Times are tough for aerospace companies, so lean strategies are becoming a vital part of managers' toolkits, writes Kevin Gingerich. Identifying and eliminating waste, creating more flexible systems and engaging in continuous innovation are helping companies to stay on their feet. "With the competition we all face in today's global market, smart deployment of lean techniques is rapidly becoming more than just a foundation for continuous improvement; it is becoming a means to survival," Gingerich writes.

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