How are aerospace enterprises leveraging R&D service providers? (Deals/Contracts/ Partnerships)
Indian Navy contract for Tech Mahindra for designing and implementing access controls. Total value is $45 million.
Lufthansa Technik Group Embarks on Digital Transformation Journey with PTC Windchill and ThingWorx
Tech Mahindra signs multi-year pact with Airbus for cabin design engineering services.
Sopra Steria has announced a strategic partnership with Madrid-based composite materials R&D center FIDAMC. FIDAMC specialises in supporting the strategic development of the aeronautics sector and is supported by the Spanish government, the Madrid regional government and the main players in the aerospace sector, particularly Airbus.
Bombardier, has selected MI-GSO | PCUBED ( Alten Group) to assist it in managing the performance of its ambitious development program: the Global 7500. This new business aircraft will be the most spacious and will have one of the largest operating ranges in its class. The MI-GSO | PCUBED teams, approximately 30 consultants, are deployed on BOMBARDIER sites in Montreal and Toronto and involved in the following areas: management of the remaining work and production of the Cockpit and Rear-Fuse subassemblies, improvement of the performance of the configuration management system, optimization of program governance,and finally supplier management as part of the transfer of work.
AKKA Technologies has put all its expertise and capability into helping AURA AERO create a first prototype of the cockpit of their two seater aircraft, INTEGRAL for aerobatic, training and tourism aircraft in record time.
Airbus chose Expleo to deploy its new MES system. Expleo is responsible for checking technical prerequisites and training 15,000 Airbus employees at 11 manufacturing sites in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom,
How are aerospace enterprises organizing their R&D? (GICs/ R&D Best Practices/Solutions)
Safran has cracked the code to roll out Bluetooth to all passengers, including their own headphones, as a part of its RAVE Ultra inflight entertainment system. The system will begin shipping to seat manufacturers in the third quarter of 2019.
Rafael to Inaugurate Be’er Sheva R&D Center in Israel. The new center will focus on ground and airborne autonomous systems as well as cybersecurity
Flying V plane concept where passenger will be seated in wings. It will use 20% less fuel than A350-900 while seating same number of passengers. KLM is funding its development. Scaled model will be ready later this year while it will take 20+ years for plane to enter commercial service.
Rolls-Royce acquires Siemens electric propulsion business (180 employees in Germany and Hungary) in a push to its electrification business.
Boeing proposes to cut physical testing and increase more simulation and virtual testing.
Collins Aerospace to open an aerospace innovation hub for advanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in Singapore. It will be Collins’ first titanium additive manufacturing facility, and will be capable of producing prototypes, tooling and development projects.
Rolls-Royce and Singapore Airlines have agreed a co-innovation agreement to identify untapped opportunities to enhance flight efficiency, safety and aircraft availability through digital applications and services such as predictive maintenance, This is part of IntelligentEngine vision of Rolls Royce.
Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines sign hybrid and electric aircraft research agreement. Under the MoU, Airbus and SAS Scandinavian Airlines will cooperate on a joint research project to enhance understanding of the operational and infrastructure opportunities and challenges involved with the large-scale introduction of hybrid and full electric aircraft to airlines modus operandi. The project scope includes five work packages, which focus on analysing the impact of ground infrastructure and charging on range, resources, time and availability at airports.
Airbus opens its Cyber innovation hub in Newport.
How are aerospace service providers developing their solutions and capabalities?
Infosys has strengthened its capabilities and presence in the turbomachinery and propulsion space with the opening of a new Infosys office in Baden, Switzerland.
QuEST Global acquired Dakota Moon, a Nevada based engineering and supply chain services provider to the aerospace industry.
QuEST Global has opened its engineering center in Toulouse,
Indra wants to acquire ITP Aero from Rolls-Royce. Why would an IT service company like to get into aero engine parts manufacturing?
Belcan has made a strategic minority investment in Robot Morning, a provider of aerospace supply chain software and automation solutions. Its proprietary software automates and analyzes the data exchanged between customers and multi-tier suppliers across the aerospace supply chain.
PE firm Searchlight is looking to acquire Latecoere
Capgemini accelerates in the global airline industry by becoming one of the first business partners of Airbus’ Skywise digital platform
Aerospace industry news
Airbus wins China order for 300 jets in US$ 34 Billion blow to Boeing
Now TASL will be the main company of Tata Group in aerospace and defense business. Tata Motors sells its defense business to TASL. Earlier Tata Power also announced the sale of its defense business to TASL.
Trent 1000 R&D issue (premature blade deterioration) costed Rolls-Royce $540 million last year. On top of this direct loss is lost sales. One customer Air NewZealand moves to GE engines because of this issue. Rolls Royce is trying to resolve this issue by end of 2019.
SpaceX successfully launched 60 500-pound satellites into space. SpaceX anticipates launching thousands of satellites — creating a mega-constellation of false stars collectively called Starlink that will connect the entire planet to the internet, and introduce a new line of business.
Over 150 defective parts identified by FAA in 312 Boeing jets including 737 Max.
Bombardier in sell-off talks with Mitsubishi.
Indigo places $20 billion jet engine order with CFM. A big blow to Pratt & Whitney.
Boeing to acquire EnCore, a seat manufacturer. This is after Boeing’s JV with Adient earlier. Aerospace industry is moving towards consolidation and vertical integration.
Boom Supersonic is building a supersonic jet with twice the speed of current mainstream jets. New York to London in 3.15 hours instead of current 7 hours. Similarly Sydney to Los Angeles in 6.45 hours and Tokyo to San Francisco in 5.30 hours.
A mega merger in Aerospace & Defense industry. Raytheon and United Technologies agree to all stock merger that would create $76 billion second biggest aerospace and defense firm in US after Boeing.
Indigo places $20 billion jet engine order with CFM International (CFM). A big blow to Pratt & Whitney.
Mitsubishi buys CRJ to enhance aftermarket offer. The price is $550 million.
HAL wants private firm to build civilian version of Dhruv chopper. India has only 100 civil helicopters. In comparison Mexico has 1000 and Brazil 2000. It can change with private sector participation in helicopter manufacturing.
Boeing to work with Kitty Hawk (Flying car company floated by Larry Page) on flying cars and safety.
Aerospace resources: consultant/ analyst updates
Roland Berger: As growth slows in the commercial aircraft industry and OEMs trim costs, suppliers must embrace change and reinvent themselves to become indispensable. (Link)
Roland Berger: Electric propulsion is finally on the map. (Link)