In order to create optimal added value and provide the best solutions for its customers, FACC relies on both targeted forward and backward integration. This enables the company to produce primary materials itself, or to manufacture hybrid parts and components with reduced dependence on supply chains.
Today, FACC already offers complete solutions for the entire life cycle of its products: from design and manufacturing to maintenance and repair. However, vertical integration is to be increased even further. The integration of previously upstream or outsourced processes is thus a key component of FACC’s strategy for the coming years. The goal is to simplify the value stream, to further lower material and purchasing costs, and to reduce dependence on individual supply chains.
Vertical and horizontal integration
A major milestone along this path is the processing of metal components. Today, 50 percent of a modern aircraft still consists of metal components. In 2020, FACC launched the production of aluminum fittings in a highly automated manufacturing cell. Previously, these parts had been procured exclusively from external suppliers.
Another important focus is the development of expertise and capacities in the field of high-quality aircraft furnishings. In the past, these too had always been procured in their entirety via external supply chains. In this area, the company recently developed, approved and patented new materials and surfaces and launched initial projects relating to the furnishing of business jets in the high-end segment.
Simultaneously, FACC remains on the lookout for potential shareholdings or takeovers. Companies operating in a similar spectrum and representing an ideal complement to the Group’s technology and competence portfolio are of particular interest in this regard.