European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation – supplier of titanium for the manufacture of aircrafts, have signed the agreement on supply of three new forgings for wing and main landing gear parts for Airbus ?350-1000 aircraft. It is worth recalling that the partners signed a long-term contract, valid until 2020, under which VMSPO-AVISMA supplies the same forgings for Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Airbus Senior Vice President, Purchasing and Materials, Olivier Couquil noted that aircraft manufacturer intends to develop a long-term partnership.
Companies began to cooperate in the 90-ies, when the first agreement on supply of raw materials was signed. Then VSMPO-AVISMA began supplying machined parts with higher added value. In 2009 a long-term contract providing for the supply of flat-rolled products and round stock made of titanium alloys, as well as pressed parts to Airbus and other EADS divisions until 2020. The contract value is estimated at $ 4 billion
According to representatives of Airbus, VMSPO-AVISMA now provides more than 60% company’s demand in titanium. Supplies of titanium forgings for all company programs including the recently launched Airbus A320NEO program are fulfilled. Flight test program for Airbus A350XWB continues, the first flight was made on June 14, 2013. Entry of the aircraft into commercial operation is scheduled for the II half of 2014.