United Technologies Affected by Washington-Moscow Tensions



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The headlines have been recently dominated by news of unrest in Ukraine, beginning with the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Friction has escalated even further with fighting breaking out in Eastern Ukraine between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed up separatists. The catalyst was the mistaken shoot-down of a Malaysian airlines commercial jetliner over Ukraine which has resulted in international condemnation. Consequently, he US aerospace industry has been put in an uncomfortable position as of late, in addition to other major contractors for the US military.With US and EU sanctions imposed on the banking and energy businesses in Russia, sanctions on the titanium trade are surely soon to follow. Companies such as Boeing and United Technologies along with Airbus Group purchase a very sizable share of their titanium from VSMPO-Avisma Corp, which is a Russian-based entity.

Four companies provide over 90% of the total 120 million pounds of titanium used in the aerospace industry each year. This will directly affect United Technologies, which uses this titanium in its landing gear as well as its Pratt & Whitney engines. United Technologies is a multinational conglomerate that generates a reported $62.626 billion annually and employs 218,300 people globally. Founded in 1975, it is now a publicly-traded S&P 500 Component company. They are involved in the research, development, and production of many high-technology products that span areas including but not limited to aircraft engines, helicopters, industrial products, missile systems, and fuel cells. ASAP Semiconductor is a premier distributor of United Technologies spare parts, supporting parts from all its subsidiaries as well. We supply parts for all United Technologies’ current platforms in the commercial, civil, and defense markets. Browse your inventory on www.asap-purchasing.com or contact one of our sales staff at sales@asapsemi.com to see how we can assist you today.


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