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Metalysis seeks backer for titanium plant: report

LONDON (Reuters) - British technology company Metalysis is in talks with potential partners over a 70 million pound ($107.4 million) plan to build the world's first low-cost titanium plant, the Financial Times said on Monday.

"Assuming our plans work out, we could reduce the price of titanium by at least half, from $35,000 a metric ton to about $15,000 a metric ton," Metalysis' chief executive, Mark Bertolini, was quoted as saying by the paper.

The company has discussed funding with collaborators including Rolls-Royce <RR.L> and Boeing <BA.N> and the U.S. aluminum producer Alcoa <AA.N>, the paper said.

"This is a very interesting development that a lot of people from around the world are getting excited about," the FT quoted a banker close to the talks as saying.

The development could lead to a series of new applications for titanium in fields from car exhausts to golf clubs, the FT said, adding that a pilot plant should be ready by the end of the year.

The company was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Karolina Tagaris; editing by Himani Sarkar)

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