Aerospace conference to focus on manufacturers and suppliers

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance annual event is next week in Lynnwood.

LYNNWOOD — The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, which promotes the region’s aerospace industry, will hold its annual conference at the Lynnwood Convention Center next Tuesday through Thursday.

This year’s conference focuses on helping manufacturers and suppliers boost productivity while strengthening the bottom line, said Brian Canfield, the alliance’s CEO and executive director.

“PNAA’s conference brings an unparalleled lineup of speakers — over 40 from around the globe — on topics that matter most to the Northwest aerospace industry,” Canfield said.

“It provides incredible networking opportunities with supply chain decision-makers from around the world, and this year we are featuring, for the first time, our New and Expanding Technologies (NExT) panel discussions,” he said.

Speakers and analysts from Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, the Teal Group and others will be featured at “Soaring to Success: Productivity and Affordability in the the NExT Aerospace Era.”

Tours of Boeing’s Everett assembly plant are scheduled for Monday.

Aerospace analyst Kevin Michaels will kick off the conference with a presentation on “The Next Era for Commercial Aerospace: Affordable Innovation, Vertical Integration and Revamped Supply Chain.”

He will be followed by a presentation of Boeing’s market outlook, and that of aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia. Airbus also will present a market outlook.

“The information and outlook presented are not confined by region or manufacturer — instead, they contain a global perspective,” said Nikki Malcom, PNAA’s chairwoman and the business development manager for Element Materials Technology in Bothell.

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