Boeing’s 737 Max crisis may cost it the upper hand with its suppliers
The grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX may "turn out to be a defining moment for Boeing's suppliers," writes Brooke Sutherland for Bloomberg.
The Intelligent Aerospace take:
May 31, 2019-Sutherland notes that because large commercial passenger jet customers aren't exactly flush with choice - it's Boeing or Airbus - Boeing hasn't taken a giant dip in the stock market. However, she writes in her opinion piece that larger suppliers like United Technologies may feel now is the time to push back against Boeing's cost-savings initiatives (i.e. paying less money to its partners and chewing into their bottom lines) and fight for higher prices on the components it supplies.
Sutherland notes that Boeing may instead just double down on putting the squeeze to companies like UT in an effort to offset costs with having the Max grounded for months.
"We may not know for years which way the pendulum swung, but the continuation of Boeing’s grip over the aerospace industry shouldn’t be seen as a foregone conclusion," Sutherland says.
Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor