Affordable metal 3D printing could democratize manufacturing once and for all
This essay examines Boeing’s strategies in dealing with the effects of nationalist policies on its supply system.
Managing against US sanctions is a supremely difficult task, requiring political rather than commercial skills. For the last three decades, sanctions have blocked Iran Air from obtaining new aircrafts and spare parts. On the cusp of finally obtaining modern aircrafts, Iran Air faces the imminent possibility of dashed hopes.
International trade has “democratized” the aircraft industry. Can major players sustain control over an increasingly global supply chain and survive the threat of international OEMs?
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.
The airlines’ operating model is going to be affected deeply by both direct and indirect climate change consequences. IAG is already addressing some of this issues, while others are not making any changes arguing that air travel is an irreplaceable industry.
Aircraft manufacturers such as the European conglomerate Airbus have been very vocal about the “unfair” pressure that they are facing from environmental activists and organizations to reduce GHG emissions and drive greener innovation. But the aviation industry might not only be facing reputational issues: climate change could ultimately challenge their profitability and alter their whole business model.
With its 787 Dreamliner, Boeing made a costly bet, failed, but persevered to fight climate change while delivering value to customers.
Airlines generate 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The industry is well aware, and set the goal of reducing net emissions by 50% before 2050. Will they achieve it? Is this enough? Keep reading to explore these questions using Delta Airlines as an example.