BY SUE ROBERTS
Editor’s Note: Don Boitson, vice president North
American operations for Magellan Aerospace,
shared his view of the globalization; human and
technology development; agility; and changing
landscape of the aerospace industry during
his keynote address, “An Integrated Vision
of Aerospace,” at the MM&P (Metalworking
Manufacturing & Production) Expo in Winnipeg,
Man., in April. Canadian Metalworking and
Canadian Fabricating & Welding are co-hosts of
the annual MM&P Expo series.
Magellan Aerospace has broken the $1 billion
barrier, now ranking approximately third in
revenue for aerospace companies in Canada, the
U.S., and Europe. It has committed a portion of its
manufacturing to facilities recently established in
Poland and India.
Here is what Boitson had to say about industry
growth and industrialization.
The global aerospace market will continue its growth. The global forecast puts this
growth between 2 and 4 per cent annually.
“In the aerospace sector alone, a single point
of GDP growth, on average, translates into a
2 percentage point increase in passenger air
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
travel. That means 2 per cent more traffic—
more people, more airplanes. Everyone in the
supply chain grows. As more people are flying,
the local economy continues to grow in all
Boitson said that China is going to have the
No. 1 global economy by 2050. India will be in
the No. 2 position. “We are moving from a U.S.-
based and European-based economy. In 2050
Europe is only going to be 10 per cent of the
global economy. So there are changing trends to
meet the needs of those marketplaces and the
products and services to go with them.”
The global economy will double by that time,
outstripping population growth, Boitson
continued. Passenger and air freight volumes
will continue their consistent upward trend.
Technology improvements will continue,
speeding overall production processes while
making them more efficient. This technologically induced speed will be necessary to
secure a portion of that growth.
The emerging markets probably will grow
twice as fast as the so-called advanced economies, but they have work to do to enhance their
institutions and infrastructure. That’s where
the leading economies like North America have
an advantage. They are aware of the importance
of collaboration among manufacturers, educational institutions, and suppliers, and they work
to establish cooperative programs that enhance
technological development and educate the next
It will be necessary to maintain low labour
costs to compete with and supply to the emerging markets.
PRODUCTION IN MANITOBA
“Look to the machine tool industry and what
we have done in the aerospace industry. In
the 30 years I have been at Magellan, what
we did on the shop floor then and what we
Magellan Vice President Don Boitson looks ahead during MM&P
Winnipeg Keynote Address
Don Boitson shared his vision of the contributions of
the aerospace industry to the global economy during
his keynote address at the MM&P Expo in Winnipeg.
T O4 PER CENT GROWTH
PREDICTED FOR AEROSPACE INDUSTRY