New magazine gives loft to region's aerospace manufacturers – The Daily Herald

By Becky Kramer / The Spokesman-Review

For every Boeing or Airbus, there are thousands of small manufacturers making parts for commercial airplanes.

They build seats and tray tables, floor panels, ductwork and other components.

The Northwest is home to more than 2,000 such manufacturers, which make up a critical but behind-the-scenes part of the region’s economy. A new trade magazine, launched from Spokane Valley, will help promote their work to a national audience.

Northwest Aerospace News Magazine is the brainchild of Dean Cameron, who spent 27 years as a sales manager for a local aerospace manufacturer.

“We’re getting the word out about these key suppliers, who have been seasoned by having Boeing in their backyard,” said Cameron, the magazine’s publisher.

The first edition of the free magazine will be out in February, just in time for a big aerospace trade show in Lynnwood, Washington.

Over the next 20 years, about 40,000 new airplanes will be needed to keep pace with global demand for air travel. The value of those orders is projected at $5.9 trillion, according to industry estimates.

Aerospace suppliers are at the forefront of getting those planes built, Cameron said.

Each Boeing 737 has roughly 600,000 parts, and each Boeing 777 has about 3 million parts. Many of the parts of airplanes are made elsewhere and shipped to factories for the assembly.

Aerospace parts supply, however, is a challenging industry, Cameron said. Margins are thin, schedules are tight and penalties are stiff for late deliveries.

For Tier 1 suppliers, which sell directly to companies such as Boeing or Airbus, “penalties can be upwards of $1 million per day” for missing deadlines for deliveries, Cameron said. So, there’s a lot of pressure on the supply chain.

When Cameron worked in sales for Multifab Inc., a local aerospace manufacturer,

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