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Boeing’s Muilenburg to skip Russian forum

Keywords: Tags  Boeing, titanium, Dennis Muilenburg, St. Petersburgh International Economic Forum, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Sergey Kravchenko, John Byrne Ural Boeing Manufacturing

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co. vice chairman, president and chief operating officer Dennis A. Muilenburg won’t attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum hosted by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

"We revised our participation at the request of the U.S. government," a company spokesman told AMM. "Dennis Muilenburg is not attending."

Instead, the "Boeing presence" at the May 22-24 event will be led by Sergey Kravchenko, president of the Chicago-based company’s Russian unit, the spokesman said.

Among the other Boeing representatives attending the conference will be John Byrne, vice president of materials and structures for the company’s Seattle-based Boeing Commercial Airplanes unit. He is a key raw materials executive and frequent speaker at metals industry forums, including the annual meeting of the International Titanium Association.

From 1991 to 2013, Boeing contracts in Russia and other states in the former Soviet Union were $7.5 billion, part of its "30-year partnership program" in that region that is expected to result in investments of $27 million, of which $18 million is in titanium, according to the company’s website.

Among Boeing’s major titanium investments in Russia is Ural Boeing Manufacturing, a joint venture formed in 2009 with Russian producer VSMPO-Avisma Corp. to machine titanium forgings, which plans to double its capacity (, Nov. 19).

Verkhnyaya Salda-based VSMPO also is one of three producers that supplies titanium under Boeing’s system of long-term supply agreements.

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