This 2017 Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings is a qualitative framework that looks at key countries and states within the US to help provide aerospace companies with information to improve manufacturing supply chains, control costs, and plan for future growth. In this fourth edition of our analysis, we have improved and refined the ranking methodology to provide a more meaningful comparison of both countries globally and states within the US for aerospace manufacturing.
This year’s rankings place the United States in first place,
followed by Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. New entrants to the top ten include Australia, Taiwan, and Denmark. Singapore, the Netherlands, and France dropped out of the top ten.
There were several significant changes to the state rankings this year.
Georgia took first place, Michigan second, and Arizona third. North Carolina reentered the top ten, placing fourth. Meanwhile, Florida fell four ranks to sixth place, while Virginia and New York jumped into the top ten for the first time in the past four years. Washington and Indiana fell out of the top ten, while Utah and Missouri dropped in the rankings, partly as a result of changes in the methodology. While rank improvements and reductions can be attributed to a variety of industry dynamics and manufacturing investments, many movements are also impacted by refinements to the ranking methodology.