Supply Chain Integration Challenges in Commercial Aerospace

A Comprehensive Perspective on the Aviation Value Chain

  • Klaus Richter
  • Johannes Walther

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Product Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Johannes Walther, Daniel Wäldchen
      Pages 57-71
    3. Reinhart Poprawe, Christian Hinke, Wilhelm Meiners, Johannes Schrage, Sebastian Bremen, Jeroen Risse et al.
      Pages 73-87
  3. Configuration and Demand

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Avinash Goré, Alexander Nathaus
      Pages 105-118
  4. Component Manufacturing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Gernot Strube, Karel Eloot, Nadine Griessmann, Rajat Dhawan, Sree Ramaswamy
      Pages 141-159
  5. Assembly and Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Isabelle Sciannamea
      Pages 193-207
    3. Richard Hauser, Hans-Jörg Kutschera, Benoit Romac
      Pages 209-219
    4. Helmuth Ludwig, Alastair Orchard
      Pages 221-234
  6. Life Cycle Business Models and Aftermarket

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Jörg Rissiek, Mikkel Bardram
      Pages 249-265
    3. Stefan Berndes
      Pages 279-297

About this book


This book presents firsthand insights into strategies and approaches for the commercial aerospace supply chain in response to the numerous changes that airlines, aircraft OEMs and their suppliers have experienced over the past few decades. In doing so, it investigates the entire product value chain.

Accordingly, the chapters address the challenges of configuration and demand, and highlight the specificities of customization in the aviation industry. They analyze component manufacturing, share valuable insights into assembly and integration activities, and describe aftermarket business models.

In order to ensure more varied and balanced coverage, the book includes contributions by researchers, suppliers, and experts and practitioners from consulting companies and the aircraft industry. Taken together, they provide a holistic perspective on the transformation drivers and the innovations that have either been implemented or will be adopted in the near future.

The book introduces and describes new concepts and innovations such as 3D printing, E2E demand management, digital production, predictive maintenance and open innovation in general, supplementing them with sample industrial applications from the aviation sector.


supply chain segmentation open innovation 3D-printing E2E demand management predictive maintenance aircraft OEMs customization in aviation industry

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus Richter
    • 1
  • Johannes Walther
    • 2
  1. 1.Airbus Group Blagnac CedexFrance
  2. 2.IPM GmbH HannoverGermany

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods