The global military & aerospace manufacturing market manufactures complete military aircraft, missiles and/or space vehicles, commercial aircrafts or systems and business jets.

The aerospace market is encountering growing demand due to increased air travel, massive backlogs, demand for replacement aircrafts, a gradually resurging business jet segment and a newer entrant to the commercial space – unmanned aircraft systems “Drones”.  With this positive growth, the aerospace manufacturers have to keep up with these new trends so they can deliver high-quality products that will meet customer demands while also meeting new regulations and standards.

Key Trends to Watch:

  • Technological Advancement
  • Need for Fuel Efficiency
  • Shifts in Supply/Demand

The military/defense market is also predicted to increase due a variety of reasons.  In the US, there is expected to be an increase in the US defense budget and a greater focus on strengthening the military. In the Middle East, Eastern Europe, North Korea, and the East and South China Seas, there are escalating global tensions which have led to increasing international demand for defense and military products. This, in turn, has resulted in an increased defense spending globally in next generation military equipment.

 With this optimistic positive growth, military manufacturers understand that this is a time for fundamental transformation for this market.

Key Trends to Watch:

  • Defense Budget Uncertainty
  • New Business Models and Markets
  • Demand for Innovative Products/New Technologies

The Military/Aerospace manufacturers have many complexities to ensure their production runs smoothly. They are under enormous pressure to reduce risks, while optimizing for quality, costs, and compliance.

Key Areas of Concentration:

  • Regulations and Standards
  • Quality Management
  • Compliance

These markets have some of the toughest compliance regulations in the world. If aerospace and military products don’t perform as expected, people’s lives can be at risk. Manufacturers have to count on their suppliers to be on the same page and have a comprehensive understanding of all current rules and regulations.

WHMA’s Manufacturer Members understand the importance of supplying high-quality products such as aerospace grade cables and wires for the military/aerospace market. Another area that is of significant importance is that the cable harnesses have fulfilled the industry standards for performance, quality, safety, etc.

The Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association Manufacturer Members are recognized in the Cable and Wire Harness Industry through their understanding and practice of the “IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard” – the worldwide benchmark for quality workmanship. By choosing one of WHMA’s Manufacturer Members, you will have the confidence in knowing that they recognize wire harnesses are vital for keeping aircrafts in the air.  It is crucial to follow standards and protocols to design and assemble your harness to meet the exact specifications of the market.

Benefits to the Military/Aerospace Market:

  • Quality Assurance
  • Compliance to ISO and Regulatory Requirements
  • Standards & Processes
  • Dependability
  • More…