Airbus decided to abandon Russian titanium: why it will be difficult to do


Airbus Corporation CEO Michael Schollhorn said that in a few months, European airliners will be built without the use of Russian titanium.


According to Schollhorn, Airbus is on the right track to independence from Russia in terms of titanium supplies. This metal, which plays an important role in the production of aircraft, has not yet been sanctioned by Europe at the request of the corporation. American Boeing has already switched to raw materials from Canada, the USA and Japan.

But for a European manufacturer, the process of abandoning Russian titanium can be very painful. VSMPO-AVISMA is the largest producer of titanium in the world and provides 65% of Airbus' needs for this metal. Moreover, the company supplies not only pure titanium in ingots, but also a number of parts for the chassis and engines of European airliners.

Civil aviation is the safest mode of transport due to the careful certification of each node of the future aircraft. The process of obtaining certifications for parts can take years, and any accident starts this process from scratch. Replacing the supplier of titanium and parts from it will not only take a long time, but will also require additional serious costs.

Most companies preferred titanium from VSMPO-AVISMA not only because of the high quality, but also because of the competitive price. Similar products of Japanese or Canadian production are significantly more expensive, which will affect the cost of the finished aircraft. The rejection of Russian titanium will make Airbus aircraft uncompetitive in the world market. Even the American Boeing will cost less, not to mention the new Chinese C919 airliner.

Probably, behind the statement of the head of Airbus is meant the refusal of direct purchases of Russian titanium. Or once again we see the pushing of Washington's interests in the European market. And consumers for VSMPO-AVISMA products can be found in Russia, which is reviving civil aircraft construction, and in China, which is actively developing its aviation industry.
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  1. Scharnhorst Offline Scharnhorst
    Scharnhorst (Scharnhorst) 2 December 2022 18: 54
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    Airbus CEO Michael Schollhorn said that in a few months, European airliners will be built without the use of Russian titanium.

    Let our general director of VSMPO-AVISMA also make a statement about the termination of titanium supplies to the European Union. Let's see who blinks first...
    1. In passing Offline In passing
      In passing (Galina Rožkova) 2 December 2022 19: 01
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      Well, he said they wouldn't directly. Find a pad.
  2. Alexander Popov Offline Alexander Popov
    Alexander Popov (Alexander Popov) 2 December 2022 19: 42
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    Why are we still delivering it?
    It is high time to stop supplying this strategic raw material to the enemy.
    1. lemeshkin Offline lemeshkin
      lemeshkin (lemeshkin) 3 December 2022 13: 23
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      So, do you need money for the operation, or do you think that they can simply be printed?
  3. zloybond Offline zloybond
    zloybond (steppenwolf) 3 December 2022 14: 00
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    It is actively developing - this is not 1 aircraft per quarter. And even more so "actively" - it's not just talk about a new maize plant for 10 years ....
    Yes, and what to drown for the problems of those who independently chose their path. They refused and refused. You don't have to think for them.
  4. lance Offline lance
    lance 3 December 2022 15: 45
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    everything will be the same as for gas: they will buy titanium from a third party, but more expensive - maybe at times.
  5. Alex D Online Alex D
    Alex D (Alex D) 3 December 2022 18: 40
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    Quote: Lance
    everything will be the same as for gas: they will buy titanium from a third party, but more expensive - maybe at times.

    But it seems to me that they will be engaged in the processing of existing metal, from scrap metal, old aircraft parts, etc. It seems to me that they have wealth there, otherwise they would not have provoked Russia into the NWO. The war takes place according to their scenario, which means that they do not worry. For 30 years they robbed Russia for a reason;)
  6. Alex D Online Alex D
    Alex D (Alex D) 4 December 2022 01: 50
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    Quote: Alexander Popov
    Why are we still delivering it?
    It is high time to stop supplying this strategic raw material to the enemy.

    You understand - over the years of reforms, once strategic raw materials began to belong to just anyone. So they buy what belongs to them "by right" as they believe. Reformers in Russia collapsed the ruble 30 years ago (Gref has not yet repaid the debts to the population) and bought assets in Russia with the dollar that has risen in price, together with the Americans. And after the end of the SVO, all these production assets should return to Russia.