Welcome to the latest issue of MRO Management. The year ahead looks set to be an intriguing one for the global MRO industry. With travel bouncing back so strongly in 2022, MRO activities have been gaining momentum, and companies will be looking to build on that – across all segments of MRO – in 2023.
It will not be plain sailing though, as significant challenges remain. Geopolitical, economic and societal issues present a difficult background to business next year. Supply chain disruptions remain, while labour shortages – both in the short- and long-term – still need to be addressed.
Beyond the day-to-day, other topics on the agenda for 2023 include digitalisation and sustainability. The former provides an opportunity to achieve efficiency improvements, while the latter has become something companies can no longer just talk about it, but need to deliver on.
Our annual global industry outlook – and cover story (p22) – combines the perspectives of a range of companies from across the industry, as we seek to look into the crystal ball to determine what 2023 will hold in store.
The results are fascinating. A general mood of positivity and optimism can be discerned, while we can look forward to new innovations and partnerships, increased collaboration, and further digitalisation.
With these things in mind, the Predictive Aircraft Maintenance 2022 conference took place in London in November, in partnership with MRO Management. More than 100 delegates were in attendance at the Pan Pacific London hotel for what was a very positive, informative and forward-thinking event. Experts in the field of predictive maintenance were able to share knowledge and network with those who were curious about the benefits of the solutions they are offering.
In the near future, the MRO industry as a whole will be able to unlock even more of the power of data, and the potential savings are extraordinary. You can read a review of the event on p32.
This issue also includes some fascinating ‘Industry voices’ contributions. Panasonic Technical Services’ Tom Eskola describes how the company has become the largest in-flight entertainment and connectivity MRO in the world. MAAS Aviation’s Richard Marston shows how the aircraft painting and exterior coatings company has formed a successful long-term partnership with Ryanair. And DBK Aero’s Delphine Kennedy tells the incredible story behind the creation of her own business.