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

Competing in an era of Consolidation

In partnership with: 

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 11 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:

  • How competing in an era of Consolidation impacts supply chains
  • The continuing transformation in production
  • New supply Chain Requirements
  • Workforce development challenges
  • Impacts on commercial, Defence, Space and Corporate Aircraft 

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


About the conference

Consolidation of the aerospace industry sped up in 2018. 

  • Airbus acquired majority interest in the Bombardier CSeries program.
  • Boeing and Embraer Commercial are creating a new company.
  • Boeing has acquired or partnered with companies in the supply chain, increasing vertical integration.
  • UTC acquired Rockwell Collins, which acquired B/E Aerospace.
  • There are international implications, especially with Boeing-Embraer.

How do suppliers compete, supply and defend against consolidate and even becoming targets of consolidation? Should they defend against consolidation, or seek it out? Do they have a choice?

Giving Back
The conference is supported by the Charleston Regional Development Alliance South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, which are active in promoting STEM education and workforce development. We believe in “giving back” to the community. Working through the CRDA and SCCC, we will invite high school students to attend the conference to hear about the aerospace industry, interact with attendees and have opportunities to ask questions of speakers and delegates about preparing to work in aerospace. We invited representatives who will attend the conference to volunteer to meet with students for short, 10 minute meetings to give back to the community and nurture aerospace students.

Supported by:


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

  • Johnny Stephenson, Director of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications, NASA
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 Competing in an era of consolidation

Airbus acquired a majority stake in the Bombardier CSeries. Boeing and Embraer Commercial await approval of a joint venture. Boeing has acquired companies in the supply chain and is vertically integrating components and systems previously awarded to suppliers. United Technologies acquired Rockwell Collins, which acquired B/E Aerospace. Consolidation continues. How do Tier 1-4 companies compete in an era of consolidation—or should they become part of it?

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?
  • George Bullen, Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman
  • Janet Duffy, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Lockheed Martin
15 00 PM Afternoon networking break & refreshments
15 30 PM Developing new technology and cost control

Composites, aluminum lithium and standard aluminum are choices for future airplane programs, but there are trades and challenges. Costs are different, high-rate production is a requirement and cost controls for current programs are critical. This presentation discusses these issues.


Johnny Stephenson

Director of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications


Bill Williams

Vice President, Supply Chain


George Bullen

Technical Fellow

Northrop Grumman

Janet Duffy

Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Lockheed Martin


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,

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