Use of 3-D printing in the aviation industry will most likely be limited
in the near-term to replacement parts, rather than proprietary spares,
according to an annual survey by Oliver Wyman.
In the 2014 MRO Survey, 60 percent of respondents say the biggest
benefit to the industry of the budding adaptive manufacturing technology
will be a lower cost of replacement parts, and 54 percent say the
technology could cut investment in inventory. Only 40 percent of
respondents expect the technology will create another option for
higher-value spare parts.
"While 3-D printing in any industry has the potential to erode existing
protections of proprietary technology, the survey results suggest
industry participants expect original equipment manufacturers to find
ways to protect their technology from adaptive manufacturing by others,"
said Oliver Wyman Partner Chris Spafford, who led the survey on aviation
maintenance, repair, and overhaul.
This year's survey also shows M&A is heating up for independent
maintenance companies. Most of the deal activity is from larger MROs and
private equity investors.
The survey further confirms that US airlines are repatriating arframe
maintenance, moving work back to North America from overseas. In this
year's survey, 60 percent of airline respondents say they are willing to
pay up to a 5 percent more for a domestic provider, and 20 percent
indicate a willingness to accept up to 15 percent higher costs.
That's good news for aviation mechanics: 32 percent of the North
American MROs surveyed say they are hiring to expand operations, and 48
percent are hiring to sustain headcount.
To view the entire report, go to MRO
Survey 2014 Findings.
About the MRO Survey
Going on its second decade, the annual MRO survey produced by Oliver
Wyman is an industry standard for information about changing trends in
the MRO sector. The survey queries leaders across the MRO industry,
including top executives from airline operations, procurement and
engineering departments, captive and independent maintenance providers,
OEM aftermarket divisions, and financing and leasing professionals. Our
respondents are overwhelmingly in senior executive and C-suite positions
and represent a global cross section of the industry.
About Oliver Wyman
Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices
in 50+ cities across 25 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry
knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk
management, and organization transformation. The firm's 3,000
professionals help clients improve their operations and risk profiles,
and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most
attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. For more information, visit www.oliverwyman.com.
Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.
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