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Agenda Overview

Day 1: Monday, April 15, 2019

7:30AM Morning refreshments & registration
8:30AM Airfinance Journal opening remarks
8:35AM Leeham Co. opening remarks
8:40AM City of Charleston opening remarks
9:15AM Boeing 787 Final Assembly Line tour
12:30PM Networking lunch with keynote speaker
2:00PM One small step: 50 years on

50th anniversary of man on the moon, today’s space program and onward to tomorrow

Johnny Stephenson, Director of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications, NASA
3:00PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
3:30PM Meeting the needs of a privatised space race

Space exploration, previously the sole business of the world’s most affluent governments has seen a wave of new, private entrants. This has resulted in a larger array of opportunities for suppliers in this space to utilise; in addition to the large public institutions who still dominate the sector. Hear what these companies need from suppliers and where your company fits in this space.

4:30PM Supplying the executive jet sector
Bill Williams, Vice President, Supply Chain, Gulfstream
5:15PM Networking drinks reception
6:15PM Networking dinner

Day 2: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

8:00AM Registration & morning refreshments
9:00AM Welcoming remarks
9:05AM Becoming a Boeing supplier
  • The 787 supply chain has gone through well publicised stress recently as a result of engine delays, what can suppliers do to bolster efforts to get 787 production back on track?
  • What impact does Boeing's decision to pursue vertical integration in their supply chain have on existing and prospective suppliers?
  • What are the most important needs of Boeing needs to fill?
9:45AM Opportunities facing tier 1 suppliers in the Southeast
10:45AM Workforce development in the Southeast

All regions and states offer incentives to attract aerospace companies. The key issue facing the companies in the coming years is a surge in workforce retirements of engineers and touch labour. The aerospace companies increasingly are turning to off-shore solutions.

11:15AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11:45AM Competing in an era of consolidation

Airbus acquired a majority stake in the Bombardier CSeries. Boeing and Embraer Commercial await approval of a joint venture. Boeing has acquired companies in the supply chain and is vertically integrating components and systems previously awarded to suppliers. United Technologies acquired Rockwell Collins, which acquired B/E Aerospace. Consolidation continues. How do Tier 1-4 companies compete in an era of consolidation—or should they become part of it?

12:30PM Networking lunch & keynote speaker
2:00PM The future of military aviation production
  • According to PWC, currently, the aerospace & defence sector is spending less on R&D than other critical industries, resulting in a “potential technology defecit”, what can defence suppliers do to buck that trend?
  • Have large defence suppliers & manufacturers been too risk averse in their product development expenditure?
  • What role can potential partnerships between defence suppliers & OEMs play in the development of this sector?
George Bullen, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman
Janet Duffy, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Lockheed Martin
3:00PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
3:30PM Developing new technology and cost control

Composites, aluminum lithium and standard aluminum are choices for future airplane programs, but there are trades and challenges. Costs are different, high-rate production is a requirement and cost controls for current programs are critical. This presentation discusses these issues.