02 April 2014

Japanese titanium forging for the main landing gears of the A350

Kobe Steel and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty have agreed to a contract for Kobe Steel to supply the French company of the Safran Group with titanium forgings for the main landing gears of the Airbus A350 XWB.

The main landing gear parts will be manufactured by Kobe Steel and its group company, Japan Aeroforge Ltd., based in Kurashiki, Japan. Japan Aeroforge is a joint venture established in January 2011 by Kobe Steel and Hitachi Metals Ltd. as the 2 major shareholders, along with several other companies. Equipped with a 50,000-ton hydraulic forging press, one of the largest in the world, Japan Aeroforge manufactures large titanium forgings for the growing aerospace industry worldwide.

Kobe Steel, through the agreement with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, will be Japan’s first supplier of large titanium forged parts.

For more than 60 years, Kobe Steel has supplied titanium forgings, sheets, and tubes to the aerospace and industrial sectors.

Based on the press release “Kobe Steel to supply forgings for A350 XWB”

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