Was outsourcing the reason behind the Boeing 787 Dreamliner mishap?

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The Dreamliner of US, Boeing 787 have been going through a rough patch lately following an emergency landing due to its failed internals. The Li-ion batteries in the Dreamliner caught fire on account of overheating. The Dreamliner was overly hyped up for its charm and the recent mishap has definitely put a damper on its image. Now there is a lot of discussion surrounding Boeing 787.

The Root Cause For Dreamliner’s Failure

Experts are investigating causes for the set-back that happened in Boeing 787. They are also tracking whether outsourcing was the reason for such a bad happening. It is seen that more than 30 per cent of the components of the Jet had come from other countries. This also includes the Japanese made Lithium-ion batteries which caught fire.

Boeing 747, predecessor of Boeing 787 had only 5 per cent of its components from overseas in comparison. One would wonder why the reason for the disaster is being tracked to outsourcing. Japan  is certainly capable of producing quality Lithium-ion batteries as Japanese products are known for its superior quality. The issue surrounding the unfortunate incident could be a huge-network of suppliers involved in making of Boeing787. This could have caused a difficulty for the US based manufacturer to figure out systemic problems.

A wide network of suppliers and a huge collection of components used in building the Dreamliner would have certainly made trouble-spotting a difficult affair. Outsourcing has remained a part and parcel of commercial aviation but the problem now is the complex nature of electronics in aircrafts.  The next dilemma to be tackled is the lack of necessary expertise in the field and this has always been the problem with aeronautics.

When the battery issue can be solved there are other issues that need reckoning in building of Dreamliners. Outsourcing practices that Boeing had been pursuing has always been a problem. It is seen that many companies are not meticulous when it comes to sourcing companies who produce the parts required. They end up making the wrong choices when it comes to choosing a place to base their operations and arranging their supply-chain. The firms follow the precedents to base their operations and their supply-chains in low-cost countries.

There are two possible problematic scenarios that could arise as a result of off-shoring operations. The supply of components becomes an issue. If the company opts to involve a number of suppliers and spread their operations around the globe, then mishaps tend to become commonplace. Second thing, is providing quality products to the buyers. This is going to be impossible, if the company outsources to a larger extent.

Outsourcing does not end up in disasters every time; it may also bring profit to companies. But it is for the firms to decide on outsourcing options taking into consideration the situation and need. This is something to wait and watch.

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