Steve George

Chair - ASD REACH Working Group

AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe

Personal Biography

Steve George has worked in the Aerospace industry for 30 years in a range of product development and management roles, in recent years specialising in functional management of issues relating to supply chain management and engineering work undertaken by suppliers. Steve is currently chair of the Aerospace and Defence Industries of Europe (ASD) REACH working group, and a Director of the International Aerospace Environment Group.

Presentation Abstract

Innovation, Obsolescence and Customers – an Aerospace and Defence perspective

Chemical legislation provides a commercial and legislative driver to review material and chemical  portfolios, causing a need to substitute with very little notice. Many customers’ products have lifecycles measured in decades rather than years. Substitution can only take place in many cases if replacement materials exceed the capability of existing ones, irrespective of specification requirements. Development of innovative alternatives therefore takes significant time and customer engagement to enable substitution in existing as well as new products. Without customer engagement, withdrawal of existing materials and chemicals can have a substantially disruptive downstream impact. Engagement of the ultimate customer and their product needs is therefore key to successful innovation.

Presentation Time

Business Forum

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 11:30 - 12:00

FEICA Conference