We at Supply Chain Matters have been somewhat remiss in continuing to feature more commentary relative to positive news coming out of supply chain networks.

In that light, its was great to read a recent Wall Street Journal article (paid subscription may be required) noting that after previously cutting its workforce by 8 percent, aerospace technology provider Rockwell Collins plans to expand by 4 percent this year.  In the article, the Chairmen and CEO of Rockwell noted that his company plans to hire 800 staff this year because many of its aerospace customers including Airbus, Boeing and Bombardier are preparing to ramp-up production of existing aircraft orders.

What is also rather interesting is the characterization of current discussions with supporting the chronically late Boeing 787 Dreamliner build program, which is described as “rate-readiness”, meaning can the supplier support an accelerated build program.

Rockwell Collins is also a supplier to China’s Commercial Aircraft Corporation which is building the future C919 passenger aircraft, a potential competitor to the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.

It seems to us that Rockwell Collins has placed itself in the catbird seat of aerospace suppliers.

Bob Ferrari