Forecast Roundtable – The Global Defense Spending Environment: A Look Back, a Look Forward, Part 4

By Matthew Beres and Dan Darling, Forecast International.

Welcome to the Forecast Roundtable Podcast. Forecast Roundtable brings together expert analysts, industry professionals, and government officials to discuss the latest issues in the aerospace and defense markets. Produced at the Forecast International headquarters, Forecast Roundtable offers unique and in depth insight and discussion on any range of topics from geopolitics to aerospace and defense markets.

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KHI Expands Operations to Tap Into Backlog at Boeing and Airbus, Opens Line in U.S.

by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International.

Boeing 777X. Source - Boeing

Boeing 777X. Source – Boeing

With demand for commercial aerospace components booming, Kawasaki Heavy Industries is adding another two factory lines to its operations.  These lines will focus on component production for Boeing’s 777X. Interestingly, one of these assembly lines will be located in the United States at a Kawasaki facility in Nebraska, marking the company’s first aerospace operation in the states. Continue reading

Alliances Gradually Appearing in Low-Fare Carrier Sector

by Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International.

LAX International Line-up. Photo: Alan Wilson, wikipedia

LAX International Line-up.  Photo: Alan Wilson, Wikipedia

Marketing alliances based on extensive code-share agreements among member carriers have been a pervasive presence within the airline industry for many years.  Participation in an alliance enables an airline to realize the operating efficiency and cost-reduction benefits of working in concert with other airlines to increase profitability and market share. Continue reading

With Security Bills Passed, Abe Government Faces Backlash

by Dan Darling, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

Japan FlagFollowing final approval on September 19 of landscape-altering security legislation by the upper house of Japan’s parliament, the National Diet, the conservative government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing a sharp backlash, both at home and abroad. Considering the magnitude of the legislation as it relates to both Japan and its neighbors – many of which retain memories of attack and invasion by Imperial Japan in the first half of the 20th century – the reaction had long been expected. Continue reading