No slowdown issued to supply chain: Boeing

Jan 30, 2013 | 06:21 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing, aerospace, Boeing 787, Boeing 777, aluminum, lithium-ion batteries, titanium, Jim McNerney Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Despite the lithium-ion battery failures that have grounded most of Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliners, the company has not issued any production slowdown orders to its supply chain, the aerospace giant’s top executive said this week.

Jim McNerney, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Boeing, said the company has given its suppliers and subcontractors "no instructions to slow down" due to the battery problems, which are now the subject of a federal investigation. Boeing is "making progress" in determining the reasons for the battery problems and expressed confidence the probe will "identify the root cause of these incidents," he said during a conference call to discuss fourth-quarter 2012 earnings.....

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