Commercial airplane production has increased dramatically since 2011, creating a seven-year backlog for new Boeing commercial planes. This has prompted the company to regularly source new, innovative solutions for component sourcing and production methods. PMBC continually works with Boeing on these opportunities as they arise.
Seattle Supplier Summit
The MEDC traveled to the Seattle Supplier Summit accompanied by 11 qualified Michigan companies, each of which had the opportunity to present in front of 20 Boeing engineers and buyers in an attempt to win their business. Michigan has a lot of unique and innovative advanced engineering and manufacturing companies, and the MEDC utilizes its partner networks throughout the entire state to provide lists directly to Boeing that are directly qualified for the opportunity.
Given this surge in commercial airplane production, machine shops in Boeing’s home supply base of Puget Sound, Washington, were nearing capacity. Additional regional supply bases were required to sustain production timelines. Recognizing the opportunity for Michigan’s automotive, defense and aerospace machine shops to provide quick, cost-effective, quality products, PMBC and Boeing worked together to identify buyer needs and match them to Michigan suppliers.
Since 2012, PMBC has collaborated with Boeing’s Research and Technology Commercial, Defense and Shared Services divisions on automation, machining and technology matchmaking initiatives. Boeing has visited Michigan to meet with Michigan companies over 15 times, and PMBC has taken Michigan companies to Seattle each of the last 5 years.
Over 400 contracts have been awarded by Boeing to suppliers through PMBC, totaling millions of dollars. This contract amount is growing monthly at an increasing rate. Additionally, some of the Michigan suppliers introduced by PMBC have won Boeing awards for support on critical projects.