Even as the aerospace industry in Mexico and other Latin American countries struggles with the lack of enough qualified suppliers, a Peruvian company is involved in improving the performance of companies to make them a part of the supply chain for OEMs and Tier 1 companies.
Monterrey Aerocluster and the representatives of Durango aerospace were among those who expressed an interest in Pipoli & Associados at the recently concluded Famex 2019, Antonio Pipoli de Vivero, director of the company, told GBP Aerospace & Defence. The 15-year old company has worked produced tangible results for more than 50 companies in fields as varied as aerospace, mining and agro-industry, he added.
“We have programs that help companies make improvement to their processes, thus making them better equipped to join the aerospace industry supply chain,” said de Vivero. “We also help suppliers get in touch with big companies; we act as a bridge between them and help in strengthening the supply chain.
Among the firms that the company has worked with in the aerospace sector is Aernnova, a leading aerostructures company from Spain. “We first assess the situation within the company we are working with; that takes about four months,” said de Vivero. “We then present alternatives and prioritize activities in the short-term. We also facilitate meetings between the supplier and the main company before coming up with an implementation plan. The whole process takes only about eight months. There is a visible improvement in the performance of companies; often as much as 30 percent.”
“There is a big demand for qualified suppliers in aerospace,” said de Vivero. “For major companies; it does not matter where the supplier is based; the company could be based in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru or anywhere. What we try to do is convince companies that there are international opportunities for them, if they meet the required standards. We help them get to that level.”
“The vision of the company owner and communication are very important,” said de Vivero. “I would say effective communication and having an open mind to rectify problems result in 70 percent of the issues being solved. I believe our programs will work outside Latin America as well; the process is the same, whether the company is based in Mexico, Peru, India, Italy or anywhere else.”