For Suppliers It Is Survival Of The Financed

Salt Lake City Hexcel plant
In the heydays of the last decade, key commercial suppliers expanded, such as Hexcel’s largest carbon-fiber and matrix manufacturing plants in greater Salt Lake City. Last year, the company filed a Warn Act notification for layoffs of as many as 430 workers there.
Credit: Hexcel
For the commercial aerospace supply chain, now comes the hard part. Leading aircraft OEMs are issuing aspirational—and debatable—post-pandemic commercial aircraft production rate outlooks, pressuring suppliers to spend money so they can be ready to hike manufacturing. Yet labor forces and factory...

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