Gaining altitude with PwC

August 2012
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Gaining altitude with PwC

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With an asset and working capital intense environment, the ability of companies to react to a changing demand is paramount for continued growth and customer satisfaction. PwC has identified opportunities to incorporate leading practices into commercial aviation spares forecasting.

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Issue 3 – Value chain maturity: Focus on commercial aviation spares forecasting best practices

In the $50 billion commercial aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market, the area of spares forecasting has significant opportunities for improvement. With an asset and working capital intense environment, the ability of companies to react to a changing demand is paramount for continued growth and customer satisfaction.

PwC, with the encouragement of several major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), worked with industry leaders from around the world to understand current leading/next practices to improve spares forecasting. Understanding these improvements is foundational to supply chain and MRO excellence throughout the OEMs, operators, and third-party MRO/spares value chain.

  • Better leading indicators for future demand signals for repairs and spares
  • Improved information to reduce lead times on aircraft parts turnaround time
  • Opportunities to reduce spares inventories across the value chain
  • Better organizational alignments enhancing communication

In addition, PwC identified opportunities to incorporate leading practices into commercial aviation spares forecasting as well as next practices that should be considered.

Related reading:

Spares forecasting: A commercial aviation perspective on value chain maturity and best practices
Commercial airlines and aerospace and defense companies need to develop demand forecast information to improve their inventory and manufacturing operations while accounting for predicted and unexpected maintenance.

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