Trends in the aviation industry

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Production and logistics in the aviation industry

Trends in the aviation industry are characterized by consolidation of aerospace companies. To better manage the complexity of their market and achieve economies of scale, more aerospace companies are merging and/or forming partnerships with each other. In addition to making accurate forecasts, companies must develop highly efficient global supply chains supported by reliable logistics partners. Aerospace companies rely heavily on air freight services for their supply chains due to the small size of their production batches and the high value of spare parts. Bross & Partner support their aerospace customers in re-engineering and optimizing their supply chain as well as their suppliers and distribution partners in meeting the changing requirements due to digitization of value creation, structural change and cost pressure.

Current trends in the aviation industry

Logistics service provider

Compared to the automotive industry, the aerospace industry has been outsourcing its supply chain to competent third parties for decades. This is one of the trends in the aerospace industry that will continue. However, due to stringent requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other bodies, aerospace has been slower to catch up with the outsourcing trend. This approach is changing as more companies adopt outsourcing strategies that allow them to focus on their core competencies.

Cost pressure and competition

Arguably one of the most serious trends in the aerospace industry is cost pressure. To remain competitive, aerospace companies must take a close look at their inventory costs and remain competitive and profitable, which requires highly efficient operations that not only deliver new aircraft on time, but also minimize the high cost of aerospace-related inventory.

MRO with simulated data

The future of maintenance will rely on simulation. The future of maintenance will rely on simulation. The MRO market is growing steadily due to the increasing number of aircraft and their complexity. Currently, airline budgets are depleted by surprise maintenance. By scheduling maintenance cycles to avoid malfunctions, engineers can minimize the costs associated with grounding. Therefore, the current generation of aircraft can generate much more data than previous generations.