Can you introduce your organisation and give an insight into its capabilities and competencies?
Sonaca Group is a significant player in the aerospace, commercial aviation, and defence sectors. We have a relatively large footprint on three major continents, especially Europe, and the North and South Americas. This extensive presence enables us to conduct a vast portfolio of activities to enhance our business.
Amongst our competencies, the most notable is our engineering section. It enables us to develop both metallic and composite technologies to provide high-quality, efficient, and reliable integrated structures. Around 50 percent of our activity is ‘Design and Build,’ where we develop and manufacture an assembly of aircraft movables and their mechanisms. We are amongst the very few players with the ability to supply detailed work packages for many of the biggest OEMs in the world.
We are striving to expand our service portfolio while continuously investigating and investing in R&D to cater to the next generation of aviation technologies.
What are some of the prevailing challenges in the aerospace manufacturing industry?
Pandemic or not, aerospace manufacturers face several challenges on a daily basis. But the biggest challenges that affect continuity and efficiency are weak supply chains, talent gaps, and technology.
As globalisation continues, the ability of the supply chain to ramp up quickly and meet all customer demands is getting hampered. The shortage of raw materials, high prices, and labour inflation, combined with the bureaucracy and compliance issues between overseas and trading partners, are forcing manufacturers to invest most of their time and resources in bridging their supply chain.
There is also a shift in perception concerning the manufacturing industry due to the lack of adequate training programs and management initiatives. The youth have shifted their mind. Our industry is not necessarily the most attractive in the current paradigm. With the existing workers reaching retirement age, the risk of a skills shortage is a genuine threat to productivity and efficiency.
The world is taking a conscious step towards sustainability, and we are also catering to that. Augmenting the sustainability initiatives, the governments are also encouraging and facilitating these changes through regulations, but the challenge is when they expect manufacturers to accelerate the plan toward zero emissions.