Ukraine tensions not impacting titanium supply

Mar 13, 2014 | 03:39 PM | Frank Haflich

Tags  aerospace, titanium, Boeing, Airbus, VSMPO, Alcoa, ATI, Uniti Samara

LOS ANGELES — Diplomatic tensions between Russia and the United States due to the crisis in Ukraine haven’t yet disrupted Russia’s role as a key component in the U.S. titanium supply chain, although U.S. firms that depend on Russia’s industry remain on the alert.

Russian titanium has become a key component in U.S. airliner production as the titanium intensity of such newer commercial aircraft as Boeing Co.’s 787 and Airbus SAS’ A350 and A380 have raised long-term requirements for the metal.

“We are watching developments closely to determine what impact, if any, there may be to our ongoing business and partnerships in the region,” Chicago-based Boeing said in a statement, adding that it “won’t speculate on the potential impact of sanctions or any other potential government actions.”....

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