Gaining altitude with PwC

August 2012
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Gaining altitude with PwC

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Commercial aerospace suppliers are enjoying an unprecedented surge in demand. But a new concern is mushrooming on the horizon: globalization.

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Issue 4: Globalization: Aerospace suppliers need a flight plan to sustain growth

Commercial aerospace suppliers are enjoying an unprecedented surge in demand. Orders and air traffic have grown so much the supply base is happily feeling tremendous pressure to keep up. But a new concern is mushrooming on the horizon: globalization.

Aircraft orders, backlogs, and production rates are increasing, but beneath today’s layer of good fortune also lay worries about globalization. To develop a better understanding of the threat, PwC commissioned a supplier globalization study. The study focuses on two dimensions critical to long-term global success: (1) operational readiness to support aircraft manufacturers in customer growth regions and (2) financial readiness to enable globalization expansion strategies.

The results are clear: Many American and European suppliers are at risk of losing leadership positions.

PwC has extensive experience in assisting aerospace suppliers to globalize successfully. Many companies have established an aerospace presence in growth markets with the help of our in-country and international staff. With our experience and knowledge, PwC can help clients evaluate their globalization alternatives quickly, accurately, and confidently.

About the series

PwC Aerospace & Defense has launched a new thought leadership series called "Gaining Altitude with PwC". In this series of whitepapers, we will share with you our insights that we gain from working with you and your peers, customers and suppliers in the ever changing dynamics of the global value chain for aerospace and defense. Our insights will cover all aspects of the program lifecycle: program strategy; bid and proposal; design, engineering and planning; field sustainment; program delivery; IT effectiveness and cross phase processes.

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