One of the world’s aviation giants will give up Russian titanium

But certifying new suppliers of titanium, used in engines and landing gear, to strict aerospace standards can take years.

Airbus will give up the Russian titan / photo REUTERS
Airbus will give up the Russian titan / photo REUTERS

Airbus, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, will completely stop supplying titanium from Russia within a few months.

As reported by Reuters , Russia is the largest producer of titanium, it is used mainly in aircraft engines and chassis for large aircraft.

“We’re in the process of breaking with Russia when it comes to titanium. It’s a matter of months, not years. I can’t tell you an exact date; it’s a relatively complicated process with certification and everything else that aviation requires, but it will happen,” said Airbus Defense & Space chief executive Michael Scholhorn.

Airbus says it is trying to find alternative sources of supply for the metal, while rival Boeing said it has suspended purchases of titanium from Russia.

Aviation industry sources say the company has expanded purchases in the US and Japan while exploring new markets. But certifying new suppliers to strict aerospace standards can take years.

“Currently, Airbus still buys a certain percentage of Russian titanium, but we are clearly on the way to becoming independent from it,” Schollhorn said.

He added that Airbus no longer needs titanium for military products, but has “some time” for civilian aircraft.

Earlier in April, Airbus said sanctions against Russian titanium would hurt the aerospace industry and were unlikely to hurt the Russian economy.

(C)UNIAN 2022

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