Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) announced it will begin producing ammonium paratungstate (APT) by the end of 2006. APT is the raw material for making tungsten powders. According to ATI, the company will no longer be dependent on the high and volatile costs of APT from outside suppliers.
Most raw materials for making tungsten come from China, which controls the supply. Price volatility has dominated the worldwide tungsten market. The current price is $250-$255 per short ton unit. ATI Alldyne (La Vergne, Tenn.) is a leading manufacturer of tungsten and tungsten carbide powders.