It has companies that lead the world in their sectors, a rich heritage of manufacturing and innovation stretching back to before the Second World War, and unique access to the biggest defence market in the world. Yet Canada’s aerospace industry must confront huge challenges.
Our 18-page, 26 March Canadian special report looks at some of these, from Bombardier’s battle to get its flagship CSeries certificated and winning a credible share of the narrowbody market, to those faced by some of its medium and small players. A shrinking US defence market and, what some describe as a dysfunctional procurement system at home have hit some firms hard. There is also a view that Canada’s SMEs have become a bit complacent, relying on domestic primes to provide build-to-print manufacturing work and not being aware enough of the rising threat from overseas systems integrators with their own supply chains.
We have features on the CSeries and its supply chain as well as Canadian military procurement. We focus on the efforts of the Montreal aerospace cluster to push its members up the global value chain. And we have profiles on several Canadian companies, including Field Aviation, Diamond Aircraft, Fying Colours, Magellan, Viking, CMC, Heroux-Devtek and CMC.
Elsewhere in the issue, a big month for the big two, as Airbus and Boeing notch up landmark order from the likes of Turkish Airlines, Ryanair and Lufthansa. What does it mean for the industry? Plus: How GE retained the 777 engine monopoly, the false alarms that triggered the EC225 ditchings and the future of IAE.