Titanium players still feeling fallout from ongoing criminal case

Nov 23, 2009 | 11:24 AM | Frank Haflich

Fallout from an ongoing criminal case is turning into an ongoing headache for a number of players in the titanium supply chain.

An increasing number of companies are being queried by aerospace contractors about their possible former relationship with a San Diego distributor who has been charged with selling alleged "non-conforming" material. Several of those companies had assumed that concerns had been resolved in investigations that preceded an original indictment in December 2008.

But an "Agency Action Notice" circulated by the Corona, Calif.-based Government-Industry Data Exchange (Gidep) on Sept. 15 this year cited an additional five companies as being "suspect" for selling "non-conforming" titanium for use on military aircraft and space vehicles. Western Titanium Inc. had previously been indicted in U.S. District Court in San Diego for selling such titanium.....

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