Summit set for aerospace and defense suppliers

June 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM

SEATTLE, June 26 (UPI) -- Major aerospace and defense industry manufacturers and suppliers will gather in the United States to explore supply chain opportunities.

The gathering -- Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit -- will be held in Seattle, Wash., next year and will be hosted by BCI Aerospace, an international organizer of trade events.

The summit is supported by the Washington State Department of Commerce and sponsored by the Washington Aerospace Partnership, Accenture and the City of Renton. Four Boeing business units -- Commercial Airplanes; Defense, Space and Security; Engineering, Operations & Technology; and Shared Services Group -- will participate in the event.

"There is tremendous opportunity in the aerospace market over the next 20 years and collaboration is the key, " said Kent Fisher, vice president and general manager of Supplier Management for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Boeing needs a dynamic, engaged, highly capable and constantly improving supply chain."

Last year's summit in Seattle boasted participation by 800 companies from 30 countries.

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