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Aerospace and defence

The defence and aerospace industries are currently going through profound and longstanding transformations. The aerospace industry is still in rapid growth mode driven by the demand of emerging countries and new low-consumption-aircrafts. The defence industry however, is the victim of a decrease in state demand, linked in particular to the reduction of European countries’ defence budgets. This calls into question the global economic model of big defence projects that drive research and innovation.

Challenges in the aerospace and defence industry

In general, the competitive pressure, the arrival of new entrants, the transfer of technologies and the importance of local plants make it mandatory to enforce a globalized supply chain, collaboration within the company and with suppliers as well as end to end program management along the product lifecycle.

In the aerospace industry, the entire chain, from suppliers to manufacturers, should not only guarantee the ramp-up of the supply chain but also the conception of new models that are cheaper to use.

How we can help with aerospace and defence

We assist our clients in their transformation programs, from the identification of opportunities to the implementation of all operational performance levers;

Operational organization

  • Definition of plants and evolution of the operational organization to anticipate or face business model issues, growth, PMI, and harmonization of functioning methods

Technology, design and collaboration

  • Structuration of technological roadmaps and improving cooperative research and development program management
  • Design-to-value on programmes between partners
  • Supply chain digitalization and collaboration with suppliers along the entire product life cycle

Supply chain optimization

  • Optimization of the upstream supply chain: sourcing and offset strategy, cycle reduction, inventory and WIP reduction, master supplier economic performance, adaptability to demand variations, global supply chain control tower
  • Maintain optimal operational conditions (reduction of lead times, planning and forecasting of MRO flows, stock optimization etc.)
  • Optimization of spare parts distribution (forecasts, sourcing and distribution networks, stock policies)

Our approach

We apply a combination of technical expertise, operational experience and business knowledge to help our clients solve aerospace and defence issues and deliver lasting results. Our personal and pragmatic approach, with challenge where needed, ensures buy-in at all levels of our clients’ businesses and a successful outcome. We have worked with a wide range of organizations in the aerospace and defence industry including Thales, Safran Electrical & Power, Nexter Systems, Naval Group, Manchester Airports Group Plc, Airbus Helicopters, MBDA, Latécoère and Eutelsat. Learn more about us here.