This is truly scary news, and it has potentially global impact.
VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, a company which supplies critical titanium parts for the aerospace industry, including Boeing,
The plane you may be flying in next trip could have counterfeit metal parts in critical areas. The investigation has just begun.
More than 750 fake certificates were issued. What is unclear is the number of pieces each faked certificate might cover, their specific place in an aircraft, etc.
This is a clear kick in the pants to the VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, but if the fakery is taking place there, where else in Russia might it be taking place? How often are substandard parts manufactured in Russia and why did it take seven years to uncover? Who certifies the certifiers?
Russian industry has used counterfeit metal from titanium giant VSMPO-Avisma which are used in production and repair of aircraft.
On 4 February, Russian media have reported that more than 750 fake certificates for titanium products manufactured by VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation were found at the Voronezh aircraft factory. All of them were delivered to the factory in 2011-2018, follows from the report of the Deputy Prosecutor of the region Yuri Nemkin. He presented this information at the board meeting on Thursday, January 31.
Counterfeit metal was used for creation and repair of the aircraft. The prosecutors are sure, that after taking measures, this kind of actions are stopped. The company suffered damage more than 7.5 million rubles.
A criminal case about abuse of authority has been initiated and is investigating now. (part 1 of article 201 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). The maximum sanction according to the article is up to 4 years in prison.
VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation supplying its products to the aerospace, chemical industry, power engineering industries.
VSMPO-AVISMA supplies Russian defense companies and also Boeing with titanium on long-term contracts. According to the Russian firm, it meets 35 percent of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ demand for the metal.
Besides, VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation became the first Russian partner of Airbus company, whom the aircraft building concern named the supplier of best quality products. It was stated by Mr. Orazio Lanzotti, the Airbus representative, on 6th February.
The meeting of Mr. Orazio Lanzotti with the top management of Corporation represented by Oleg Leder, Marketing & Sales Deputy Director General, Mikhail Leder, Science & Technology Director, and Oleg Ryabov, Production Director, was held on 6th February in the VSMPO museum – exhibition centre. Mr. Orazio Lanzotti presented to the Corporation top management a delicate crystal-glass statuette as a token of recognition of the Russian enterprise as the supplier of quality products to the largest European aircraft manufacturer.