As the aerospace and defence (A&D) industry recovers, companies are expected to focus on innovation to develop new technologies and solutions, create new markets and expand growth opportunities. Our 2022 industry outlook explores key trends and opportunities for A&D companies in the coming year.
Innovation to drive new opportunities
As the world heads into 2022, trends in commercial air travel and customer order activity are in much better shape than earlier post-COVID expectations, which is a positive sign for the industry. Global distribution of COVID vaccines is helping to clear a path toward normalisation of air travel, though the current surge in Delta-variant infections in certain regions will likely keep demand for travel subdued into early 2022.
But current macroeconomic trends suggest that demand for small- and medium-sized aircraft will continue to recover to reach pre-COVID levels in 2022, with aircraft manufacturers focused on narrow-body aircraft being well positioned to benefit from this buoyant demand. Furthermore, with air travel volumes now well off the lows seen in 2020, aftermarket revenues could recover strongly in 2022 as air traffic rebounds.
New technologies, evolving business models, and increasing M&A activity will likely further accelerate the shift toward digital and operational efficiencies. In particular, digital thread and smart factory present a host of efficiency- and productivity-enhancing technologies that can accelerate time to market and reduce cycle times. A&D firms that focus on innovation will likely be better prepared for 2022.
Seven aerospace and defence industry trends to watch
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