With the ceremonial push of a button, a slab of aluminum slid into an enormous machining center at Nagoya. The crowd applauded and the cameras flashed. At that moment, on Sept. 30, 2010, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) began making Japan's first commercial aircraft in half a century. Now MHI has to start over again. The documentation for the manufacturing processes and engineering analysis is not in order, and time will be needed to complete it, says Hirofumi Takahashi, president of ...

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