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The four selected markets cover circa 15% of the total ASD global and are represented by 66 industry-specific clusters


Revenues for the ASD key markets [€bn, 2017]

ASD players are redefining their strategies to address national and global pressures which are shaping the ASD industry dynamics



  • Highly mature industry with multiple Tier 1 companies operating in the supply chain (highly competitive market)
  • Airbus diversifying customer base with the qualification of both European and non-European suppliers (e.g. <10 from Portugal)
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  • Tier 1 expected to be fully responsible for complete modules instead of OEMs, due to strong collaboration trend (e.g., risk-sharing partnership)
  • Strong collaborative environment between industry and R&D institutions, resulting from 30 AED clusters operating together
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  • Government increasing funding in the Aeronautics and Space sectors making use of the Defense budget
  • Lower than average revenue per employee due to high level of local sourcing along the supply chain (including raw materials and MRO)
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  • Easy access to European OEMs’ deals due to a free trade agreement that cuts 98% of the Canada’s current tariffs
  • Government focuses in new aircraft pilot training due to aircraft demand growth and expected national shortage of aircrafts
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