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September 25, 2018

5. SCE Forum in Hamburg: On the digital future and structural changes in the aerospace industry

Matching themes: Aerospace, Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, digitale Transformation

Hot topics: How the SCE Initiative supports the ongoing structural change in the aerospace industry and why digitization is key to securing the future of German aerospace SMEs (Photo: so-called 'Marketplace of Opportunities' at the event).
Hot topics: How the SCE Initiative supports the ongoing structural change in the aerospace industry and why digitization is key to securing the future of German aerospace SMEs (Photo: ‘Marketplace of Opportunities’ at the event).

Hamburg calling: Preceding the ‘Aviation and Space Regions’ day, the Supply Chain Excellence Initiative (an association of regional aerospace associations and clusters, BDLI and SPACE) chose the Hanseatic city for its 5th SCE Forum on September 19.

Diehl Aviation redefines Purchasing and Supply Chain

Dr. Franz Josef Kirschfink, Managing Director of Hamburg Aviation, welcomed the participants of the SCE Forum.
Dr. Franz Josef Kirschfink, Managing Director of Hamburg Aviation, welcomed the participants of the SCE Forum.

After being welcomed by the two leading regional associations, Mr. Schwarz from bavAIRia and Dr. Kirschfink from Hamburg Aviation, Johannes Bloch, new head of purchasing at Diehl Aviation, presented Diehl Aviation’s new purchasing and supply chain strategy under the motto “We are One”.

He encouraged the 150 representatives of the German aerospace industry to pave the way to intelligent value creation as suppliers of Diehl, having production facilities in Germany but also in low cost countries. In this context, he also addressed the importance of supplier portals such as the Diehl Portal and AirSupply.

Johannes Bloch, Senior Vice President Strategic Procurement at Diehl Aviation, presented Diehl's future purchasing strategy.
Johannes Bloch, Senior Vice President Strategic Procurement at Diehl Aviation, presented Diehl’s future purchasing strategy.

How the SCE Initiative supports supply chain best practices supports SMEs

This was followed by a series of best-practices presentations for successful supply chain activities in medium-sized companies, including an industrialization project of E.I.S. Electronics GmbH in cooperation with SPACE, the cooperation activities of Ziegler GmbH, an aviation specialist for turned and milled parts from Markdorf, the internationalization activities of CompriseTec GmbH and a practical report by Uwe Gröning of Innovint Aircraft Interior GmbH on the certification and qualification challenges. All presentations had in common that the presented topics had greatly benefited from the SCE Initiative’s support.

‘Marketplace of Opportunities’: Sharing ideas for ensuring the competitiveness of German aerospace SMEs 

The SCE partners – and in particular the regional associations and SPACE – set up a ‘Marketplace of Opportunities’ with dedicated topic corners to exchange best practices, to discuss specific needs and to inform on upcoming events, such as the planned workshop of bavAIRia on November 26, 2018 in Oberpfaffenhofen. At this event, bavAIRia, SupplyOn and leading German aerospace companies will hold a workshop on “IT-supported data exchange in the supply chain”. For further information, please refer to the bavAIRia website (in German)

After socializing and networking during lunch break, there were two more exciting lectures for the participants:

Funding options by the federal government

Mr. Heibel from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology presented the funding option of the Aerospace Equipment Program for German aerospace companies, e.g. loans that need not to be fully repaid.

Bernd Heibel of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) explains funding options.
Bernd Heibel of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) explains funding options.

There was great interest in to this among the participants, especially with regard to the loan conditions.

Supply chain digitization is key to future success

Mr. Holzwarth from SupplyOn presented the first results of a recent SCE digitization survey which had been conducted by SPACE, the German regional aerospace associations, management consultancy h&z and SupplyOn.

German aerospace SMEs regard digitization not only as a great chance, but also as a key action item to remain competitive. However, OEMs / customer data is not always of sufficient quality for an automated transfer into the downstream supply chain. Despite recognizing the importance of digitization, implementation lags behind. Thus, German aerospace SMEs need support to ensure  customer data quality and drive the digitization of the supply chain. The full survey results will be available on the websites of the regional associations and BDLI by the beginning of October.

Summary

Once again, the 5th edition of the SCE Forum provided valuable insights into how German aerospace SMEs can prepare themselves to meet future challenges such as internationalization, cooperation, sales & operational planning, ramp-up, delivery reliability and digitization. For support on these issues, companies can continue to rely on the SCE Initiative.

arvid

Arvid Holzwarth

Manager Consulting Aerospace

As Manager Consulting, I am committed to provide the very best service possible to our existing aerospace customer base. Our customers should not just get good support with their existing projects. Our goal is to also support them with excellent assistance for the new challenges which they face, in order to get the problems resolved. In addition to using social media with state-of-the-art communications technology, I put emphasis on maintaining personal relationships with my business partners – during trade fairs, meetings with customers and visits to their company locations. In my blog, I focus primarily on aerospace trade fairs and meetings with customers.

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