Airbus and VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of Seamless Titanium Tubes and the related pre-material to be used for hydraulic systems for all Airbus programmes. This is the first agreement of this kind signed between the companies and is compliant to the strategy for the product portfolio extension.
Mikhail Voevodin, VSMPO-AVISMA Chief Executive Officer, confirms that the signed Agreement «speaks for Customer's confidence and demonstrates VSMPO-AVISMA's wish and readiness to meet market challenges».
«Tubes for hydraulic systems represent high-technology and very critical type of products today manufactured by few companies globally, – tates the speaker. – We have made significant investments, spent time and expended efforts to get this opportunity of manufacturing and supplying such a product to our partner».
«This agreement is an important step in the development of our Titanium Tubes supply chain. It also usefully complements our already fruitful partnership with VSMPO», said Olivier Cauquil, Airbus Senior Vice President Material and Parts Procurement.
VSMPO-AVISMA is a key supplier of titanium for Airbus. The companies began to cooperate in the 90's, when the first agreements for supply of raw materials were signed. Over time, the nomenclature of purchased products has evolved to include higher added value products. At the moment VSMPO-AVISMA is supplying titanium forgings for all Airbus commercial programmes, including the A380 and the A350 XWB. Russian titanium is used for the production of the landing gears, wing and pylon structures, – parts which undergo the highest loads in flight.