In the early 2000s, a new metric entered the lexicon of aerospace leaders: employees in low-cost countries. The aerospace supply chain was globalizing and transitioning manufacturing activities to locations with lower land, labor and facility costs was viewed as a means of ensuring competitiveness. OEMs reconfigured their value chains to embrace low-cost countries, and new aerospace clusters were created in locations as far flung as Mexico, Morocco, Poland, China and Malaysia.  Has the ...

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