Aerospace Supplier Squeeze – Ways Out?
by Kurt Baes, Willem Romanus, Mattias Banck
March 2016
Arthur D. Little’s strategic recommendations for commercial aerospace suppliers

This guest blog post at Aerospace Diary, an online forum for aerospace professionals, is based on Arthur D. Little's Viewpoint that takes the same title. The aerospace and defense (A&D) industry today struggles with a duality: defense-driven segments are taking hits due to significant governmental budget cuts, while commercial aircraft manufacturing enjoys double-digit growth. A supplier of the future will not only need to be able to handle greater volumes efficiently, but also provide a more complex offering. The industry outlook may be bright and the challenges painfully real, but suppliers in this industry have no choice but transformation.