AERO . . . while customers are caught in a commodities upspin

Jul 01, 2007 | 06:53 AM |

High nickel, fluctuating cobalt, rising aluminum and stabilizing titanium prices are factors that aerospace consumers are learning to live with, executives in the engine, airframe and parts supply industry say.

"Nickel is obviously the landscape that has changed dramatically," said Patrick Sample, general manager of rotating part sourcing at GE Aviation, Cincinnati, the aircraft engine manufacturing unit of General Electric Co.

Sample also oversees buying of titanium parts for GE and works with Robert Schafrik, general manager of materials and process engineering, on developing ways to control rising materials costs.....

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