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Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy

Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by John R. Bryson, Jennifer Clark and Vida Vanchan

This interdisciplinary volume provides a critical and multi-disciplinary review of current manufacturing processes, practices, and policies, and broadens our understanding of production and innovation in the world economy. Chapters highlight how firms and industries modify existing processes to produce for established and emerging markets through dynamic and design-driven strategies. This approach allows readers to view transformations in production systems and processes across sectors, technologies and industries. Contributors include scholars ranging from engineering to policy to economic geography. The evidence demonstrates that manufacturing continues to matter in the world economy.

Chapter 19: Aerospace manufacturing: past, present and future

Colin G. Drury

Subjects: business and management, strategic management, geography, economic geography, urban and regional studies, regional studies


This chapter provides an overview of aerospace manufacturing. Aviation hardware, like most products, has aspects of product and history that make it uniquely challenging, so these are presented first. The service requirements for aerospace hardware determine to a large extent the manufacturing requirements. Thus in order to understand how modern manufacturing issues, such as supply chains, design and outsourcing, affect manufacturing, a current overview is presented before these effects are considered in more detail.

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