“The nature of how we design, develop and produce airplanes is transforming,” said PNAA’s executive director, Melanie Jordan. “In an era where innovation, increased efficiencies and cost reductions are paramount, digital technologies, data analytics, automation & robotics, advanced materials & manufacturing techniques are key enablers to the future success of aerospace companies.
“This year, PNAA’s conference will focus on transformation and what suppliers must do to thrive in a fiercely competitive global marketplace, including the adoption of Industry 4.0 and responding to the changing dynamics with the airplane and engine OEMs.”
Leading speakers from Boeing, Airbus and tier 1-3 companies will provide programme updates and insights on the changing aerospace industry, with tangible examples of successful responses.
PNAA’s four-day event will also feature speakers from Spirit AeroSystems, Dassault Systemes, Norsk Titanium, Triumph Group, Latecoere International and a lively panel discussion on Aerospace Disruptors. Richard Aboulafia, an internationally recognised aerospace expert from Teal Group will return as a featured speaker to present his annual ‘Global Aerospace Market Outlook’, which includes an analysis of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Dr Kevin Michaels, president of Aerodynamic Advisory will open the conference with a detailed look at the Changing Supply Chain. Michaels has over 30 years of aviation experience and is a globally recognised expert in the aerospace manufacturing and MRO sectors. He also has significant expertise in business-to-business marketing and strategic planning.
"PNAA’s conference is an incredible opportunity for Northwest suppliers, manufacturers and service providers to meet with aerospace leaders from companies around the world,” said Ted Croft, PNAA chairman and co-founder of Pyrotek Aerospace. “They will make business connections that will help them prosper in transformational times and learn how 21st century digital technologies and modern manufacturing can prepare them for the future.”
Conference early bird discount rates will expire December 15. Registrants can save $100 just by registering early. In 2017, 620 people attended PNAA’s Conference representing 350 businesses from Europe, Asia and the Americas. The annual event takes place at the Lynnwood Convention Centre.