|SIC Codes:||3721 3724 3728 3761 3764 3769|
|NAICS Codes:||336411 336412 336413 336414 336415 336419|
Companies in this industry manufacture aircraft, aircraft components, and missiles and space vehicles. Major companies include US-based Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon, as well as the Netherlands-based EADS (and its French subsidiary Airbus), BAE Systems (UK), Finmeccanica (Italy), and Bombardier (Canada). Many companies work primarily as subcontractors to the largest manufacturers.
Demand is driven by military budgets and the overall economic climate, which affects airline traffic and demand for new commercial aircraft. The profitability of individual companies depends on technical expertise and the ability to accurately price long-term contracts. Large companies enjoy economies of scale in design, manufacturing, and purchasing. Small companies can compete effectively by concentrating on selected components and parts manufacturing for particular prime contractors. Increasingly, small companies are developing system integration capabilities as large firms outsource more aspects of contracts. The US industry is highly concentrated: the 20 largest companies account for about 90 percent of industry revenue.
Aircraft manufacturing accounts for about half of industry revenue; aircraft engines and other parts for about 40 percent; and missiles and space vehicles for about 10 percent.Buy Now