Costs driving material choice: Boeing

Jun 13, 2012 | 02:49 PM | Daniel Fitzgerald

Tags  Boeing, supply chain, aluminum, aluminum lithium, John Byrne

NEW YORK — New aerospace alloys like aluminum-lithium are unlikely to play a significant role in Boeing Co.’s product mix until they prove themselves a cost-effective alternative to current materials, according to a Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) executive.

John Byrne, BCA’s vice president of airplane materials, structures and supplier management, said that while the company does take an interest in the development of new alloys, these alloys have to "buy their way onto the airplane."

"If I can’t get a customer to pay for it, it’s not going on the airplane," he told attendees at the 2nd Annual Aluminum Summit in New York, hosted by AMM.....

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