The French aerospace supplier industry has been increasingly shaped by Airbus’ needs for its commercial aircraft from the time the European airframer was founded. Parallel to the OEM, it has been part of the never-ending consolidation process that has taken place globally. The French industry rests on a firm foundation, and in the short-to-medium term it has enviable orderbooks. Nevertheless, it has yet to improve in two ways: Financially, a surprising proportion of small suppliers is ...

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