It was a very European compromise. Back in 2007, reeling from a feeble dollar, the A380 debacle and the need to fund development of the A350, bosses of the then-EADS launched a drive to cut costs and streamline the Franco-German group’s cumbersome vertically-integrated organisation. Part of the solution involved divesting aerostructures plants in France, Germany and the UK to chosen suppliers. The idea was that these enterprising and leaner tier ones would introduce efficiencies, while guaranteeing a continuity of supply.
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