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UPDATE 1-Airbus says has not found suppliers affected by Kobe scandal

From Reuters - October 13, 2017

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PARIS, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Europes Airbus does not buy products directly from Japans Kobe Steel but is investigating whether any of its suppliers have been affected by a cheating scandal at the Japanese group, an Airbus spokesman said.

So far we have not identified any suppliers that procure materials from Kobe Steel for parts fitted on our aircraft, he said by email.

In July last year, however, Kobe Steel said it had begun mass production of titanium forged parts for A350 landing gear. The parts would be supplied to Frances Safran, which manufactures the gear for Airbuss newest long-haul jet.

Safran had no immediate comment.

Announcing the contract jointly with Safran in 2014, Kobe said the parts for A350 landing gear would be manufactured by Kobe Steel and its affiliate Japan Aeroforge in Kurashiki.

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