Boeing closes the door on Embraer, opens one open for Mitsubishi, still a Buyer of the Bombardier CRJ?
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May 6, 2020 - by Jon Ostrower for www.theaircurrent.com
It is difficult to overstate the influence Japanese Industry has had on how Boeing runs its business. It's one of the reasons Caroline Kennedy, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, holds a seat on the Boeing Board of Directors. The Toyota Production System, the foundation of lean automotive manufacturing, morphed into the Boeing Production System that made the 737 the existential cash cow that Boeing needs it to be today.
As Boeing plotted its own future partnerships, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) was cognizant of how the U.S. plane maker's plan to absorb Embraer and its dominant regional aircraft put it on an inevitable collision course with its own Spacejet M90 and nascent M100 programs.
A consolidating industry, at plane maker and supplier levels, couldn't help but redraw the competitive battle lines. MHI Chairman Shunichi Miyanaga in an interview last year with The Air Current described the relationship between the Japanese and American industrial ecosystems as "a very fragile one" but acknowledged that the relationship could "overcome… some conflicts or very healthy competition" and still collaborate on other projects.
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