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Eads Airbus To Cut Supplier Base By 80%

Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:49 am

Brief fair use excerpt from The Wall Street Journal:

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Airbus To Cut Number Of Suppliers To 500 From 3,000



PARIS (AP)--Airbus plans to cut the number of its suppliers by more than 80% as part of its restructuring program, a spokeswoman confirmed Monday, but the European aircraft maker gave no further details of the planned cuts.

The number of suppliers will be reduced "from 3,000 to 500," Airbus spokeswoman Marcella Muratore said.

No further information was available on which suppliers would be dropped or the timetable for the cuts, she said.

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RE: Eads Airbus To Cut Supplier Base By 80%

Tue Nov 07, 2006 4:57 am

Ouch!

One would have thought that they would have secured their XWB launch aid (in some form) before dropping this little bomb.
 
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RE: Eads Airbus To Cut Supplier Base By 80%

Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:00 am

Atleast they are on the right track to become a more leaner company !
 
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RE: Eads Airbus To Cut Supplier Base By 80%

Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:01 am

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 1):
One would have thought that they would have secured their XWB launch aid (in some form) before dropping this little bomb.

Significant portions of Airbus aircraft come from countries outside the EU, so its not just going to be us thats hit  Sad
 
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RE: Eads Airbus To Cut Supplier Base By 80%

Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:15 am

I don't know that it's quite as drastic as it seems. Look at what Boeing did. They simply simply selected a few primes and let them deal with the shunted smaller suppliers. Perhaps that is what Airbus has in mind.
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RE: Eads Airbus To Cut Supplier Base By 80%

Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:17 am

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 3):
Significant portions of Airbus aircraft come from countries outside the EU, so its not just going to be us thats hit

As usual, you are spot on, my friend. An Engine Alliance equipped A380 is approximately 40% "Made in the USA", according to FedEx's website.
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