Aerospace supply chain to share data online

22 July 2010

22 July 2010 | Lindsay Clark

EADS has announced a project to enable aerospace and aviation suppliers and clients to share supply chain data using a web-based system.

The software, which has been commissioned by EADS-owned manufacturer Airbus, will be used to communicate with firms across several tiers via one aerospace supply chain management system. It will replace individual portals currently used and will help the industry predict and plan capacity, fine-tune delivery quantities and dates, as well as order status tracking. It will also be integrated with suppliers’ internal systems. It is hoped the sharing of information will also lead to efficient savings.

The system will be used by aerospace firms Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales, as well as other EADS projects including Eurocopter and Astrium. The co-operation, entitled BoostAeroSpace, began this summer and is expected to become available to the wider European aerospace industry.

It comes at a time when the industry is under pressure to reduce overheads as key clients in the defence sector put pressure on costs. During the Farnborough International Airshow this week, UK defence secretary Liam Fox said current spending plans were “entirely unaffordable”.

The EADS system will be run on web-based software from SupplyOn which has been used in the automotive industry. It aims to improve transparency and standardisation in the supply chain and support co-operation. Neither firm would reveal the how much would be spent on the new system.

“We are significantly strengthening the competitive position of European aerospace companies, and at the same time also making a considerable contribution to our cost reduction targets,” said Matthias Naumann, senior vice president, global information management services, EADS. “The industry approach, which SupplyOn has applied in the automotive industry with great success, played a critical role in choosing this technology partner.”

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