What did Boeing count on, refusing Russian titanium

After the start of the Russian operation on Ukrainian territory, the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced the suspension of the purchase of titanium in Russia, the closure of technical departments in Moscow and Kyiv, and the termination of the supply of spare parts to airlines from the Russian Federation. At the same time, the European aircraft manufacturer Airbus also suspended the supply of spare parts, but did not rush to abandon Russian metal.

In 2014, against the backdrop of the situation around Crimea and Donbass, Airbus was already trying to find an alternative to Russian metal. There are no problems with titanium on our planet, since it is the 7th most abundant in nature. It is a very light and strong metal with high corrosion resistance. Many countries of the world are engaged in the extraction of titanium ores and have competence in the production of various products, including for the aviation industry. However, the European giant then could not find a worthy replacement for Russia. The quality of the titanium package (ingots, ingots) and the accuracy of processing the final products did not allow Airbus to refuse to cooperate with the Russian Federation. The aviation industry and air transportation in the world were then on the rise, the concern increased the production of aircraft, and the airlines demanded more, and Airbus simply could not afford such a luxury as giving up business with the Russians.

This is done in accordance with all applicable sanctions and export control regulations.

- Airbus recently said when the company was asked why it continues to purchase titanium directly from Russia.

It should be taken into account that Europeans buy not only Russian titanium. The other day, Airbus and Boeing delegations went to South Africa to negotiate an urgent increase in the volume of purchases of this metal. Now it is interesting to find out what Boeing is counting on by abandoning Russian titanium. The American corporation, in principle, does not hide the fact that it does not want to completely break off relations with Russian partners.

Since July 2009, Ural Boeing Manufacturing, a joint venture between VSMPO-AVISMA and Boeing, has been operating in Verkhnyaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Region. It is engaged in mechanical processing of titanium stampings. In September 2018, the second Boeing plant for the machining of titanium products was launched on the territory of the Titanium Valley FEZ. The design center in Moscow is the largest in Eastern Europe, but not the only one on the planet.

Until 2020, Boeing was 25-35% dependent on Russian products. But the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on air travel. The increased accident rate of Boeing aircraft in recent years has also added problems, due to which many air carriers have revised their priorities in favor of Airbus products. As a result, the corporation began to produce 1/3 less aircraft than before.

Temporarily abandoning Russian titanium, Boeing is counting on its own accumulated stockpiles, US state reserve storage facilities and supplies from Kazakhstan, which ranks 10th in the extraction of titanium ores and produces 11% of titanium metal in the world (China is now in first place in all respects). The export of titanium from Kazakhstan passes through the territory of Russia through the port of St. Petersburg. If the Russians block this route, it will create problems for Boeing. However, Boeing can use the Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan-Georgia route and then by sea wherever necessary, but this is more complicated and more expensive. There is a feeling that Boeing simply decided to wait out the crisis period and not provoke unnecessary criticism of Russophobes.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 10 March 2022 10: 55
    Eka is unseen.
    Secretly, there are such firms, logistics companies that are engaged in solving such problems.))))
    Joyfully rub your palms, and forward.)))
    And everything will pass - the Boeing has a powerful agent of influence, it will catch up
  2. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
    Oleg_5 (Oleg) 10 March 2022 10: 56
    The fact that it will not only work out, but also have to wait with the production of new aircraft.
    And so a lot of boards are on conservation due to the reduction in flights in the covid era.
    And now several hundred of those who will return from Russia will be added to them.
    It is easier for potential buyers to buy a little used than a new aircraft ...
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 10 March 2022 11: 12
      how will they return with the sky closed? they will be used for domestic transportation until they are torn apart for parts.
      1. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
        Oleg_5 (Oleg) 10 March 2022 11: 45
        purely technically return is not a problem at all
        a renewed leasing agreement for any Asian airline is enough
        1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
          Just a cat (Bayun) 10 March 2022 12: 01
          for example, Japan included in the list of unfriendly countries? I doubt that China will sign up for the confiscation of aircraft. the Turks signed up, but not for confiscation, but for flights between Russia and Turkey.
          1. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
            Oleg_5 (Oleg) 10 March 2022 12: 11
            Malaysia, Philippines .... but you never know them
            1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
              Just a cat (Bayun) 10 March 2022 12: 35
              little ... these are not countries, but misunderstandings.

              About 180 aircraft were transferred to the Russian register, including from Aeroflot, Pobeda, Utair, Rosaviatsia reports.
              1. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
                Oleg_5 (Oleg) 10 March 2022 12: 42
                Yes, I saw .... will it be enough for a long time? ...
                Experts write - from 3 months to six months.
                And then - a snowball of parsing for parts ... for some time.
                1. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
                  Oleg_5 (Oleg) 10 March 2022 12: 45
                  Moscow. 10th of March. INTERFAX.RU - China has refused to supply Russian airlines with aircraft parts, said Valery Kudinov, head of the airworthiness department for Rosaviatsiya aircraft. According to him, Russia plans to look for opportunities to supply aircraft parts in Turkey, India and other countries.

                  "We instructed the airline itself to determine where it has the opportunity to obtain these spare parts. As far as I know, such information passed that they turned to China, for example, and the Chinese refused," Kudinov told reporters at the MRO Russia & CIS conference .

                  "We will look for (opportunities - IF) through other countries. Perhaps through our partners - through the Turks, maybe through India. Each company will negotiate on its own - we (Rosaviatsia - IF) will simply help legalize these spare parts," Kudinov said .

                  On February 26, the European Union imposed sanctions that prohibit the supply of civil aircraft and spare parts to Russia, as well as their maintenance and insurance. In addition, the sanctions oblige lessors to terminate existing contracts with airlines by the end of March.
                  1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
                    Just a cat (Bayun) 10 March 2022 13: 00
                    You never know what politicians have been saying lately ... Putin a month ago was not going to wet Ukrainians, and equipment with the letter Z stood on the border ... wait and see ...
                    1. Oleg_5 Offline Oleg_5
                      Oleg_5 (Oleg) 10 March 2022 13: 02
                      This is yes ... wait
  3. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 10 March 2022 11: 39
    The closure of the technical department in Kyiv is this exactly the sanctions against Russia? smile
    Old Biden admits that Kyiv is Russian land? Or do they, as usual, stupidly do not understand the difference? laughing
    We are waiting for the pianist's reaction, expressing sincere gratitude for the support lol
  4. bsk_una Offline bsk_una
    bsk_una (Nick) 11 March 2022 07: 39
    Titanium, uranium, which are thrown out of the sanctions against Russia, will hit hard on all enemies. Therefore, it is necessary to simply suspend the supply of these materials until all bans are lifted from Russia. We must be more decisive! And since the leadership has twins such as non-citizens of the country, they should simply be expelled from the leadership. There are many talented people in Russia, and all Vasya-Vasya are a filthy broomstick who hinder the development of the country. I can name: Siluanov, Khristenko, Nabiulina (some other way?), Golikov, Trutnev, Manturov, all the bribes.
  5. Artyom76 Offline Artyom76
    Artyom76 (Artyom Volkov) 11 March 2022 08: 51
    Another question: why is everyone spreading rot on our SSJ100 and threatening not to supply kits, but we supply everything to them in response and do not threaten? Why is the whole game only in our gates?
  6. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 11 March 2022 09: 13
    The fact that having spent a third of the gold reserves, the Kremlin will not dare to limit itself in dollars. There will be no retaliatory sanctions.
  7. Pavel57 Offline Pavel57
    Pavel57 (Paul) 11 March 2022 19: 06
    Airbus does not supply spare parts, and we are titanium for it. A hitch.
  8. Anchonsha Offline Anchonsha
    Anchonsha (Anchonsha) 12 March 2022 00: 49
    Mattresses went too far and sat in their puddle with sanctions against our country. That's it, Russia has already become completely sovereign, that is, independent of the West. And they are not able to close the West from the whole world with a curtain. Neither militarily, nor economically, nor politically is Russia independent. Well, yes, the steps will be put on us, but everything will be solved.