Aeronautic & Defense

Advanced technologies, small series, international competition, strong requirements for quality and service,
aeronautics and defense are sectors in mutation.

The challenges of the sector

A multitude of heterogeneous actors
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• Giants (Airbus, Boeing…) that set the pace for the entire production chain.
• Strong dependence on engine and equipment key manufacturers.
• Diamond structure that masks the dependence on certain key actors (Raw materials, surface treatments, non-destructive testing…).
• Economies of scale and multi-sourcing limited by small series
A very cyclical activity
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• Forecasted growth of 2% per year over 10 years but order books cyclical depending to the programs.
• Business reduction due to the 2008 crisis and the lack of competencies management that led to a loss of expertise.
• Financing difficulties for SMEs to follow the ramp-up of production (R & D investment, machinery and treasury).
Products with high added-value
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• Multitude of references and important levels of BOMs; Spare parts availability to be ensured over several decades.
• Long cycle times, from a few weeks to several years.
• Triptych quality, security and traceability more and more binding.
• Value of work in progress which penalises the small players in terms of working capital requirements and complicates production control
• Strong R&D investment, necessary to stay in the race, coupled with outsourcing of R&D to suppliers.
A business with high transformation
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• Increased competition from emerging countries with pressure on prices and innovation.
• Refocusing and outsourcing strategies towards a complete service offer (design, industrialisation, manufacturing, and installation).
• After market becomes as important as original equipment market.
• Technological breakthroughs in progress (additive manufacturing, composites…).
• Reinforced contractualisation and penalties (AOG)

Your problems and our solutions

  • Harmonise and accelerate exchanges with your customers, factories, and suppliers

    • Set up differentiated and market-oriented service policies.
    • Synchronise programs and sites around the extended S&OP loop (global and local S&OP, master plans of production and distribution).
    • Homogenise planning practices and mitigate the Bullwhip effect with standard demand-driven MRP.
  • Accelerate business change and the introduction of new products and services as a competitive advantage

    • Industry and Supply Chain 4.0: additive manufacturing, modular and connected factory, augmented reality, M2M, Big Data.
    • Product Lifecycle Management, differentiated management of forecasts, management of launches/end of life and switch of products.
  • Adapt to variability and uncertainty of demand and customers

    • Adapt flow control and inventory policies to the targeted service levels (pull/push flow, decoupling point, delayed, differentiation…)
    • Improve responsiveness and flexibility of industrial means (reduction of cycles, firm horizons, adjustment of batch sizes…).
    • Prepare and accompany change with Change Management and transformation strategies.

Some references of the sector

Zodiac Aerospace

ThyssenKrupp Aerospace

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Antoine Perret

Aeronautics & Defense Expert

Antoine intervenes from the strategic definition to the operational implementation on the field in complex and international industrial environments including Aeronautics, Automotive and Pharmaceutical industries. He notably worked with Safran Helicopter Engines & Aircraft Engines, Lisi Aerospace, and SK Sédéméca.

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