Maker of plane parts Boeing calls flawed supplied Spirit, others – sources

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Oct 14 (Businesshala) – An Italian subcontractor at the center of the latest snag to emerge on the Boeing (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner has worked for a broader set of aerospace companies, including Spirit Aerosystems (SPR.N), according to the industry . Sources and documents.

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Boeing and regulators said parts of some of the first 787 jetliners were improperly manufactured over the past three years. They were supplied indirectly by Manufacturing Process Specification (MPS) as a subcontractor to Leonardo (LDOF.MI).

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In March, Boeing warned Spirit Aerosystems about suspected problems with parts in MPS and asked it to use alternative suppliers as it continued to audit the Italian company’s operations, according to a letter seen by Businesshala.

It asked Wichita-based Spirit to locate any MPS parts it used back in 2017 and treated them as “suspected non-conforming,” meaning they would be subject to further investigation.

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“During the course of Boeing’s further testing and evaluation, taking great care, Boeing has also decided to treat all products processed by MPS as suspicious,” the statement said.

Boeing and Spirit did not immediately comment on the letter. Boeing said there were no immediate safety issues due to problems for the 787 Dreamliners already in service.

Brindisi, Italy-based MPS, a coating supplier, did not respond to phone calls and an emailed request for comment.

According to a list available through the plan maker’s website, MPS is also an approved supplier of Airbus (AIR.PA).

A spokesman for the European company did not immediately comment when asked whether it or its suppliers had used any parts associated with recent work done by MPS.

Reporting by Tim Heffer in Paris, David Shepardson in Washington and Francesca Landini in Milan; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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