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As Boeing Avoids Russian Titanium Supply, a Japanese Producer Is Stepping in

  • Japanese company wins orders from U.S. aviation customers
  • Boeing stopped buying from Russia due to invasion of Ukraine
Toho’s titanium sponge.

Toho’s titanium sponge.

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Japanese company Toho Titanium Co. is ramping up output of the metal used to make aircraft amid a shortfall caused by Boeing Co. and Airbus SE avoiding purchases from Russia, the world’s largest supplier. 

Toho has won orders from U.S. aviation industry customers who are looking for alternatives to Russian supply, according to Hiromu Tomeba, manager of the corporate planning division. It’s been asked to ship 2,000 to 3,000 tons of titanium sponge to them by the end of the year, he said.