Aerospace

The aerospace sector faces a number of requirements and constraints:

  • Trend towards reduced operating costs, causing maintenance contracts to become increasingly complex (contracts based on flight time or number of cycles, integrated or non-integrated inventory management, variable number of exclusions)
  • Fleets need to be renewed with the latest generation of more fuel-efficient aircraft
  • Introduction of new technologies, resulting in a change in the balance of power between suppliers

The short-term challenge for the industry remains the effective implementation of complex production systems:

  • Steering: control of all critical parameters, optimising performance/productivity
  • Supply chain: business continuity, minimising inventory costs and intermediaries
  • Production system: interfaces with partners, including new low-cost airlines (Northern Africa, Eastern Europe, Far East), sharing of standards/tools/best practices

In the longer term, the growing determination of Original Equipment Manufacturers to capture value downstream by offering services and maintenance can profoundly alter the value chain: Maintenance Repair and Operations companies need to prepare their response by aiming to reach critical mass, improving their cost position and capitalising on their independence and expertise; as for Original Equipment Suppliers, they need to protect their negotiating power by packaging their own offers to end clients.