LOS ANGELES A
new agreement between VSMPO-Avisma Corp. and Airbus SAS will
greatly expand the Russian titanium producers already
extensive role at Europes largest commercial aircraft
The two companies
signed a memorandum of understanding this week during the MAKS
air show in Moscow that calls for an "end-to-end strategic
collaboration" covering processing, recycling and development
of new material. The ultimate goal of the agreement is to set
up a "fully integrated industrial process," VSMPO said.
relationship between the two companies involves what appears to
be a closed-loop system that will include titanium scrap
recycling on Airbus programs, as well as the development of new
U.S. machining house
Aerospace Dynamics International Inc., Valencia, Calif., will
help VSMPO develop its own capabilities in this area.
VSMPO is already
responsible for 60 percent of the semi-finished and titanium
forging requirements of Airbus and its parent company, the
European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV (EADS).
VSMPO also noted this
week that the two companies are working toward qualification of
VSMPO to produce titanium tubing for Airbus programs.
VSMPO signed an
agreement in 2011 to provide Airbus with titanium landing gear
forgings for its newest program, the A350-1000, through 2020
amm.com Sept. 9, 2011).
VSMPO general director
Mikhail Voevodin said in a statement that the two companies
have collaborated for more than 20 years, with products
gradually increasing in complexity.
The new agreement
confirms Airbus commitment to support VSMPOs role
not only as a raw material supplier "but also as a
high-value-added products supplier and key R&D (research
and development) partner," said Klaus Richter, Airbus
executive vice president for procurement.