In May 2018, the computer-aided design (CAD) software maker Autodesk announced the alliance with General Motors (GM) to explore the use of generative design and additive manufacturing (AM) in developing future vehicles . Dubbed Project Dreamcatcher, Autodesk’s generative design algorithm […]
The USA, keen to enact an “aggressive defence of US trade remedies laws”, attacks Canadian aerospace firm Bombardier – landing a direct blow to both of its closest allies.
Boeing is trapped between a groundswell of “America-first” manufacturing sentiment at home, and a fiercely competitive environment in China—its largest growth market for commercial jets. How the aerospace juggernaut handles this politically charged opportunity will determine the company’s growth prospects […]
Increase in isolationist movements throughout the world questions the model of globally integrated supply chains. Focus on the Brexit and its consequences for Airbus.
Airbus needs to achieve one of its steepest production increases since World War II to keep abreast with surging demand. Its answer: revolutionize the industry through digitization.
Ever thought the aircraft industry is at its peak and has become somewhat boring? Airbus is trying to prove us wrong. It has started on a path towards digitization by appointing a native Google CTO and creating a Digital Accelerator. 3D printing for higher flexibility, connected aircraft for on-point responsiveness and continuous tracking of supplier relationships are only some of the ideas they have for the future supply chain.
The United States is at extreme risk from a global trade war due to its heavy Boeing exposure. Boeing planes are front-and-center targets in a contentious debate over protectionism.
In response to Boeing's complaint that Bombardier sold 75 of its CS100 aircraft to Delta Airlines at a price well below cost, the U.S. Department of Commerce added a 300% import tariff to the aircraft. In addition to appealing the decision, Bombardier's strategy had to change.
In a protectionist political environment, Boeing must adjust its tactics in civil aviation after Bombardier and Airbus outmaneuvered it by forcing it to choose between opposing American jobs and accepting increased foreign competition.
3D Printing has the potential to emerge from a niche status to become a game changer in aircraft manufacturing by reducing production costs, increasing product performance, improving supply chain flexibility, and reducing inventory costs.