In efforts to cut costs and improve efficiency, prime contractors are finding that direct contact with suppliers is key, executives said Thursday. Optimizing the supply chain involves better supplier integration and better use of e-commerce, Al Mulvey, vice president, UTC Aerospace Supply Management, Pratt&Whitney Canada, said here at Aviation Week's Aerospace Expo '99. If suppliers typically account for 70% of product costs, he said, "we're ignoring more than half our cost" if ...


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