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May 8-9, 2012
The Renaissance Charlotte Suites
Charlotte, NC


Last updated: May 10, 2012

May 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • Ed Hazelwood, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week Conferences
8:35 a.m. Civil Aviation Industry Update: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Moderator: Tony Velocci, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Marshall Larsen, Chairman, President and CEO, Goodrich Corp.
9:00 a.m. Setting the Stage - Issues and Opportunities
While meeting a record-breaking challenge in production is front of mind for the civil aviation manufacturing community, so too are changes in how we are doing business. Our opening session will look at globalization, consolidation and the forecast for everything from landing gear to raw materials.
  • Moderator: Michael Mecham, Sr. Editor, Aviation Week
  • Kevin Michaels, VP, ICF International
9:45 a.m. Green Field Sites Create New Opportunity
It’s been more than a decade since the civil aviation sector has seen as much square footage growth as it is currently undergoing. The plans for these facilities extend beyond the current record production demand. The industry is laying the foundation for weathering this upturn, as well as the next.
  • Moderator: Keith Crisco, Secretary of Commerce, State of North Carolina
9:45 a.m. Embraer Settles Into Florida
  • Phil Krull, Managing Director, Embraer Executive Aircraft LLC
10:30 a.m. Rolls-Royce Rolls into Virginia
  • Tom Loehr, EVP Crosspointe, Rolls-Royce N.A.
11:15 a.m. BREAK
11:30 a.m. Spirit Aerosystems Calls on Kinston
  • Dan Wheeler, VP/GM, Spirit AeroSystems NC Business Unit
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Welcome from the State of North Carolina
  • Governor Bev Purdue, State of North Carolina
1:45 p.m. Manufacturing the Future
Getting through the current delivery schedule is a major focus for every participant in the civil aviation manufacturing value chain. However, just as important is keeping a finger on the pulse of the future and where the efficiencies and innovation breakthroughs derive for the future. Moderator: Jace Dees, VP NOVO, Flextronics
  • Robert Ivester, Acting Dep Prog Mgr, DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office
  • Jack McDougle, SVP, Council on Competitiveness
  • Mike Vander Wel, Enterprise Technology Strategy/Manufacturing Domain Leader, The Boeing Co.
2:45 p.m. Modeling and Simulation in the Next Generation Manufacturing Cycle
Among the innovations critical to the future of the industry is the ability to define, refine and fully test complex systems … and then transitioning this capability to manufacturing. This session will look at architecting this capability across the value chain to assure day one quality, capability and capacity.
  • Moderator: Tom Kilkenny GM Global A&D Industry, IBM
  • Lorne Jones, North American Optimization Software Leader, IBM
  • Mike Kauffman, Sr. Executive, Center of Excellence Operations, GE Aviation
  • Brian Parlato, VP, S.S. White Technologies
3:45 p.m. New Paradigms in Organizing Manufacturing for the Future
Creating new, different types of organizations – on the manufacturing floor, with the transition from engineering to manufacturing, and across a global value/supply chain – is of critical importance if the industry is to gain full benefit of new tools, automation, materials, and process involved in the manufacture and fabrication of the components that come together as an aircraft. In this session, we’ll hear how leaders are sewing together this array of threads in ways different and new than even five years ago.
  • Moderator: Michael Mecham, Sr. Editor, Aviation Week
  • Mike Kauffman, Sr. Executive, Center of Excellence Operations, GE Aviation
  • Rolf Linden, VP Technology, Stellar Microelectronics, A Flextronics Company
  • Tim Martin, VP Supply Chain and Strategic Initiatives, Goodrich Aerostructures
4:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
sponsored by North Carolina Department of Commerce
5:30 p.m. Adjourn Day One
May 9
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Exec Roundtable Deliberations
  • Carole Rickard Hedden, Aviation Week Special Projects Editor
  • Tony Velocci, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week & Space Technology
8:45 a.m. Supply Chain CEO Update: Balancing Diversified Customers with Civil Aviation Demand
Among the supply chain’s strongest players is a company known for invention and solid performance, the Lord Corp. In this keynote address, the company’s CEO will take a look at the inventions related to the civil aviation market, diversification of markets as a strategy, and continuous improvement to move invention into production and delivery
  • Moderator: Ed Hazelwood, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week Conferences
  • Richard McNeel, Chairman, President and CEO, LORD Corp.
9:15 a.m. The Demand Signal: Airbus Manufacturing Sets Pace for Major Deliveries
Most often we hear about the sale of aircraft and the demand created. In this session, we will hear from Airbus how it is handling its own manufacturing strategy – what it plans in terms of improvement, addressing critical challenges, and working with the extended value chain.
  • Moderator: Ed Hazelwood, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week Conferences
  • Guenter Butschek, Executive VP Operations, Airbus
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Mastering Light Weight Materials
Across the industry, manufacturing engineers and operations personnel are adapting to new, lighter weight materials. This session will focus on the impact to manufacturing and driving improvement in these new areas.
  • Moderator: Michael Mecham. Sr. Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology
  • Bill Condas, VP Operations, ATK Aerospace Structures Division
  • Simon Laddychuk, VP Manufacturing/Director Technology for Global Aerospace, Transportation and Industry Division, Constellium
  • Lane Miller, VP Global Technology, LORD Corp.
  • Eric Roegner, President, ALCOA Forgings and Extrusions
11:15 a.m. Lessons Learned in Civil Aviation Manufacturing
A team of civil aviation leaders discusses the lessons learned during the last cycle of record demand – what they learned and how they’re using this to create opportunity on aircraft large and small.
  • Moderator: Ralph Carpenter, A&D Industry Lead, Oracle
  • Speakers:
  • Mark Correll, VP Commercial Operations, Rockwell Collins
  • Steve Pryor, Dir Engineering/Propulsion Structures & Systems Business Unit, Spirit AeroSystems Inc
12:30 p.m. Conference Ends