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In Touch with Industry: ICAF Industry Studies 1997: Aircraft   [open pdf - 1MB]

The aircraft industry is essential to the nation's power and economic health. Although the market for commercial aircraft is growing, the requirement for large numbers of military aircraft is declining, compelling manufacturers to reevaluate their market strategies. Leading aircraft manufacturers in the United States and Europe are preparing for the future by sharpening their focus, identifying core competencies, and shedding excess capacity. Innovative approaches include cost reductions, outsourcing and offshore production, and the benefits of information technology. Many have formed alliances to counter the high cost and risk of aircraft production, and are collaborating in the development of new systems. Though U.S. companies lead the world aircraft market, aggressive competition from European manufacturers is forcing them to improve their response to customer demands for reliable and affordable aircraft. Continued innovation is needed to ensure that U.S. aircraft productivity matches or exceeds its European counterpart.

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1997
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ICAF Industry Studies 1997
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