2019 Aerospace manufacturing attractiveness rankings

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July 2019


Our annual aerospace manufacturing attractiveness rankings report is a guide to promising geographic locations for aerospace development. The index offers comparisons within the United States and globally as well, providing organizations with data they can leverage to help plan for the future.

PwC’s weighting system represents one way to evaluate the data and that individual users may tailor the weightings differently. Our quantitative framework can help provide industry leaders with information to optimize the supply chain, control costs and plan for future growth.


The United States remained on top again. How did other countries/regions rank? 

Top 10 countries by rank for aerospace attractiveness

Which US states are most attractive for aerospace manufacturing?

Top 10 states by rank for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness

Considerations for your business around the world

Passenger growth continues to increase as does global defense spending. The current backlog of aircraft orders will take about 6-8 years to clear even with companies hitting record production levels. The US A&D industry performed especially well in 2018, with exports totaling $151 billion, an increase of 5.8% from the previous year, accounting for 9% of US exports and yielding a $90 billion trade surplus. Although manufacturers have not been immediately hurt by tariffs, they may need to rethink their supply chains longer-term, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region. The trade situation continues to evolve rapidly, and companies should have a plan to deal with the potential ramifications of trade wars with various countries and areas around the world. Some companies may consider reshoring all or part of their supply chain as business conditions merit. 

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Considerations for your business in the United States

The domestic A&D industry is growing along with the overall economy and current unemployment rates are low. As a result, there is increased competition for talent, and A&D companies are under pressure to attract people to their industry. While companies have been creating more outreach programs to broaden the talent pool and include more diverse populations, there is still room for improvement. They industry should increase its appeal to young people to help establish a pipeline of future talent. One program that is helping companies identify promising talent early and guide their career choices is the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) for high school students. The aim of the international competition, entering its thirtieth year, is to inspire students to follow science and technology careers. FRC has become so successful that it has spawned similar type programs for elementary and middle school students. Companies can engage with the program in several ways, from funding teams to providing mentors and equipment. It is an opportunity for A&D companies to work closely with students and introduce them to the opportunities the industry has to offer. 

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How PwC can help

We hope you find this year’s aerospace attractiveness rankings informative and useful. Our Aerospace and Defense Practice provides insights, perspectives and solutions addressing the full-spectrum of scenarios that are changing the possibilities for A&D companies.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the findings from our report. Contact us to discuss your companies specific objectives and how we can work with clients to customize our model for your individual needs.

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Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

Aerospace and Defense Leader, PwC US

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