using advanced materials, thinking, and technology. The iconic Canyon design is easy to identify. Alongside being boldly competitive and ever-expanding, they are committed to making the global cycling community accessible for every rider. While Canyon partners with some of the finest athletes on the planet, their mission, ‘Inspire to Ride’, highlights how they work to promote the power of cycling to everyone.
Canyon products are exclusively available online at www.canyon.com.
IperionX’s mission is to be the leading developer of low carbon titanium for advanced industries including space, aerospace, electric vehicles and 3D printing. IperionX holds an exclusive option to acquire breakthrough titanium technologies that can produce titanium products that are low carbon and fully circular. IperionX is producing titanium metal powders from titanium scrap at its operational pilot facility in Utah, and intends to scale production at a Titanium Demonstration Facility in Virginia. IperionX holds a 100% interest in the critical minerals Titan Project, which has the largest JORC resource of titanium, rare earth and zircon rich mineral sands in the U.S.A.
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1 Global Bike & Bike Accessories Market, PWC, 2022
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