Why AS9100 is important
By implementing these principles, your business is set up to create value for your customers consistently. This, in turn, brings many business benefits.
Like most industries, the aerospace sector has been through some turmoil, and the impact of Covid-19 has been severe. Aircraft worldwide were grounded, which has had a lasting knock-on effect throughout the supply chain.
Surprisingly, the supply chain is proving to be very resilient. Although many people lost their jobs, the businesses stayed afloat and survived to come out the other end. Many companies downsized, closed facilities and merged sites and sold off portions of their companies that were not core and focused on different markets.
Many aerospace suppliers are still around and starting to grow again. The commercial sector was more impacted than the military sector, but organisations switched to medical due to the synergies between the two industries. Although aircraft are very different to medical devices, the strict controls and precision needed for each component are very similar; therefore, it was relatively easy to switch focus.
These changes show the importance of having a robust management system, which helps to focus the mind, identify potential risks, and reduce the impact on the business. Without systems in place, the sector may look very different right now.