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Customers for aerospace structural components and assemblies are intensely demanding. They have to be, as the consumers for their end products -- whether they be major U.S. air carriers, fractional share leasing companies or military procurement organizations -- want low-cost, quality aircraft and defense air vehicles delivered on time and at tremendous value.
Suppliers of aerospace structural components must meet demanding standards or lose the opportunity to provide those products to competitors both here in North America and abroad.
This competition drives productivity. Technology has proven to be, and will continue to be, a central part of massive productivity improvements in our industry. To be clear, suppliers rely first and foremost on talented human beings, without whom we would fail. But we must, to remain competitive, provide our team members with tools to increase the value of their output. …