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Boeing is using more titanium and carbon fibre materials in its aircraft

Boeing plans to use more materials such as titanium and carbon fibres in future aircraft instead of aluminium, as competitors come under increasing pressure to optimise its costs in the supply chain. "We're ready to roll out a new aircraft," said Will Shaffer, Boeing's director of raw materials.

In addition, during the aluminum processing process, such as the 777X manufacturing process, the company will transform the extruded plate into the output of the whole part. The raw material conversion will involve Boeing's estimated delivery of 38,050 aircraft over the next 20 years, worth $56 billion, 70% of which are single-aisle aircraft like the 737.

Increased competition is driving us to look for every aspect we can afford, not only in terms of overall operating costs, but also acquisition costs and our pricing power in the market. Boeing wants to find a way out among its suppliers to get the most value for the parts it needs in this "more is less" market economy. The company's move to replace aluminum parts with more titanium and carbon fibers, a sign that it is improving efficiency and cutting costs. We are in the process of value engineering, making decisions as we explore, and the conclusions of this process will determine how much aluminum Boeing will use in its aircraft in the future. Aluminum's dominant position in aircraft is being influenced by other materials, and aluminum suppliers are developing new materials to improve their lightweight.
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