“The Business Value of Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning”

“The Business Value of Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning”sales_operations_planning

Orange County Chapter meeting on June 2
(live webstream available)

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, June 2, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Shelby Miller, Supply Chain Practice Leader at TriVista, will discuss the positive impact improved Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) processes can have on a business, and how SIOP provides a competitive advantage. He’ll discuss the real business value of SIOP, common symptoms of a defective planning process, and critical success factors needed for SIOP to succeed.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 26) (attending via the web is free). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Trends in A&D MRO and Aftermarket”

“Trends in A&D MRO and Aftermarket”aerospace-after-market-size

Orange County Chapter meeting on May 5
(live webstream available)

The aftermarket industry is rapidly growing and shifting, like much of the Aerospace & Defense market.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, May 5, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Jeffrey Johnston, President & CEO of Desser Holdings, will discuss the latest update in this critical market. Join us in this exploration of the growing MRO service and aftermarket distribution industry from General Aviation through the large commercial transport.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until April 28) (attending via the web is free). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Industrial Gas Turbine Growth for A&D Companies”

“Industrial Gas Turbine Growth for A&D Companies”gas_turbine

Orange County Chapter meeting on April 7
(live webstream available)

What is the future of the global Energy market? With falling energy prices and a focus on clean combustion, industrial gas turbines have become an increasingly important part of power generation and have not experienced as steep as decline as the oil and gas equipment market. What role do traditional aerospace companies play in the market for industrial gas turbine equipment? How can your company address this adjacency?

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, April 7, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Keith Flitner from Parker Hannifin’s Global Energy team will describe how the A&D community can benefit as well as shape our world through the energy market space.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 31) (attending via the web is free). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter is sponsored by D.A. Davidson & Co., Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

“From Rivets to Resin – The Present and Future of Aircraft Structures”

“From Rivets to Resin – The Present and Future of Aircraft Structures”Composite airframe 1

Orange County Chapter meeting on February 4
(live webstream available)

The use of composites in aircraft structures has been one of the most pronounced developments in the aerospace industry in recent years, but the market for aluminum aircraft is still very strong. How long will it take to phase-out aluminum structured aircraft, if ever?

More importantly, how will this composite transition progress? We’ve seen new aircraft built with airframes that are primarily composite, while other new aircraft utilize composites in just certain components, such as the wings.

Please join us in Irvine on Thur, Feb 4, 7:30– 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Ben Hempstead, Mechanical Engineer Lead / Chief of Staff at Electroimpact, will discuss the market outlook for both riveted and composite airframes, as well as the challenges, advantages and opportunities associated with both. Additionally, Ben will discuss the types of automation systems that Electroimpact designs and builds, and how the Company was able to quickly adapt to the changing industry.

The meeting is free for members & $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until Jan 28) (attending via the web is free). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter was founded by Frontier Associates and D.A. Davidson & Co., and is sponsored by Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

“The Super Supply Chain is Coming”

“The Super Supply Chain is Coming” Aerospace-Supply-Chain-2

Orange County Chapter meeting on January 7
(live webstream available)

The most recent innovation of the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (“MAMA”) is the Aggregate Demand Model (ADM) for primes and top-tier systems integrators. By analyzing short and long range demand by material, process and/or service, the ADM ensures MAMA members are able to collaborate to create the most efficient supply chain, each link contributing the value-add of their unique core competence, thereby delivering unrivaled value and cost savings.

Please join us in Irvine on Thursday, January 7, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Gavin Brown, Executive Director of MAMA, will discuss what the ADM is, its benefits, and how to go about setting one up. He will also report on the implementation of this approach in the forming of a super supply chain by linking MOMA and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) to take out costs.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until December 31). You may also attend via the web for free. Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter was founded by Frontier Associates and D.A. Davidson & Co., and is sponsored by Burdge Logistics, Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

UK’s Harwell Space Cluster: Why you need to be there!

“UK’s Harwell Space Cluster: Why you need to be there!”HarwellCampusCurrent_large

Orange County Chapter meeting on December 3
(live webstream available)

Please join us in Irvine on Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Steve Ringler, Oxfordshire Space Cluster Development Manager, UK Science Technology and Facilities Council, will provide an overview of the UK Space Sector and describe how the Harwell Campus is a central piece. Come and learn about the recent growth of 55+ co-located organizations, market opportunities, and lessons learned in developing the Harwell Space Cluster.

Harwell Campus is home to around 200 science/research organizations and private companies, with thriving clusters already established in 5 Core Sectors, including Space and Satellite Applications.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a UK government body that carries out civil research in science and engineering, and funds UK research in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until November 26). You may also attend via the web for free. Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter was founded by Frontier Associates and D.A. Davidson & Co., and is sponsored by Burdge Logistics, Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

Tour of GE Aviation, Flight Test Operation

Tour of GE Aviation, Flight Test Operation, Victorville, CA

General Electric Boeing 747 testbed, photographed on June 11, 2015.

General Electric Boeing 747 testbed, photographed on June 11, 2015.

Orange County Chapter meeting on November 5

Please join us on Thursday, November 5, 2015, 9:00am – 11:00am PDT for a tour of GE Aviation’s flying test bed located in Victorville, California featuring a modified 747-400. The 747 flying test bed is used for testing next generation jet engines, including the LEAP engine. On the tour, visitors will spend approximately one hour touring the facility, including a chance to view the aircraft’s interior, cockpit, data system and instrumentation, engines and load bank area. Visitors will get an opportunity to see some of the modifications made to transform the 747 into an operational flying test bed.

This event is limited to 40 US citizens on first-come basis. A waitlist will be maintained.

The event is free for A&D Forum members (exclusive access until October 20) and $35 for non-members (who may register after October 20). Click here to register to attend the event.

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter was founded by Frontier Associates and D.A. Davidson & Co., and is sponsored by Burdge Logistics, Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Building Enterprise Value in Mid-Market Firms”

“Building Enterprise Value in Mid-Market Firms”Enterprise Value

Orange County Chapter meeting on October 1
(live webstream available)

In recent years, the aerospace markets for both commercial and military products have been rapidly changing and are becoming more and more competitive. In this hyper competitive environment, properly entering/exiting the market has become even more complex.

Please join us in Irvine on Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when David Schmidt, CEO of a middle-market A&D company, will outline a plan for building enterprise value and investment strategies for growing middle market companies. In the current atmosphere, Strategic Leaders, Mid-Market Competitors, and Private Equity Investors share similar challenges in building Enterprise Value. Limits on growth include access to capital, capacity constraints, staffing, retention of skills, and collective bargaining units. The key to successfully building enterprise value and managing growth is to construct and follow a well-defined Investment Thesis that outlines year-to-year goals & expectations. David Schmidt will share investment strategies and planning for Mid-Market Firms.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 24). You may also attend via the web for free. Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter was founded by Frontier Associates and D.A. Davidson & Co., and is sponsored by Burdge Logistics, Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

“An Update on the SoCal A&D Supply Chain”

“An Update on the SoCal A&D Supply Chain”AMP SoCal Geography

Orange County Chapter meeting on September 3
(live webstream available)

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative was established by the federal government to reinvent how economic development is done in manufacturing through strategic investments to strengthen the capacity of the industrial ecosystem. 86 organizations from industry, academia, government, and economic and workforce development partnered across the four counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, and Ventura to create a collaborative, the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) – one of only twelve federally-designated “Manufacturing Communities” – focused on aerospace and defense.

In addition to AMP SoCal approved projects receiving additional “points” for federal grants, the region has benefited from the focused collaboration of the many organizations addressing aerospace & defense.

Please join us in Irvine on Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Jim Watson, CEO of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC) and head of the AMP SoCal Supplier Networks Committee, will provide an update on the Southern California A&D Supply Chain including: a SWOT analysis, supplier gaps and initial results from supplier focus groups. The approach the committee will use to engage A&D suppliers will also be discussed.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until August 27). You may also attend via the web for free. Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter was founded by Frontier Associates and D.A. Davidson & Co., and is sponsored by Burdge Logistics, Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.

“Doing Business with Chinese Aerospace Companies”

“Doing Business with Chinese Aerospace Companies”3 d2ragon Chinese Aircraft III web21-33979

Orange County Chapter meeting on August 6
(live webstream available)

China is rapidly becoming the world’s largest economy, with well-defined goals of matching and besting the US in many areas, including aerospace. The larger aerospace companies clearly have strategies for participating in this growth.

As a member of the supply chain, should you also have a China strategy? If you don’t have one, are you in danger of being left behind in the near or mid-term future?

What are alternative strategies, and, once having developed one, how do you roll it out?

How does a US firm actually work with leading Chinese OEM’s like AVIC or COMAC? To get important market access, when does one need a JV? What are the challenges and pitfalls of an Chinese JV?

Please join us in Irvine on Thursday, August 6, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when subject matter expert Dr. Pui Ho, General Manager, Asia Pacific Aerospace Region, Parker Aerospace, addresses these topics and more.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 30). Click here to register to attend the meeting

Information about joining The A&D Forum is at http://aerospacedefenseforum.org.

The Orange County chapter was founded by Frontier Associates and D.A. Davidson & Co., and is sponsored by Burdge Logistics, Moss Adams, Hein & Associates, and UK Trade & Investment.