Industry press is full of stories highlighting changes in the aerospace supply chain driven by globalization and mega-deals like United Technologies-Goodrich. While these changes are noteworthy, a silent revolution is reshaping the supply chain from below: Tier 4 consolidation. This stage of the supply chain comprises raw materials (mill product) as well as products from specialty processes such as forgings, castings and extrusions. Tier 4 suppliers sell their goods to aerospace ...

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