Aerostructure providers are used to being unloved. They build to print, making aircraft subassemblies based on designs usually owned by others, so there isn’t much intellectual property or aftermarket revenue to be harvested later. In today’s push to own the life cycle, that is not a desirable place to start. Worse yet, aerostructures makers must hold the assets and employees needed to make the aircraft sections—a capital-intensive position long discarded by leading ...


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