Incoming and outgoing 787 suppliers caught up in intricate distribution process
Boeing’s delegation of greater design and program responsibility to its 787 supplier network began rippling through the industry even before the airplane was launched in April 2004. The 787’s Tier 1 supplier network—particularly for its systems—mimics the spider web of relationships that Boeing established in giving design, development and production authority to them. Just as Boeing wanted to tap into their expertise, spread its risk and extend its manufacturing footprint abroad, the ...
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