Southeast Aerospace & Defence 2019

14-16 April 2019

Francis Marion Hotel

Charleston, United States

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  • Bosch Rexroth Corporation
    Bronze Sponsors
  • Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
    Not For Profit Sponsors

Event Overview

The Southeast Aerospace & Defence Conference 2019

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Co-hosted with Leeham Company LLC, the Southeast Aerospace & Defence Conference 2019 will take place in Charleston, South Carolina over April 14th-16th 2019.

Bringing together suppliers from across the tiers, OEMs, consultants, financiers & local government representatives; the event will unpack the ways in which OEMs & suppliers are looking to the future and building strategies based upon the constantly changing landscape of defence & aerospace production in the Southeast.

Featuring 9 dedicated networking opportunities including a tour of the Charleston 787 FAL, the event emphasises open and informal discussion between presenter and participants, enhancing the understanding of what the future of aviation production will look like, with a focus on:

  • Boeing 787 Final Assembly Line
  • 50th Anniversary of man on the moon
  • Meeting the needs of a privatised space race
  • Supplying the executive jet sector
  • Becoming a Boeing supplier
  • Opportunities facing tier 1 suppliers in the Southeast
  • Workforce development in the Southeast

Participants will also receive a complimentary pass to the Inaugural Southeast Aerospace & Defence Networking Dinner.







For anymore information please contact Kate Skinner

T: +44 (0) 20 7779 8281



07 30 AM Morning refreshments & registration
08 30 AM Airfinance Journal opening remarks
08 35 AM Leeham Co. opening remarks
08 40 AM City of Charleston opening remarks
09 15 AM Boeing 787 Final Assembly Line tour
12 30 PM Networking lunch with keynote speaker
14 00 PM One small step: 50 years on

50th anniversary of man on the moon, today’s space program and onward to tomorrow

15 00 PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
15 30 PM Meeting the needs of a privatised space race

Space exploration, previously the sole business of the world’s most affluent governments has seen a wave of new, private entrants. This has resulted in a larger array of opportunities for suppliers in this space to utilise; in addition to the large public institutions who still dominate the sector. Hear what these companies need from suppliers and where your company fits in this space.

16 30 PM Supplying the executive jet sector
17 15 PM Networking drinks reception
18 15 PM Networking dinner
08 00 AM Registration & morning refreshments
09 00 AM Welcoming remarks
09 05 AM Becoming a Boeing supplier
  • The 787 supply chain has gone through well publicised stress recently as a result of engine delays, what can suppliers do to bolster efforts to get 787 production back on track?
  • What impact does Boeing's decision to pursue vertical integration in their supply chain have on existing and prospective suppliers?
  • What are the most important needs of Boeing needs to fill?
09 45 AM Opportunities facing tier 1 suppliers in the Southeast
10 45 AM Workforce development in the Southeast

All regions and states offer incentives to attract aerospace companies. The key issue facing the companies in the coming years is a surge in workforce retirements of engineers and touch labour. The aerospace companies increasingly are turning to off-shore solutions.

11 15 AM Morning networking break & refreshments
11 45 AM TBD
12 30 PM Networking lunch & keynote speaker
14 00 PM The future of military aviation production
  • According to PWC, currently, the aerospace & defence sector is spending less on R&D than other critical industries, resulting in a “potential technology defecit”, what can defence suppliers do to buck that trend?
  • Have large defence suppliers & manufacturers been too risk averse in their product development expenditure?
  • What role can potential partnerships between defence suppliers & OEMs play in the development of this sector?


Attracting thousands of participants annually from airlines, leasing companies, financial institutions, investment houses and government bodies, our events provide you with an unparalleled platform from which to promote your organisation’s brand, products and services.

Find out more about our sponsorship opportunities

Bronze Sponsors

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Bosch Rexroth Corporation

Not For Profit Sponsors

Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.

Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.


Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street,

User-added imageSet in the heart of Charleston across from Marion Square, this historic hotel features a full-service spa and an on-site restaurant serving classic Southern cuisine. The French Quarter is 0.6 miles away.

The College of Charleston, the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Charleston Museum are all within 0.8 miles from the Francis Marion Hotel. This hotel also borders the King Street shopping district.

The Historic District is a great choice for travellers interested in architecture, walking and restaurants.