Top 100 Aerospace Companies – 2015

Posted by douglasburdett

The aerospace industry is riding a decade-long economic super-cycle. The industry's defense segment, however, remains under strain.

Top 100 Aerospace Companies

The latest list of the Top 100 Aerospace Companies, compiled by Flight Global and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), has been released.

Aerospace industry financial data from 2014 underscores the obvious: this industry is riding a decade-long growth wave. Our analysis, compiled by the aerospace experts at PwC, shows that, barring a wobble during the darkest days of the financial crisis, makers of aircraft and their suppliers mostly sloughed off the downturn and then surged during an otherwise weak recovery. Indeed, aerospace can be said to be enjoying an economic super-cycle.

Defense sales growth, however, has been anemic in recent years:

Defense Sales Growth 2005-2014

Western defence budgets remain under strain, with minus signs generally prevailing in the majors’ growth column; UTC is the big outlier, but percentage-wise its growth in 2014 was just a third of what it managed in 2013. However, the coming year could mark a turn in fortune, at least for some. US players can probably expect another year of broad stasis while the election plays out, though Lockheed Martin will get a boost from its imminent acquisition of helicopter maker Sikorsky from UTC. In Europe, the UK is engaged in a defence and security priorities review, and has determined to maintain spending, as per NATO guidelines, at 2% of GDP.

Since an aerospace company’s website is one of its most important marketing assets, I ran each of the companies' websites through Marketing Grader. This free tool analyzes a website based on the 3 pillars of inbound marketing: 1) getting found online, 2) converting visitors to leads, and 3) measuring effectiveness.

Marketing Grader is a “tough grader.” A score in the 80′s is very good (congratulations to Boeing, Raytheon, Saab and Garmin). And if your site’s score is low, there are a number of things that can be done to improve it in a relatively short period of time. In fact, when you run your own site through Marketing Grader, a comprehensive report is generated outlining how to improve your site’s marketing effectiveness.

One of the best things a defense contractor can do to improve their marketing effectiveness is to start a company blog. This post explains the benefits of blogging for defense contractors:

Why Defense Contractors Can’t Afford Not to Have a Blog

Social media is a marketing tactic that is getting increased adoption and usage by aerospace companies. Social media is enabling aerospace companies to increase awareness amongst key audiences, including potential employees. More importantly, per the study referenced in “15 Reasons Why More Aerospace & Defense CEOs are “Liking” Social Media,” it is just plain good for business.

Top 100 Aerospace Co. TwitterGiven the growing importance of Twitter to aerospace companies, I have included a link to each company’s Twitter account if I was able to locate one. I have also set up a list on Twitter of the companies on this Top 100 list which can be seen by clicking here or on the adjacent graphic. And, you can see the list's real-time tweets at the bottom of this page.

Similarly, given the many benefits of having a LinkedIn company page, I have included links to each aerospace firm's LinkedIn company page for those I was able to locate.

Now, on to the list.

The Top 100 was compiled by aerospace experts at PwC. The information used in preparing the report was obtained from company annual reports, public filings and other publicly available information.

 

Number Company Revenues Marketing Grade
1 Boeing Twitter LinkedIn $90.8 billion 83%
2 Airbus Twitter Untitled $80.6 billion 58%
3 Lockheed Martin Twitter Untitled $45.6 billion 79%
4 United Technologies Twitter Untitled $36.2 billion 62%
5 General Electric Twitter Untitled $24.0 billion 69%
6 Northrop Grumman Twitter Untitled $24.0 billion 70%
7 Raytheon Twitter Untitled $22.8 billion 87%
8 Safran Twitter Untitled $18.3 billion 68%
9 Finmeccanica Twitter Untitled $17.2 billion 43%
10 Rolls-Royce Twitter Untitled $14.7 billion 61%
11 BAE Systems Twitter Untitled $13.7 billion 59%
12 Honeywell Twitter Untitled $11.9 billion 57%
13 Bombardier Twitter Untitled $10.5 billion 61%
14 General Dynamics Twitter Untitled $10.5 billion 59%
15 L-3 Untitled $10.1 billion 49%
16 Textron Twitter Untitled $10.0 billion 51%
17 United Aircraft Twitter Untitled $7.40 billion N/A
18 Precision Castparts Untitled $7.00 billion 43%
19 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Twitter Untitled $6.87 billion 40%
20 Spirit Aerosystems Twitter Untitled $6.80 billion 38%
21 Thales Twitter Untitled $6.65 billion 77%
22 Embraer Twitter Untitled $6.29 billion N/A
23 Alcoa Twitter Untitled $5.60 billion 57%
24 Zodiac Twitter Untitled $5.54 billion 70%
25 MTU Aero Engines Untitled $5.19 billion 46%
26 Rockwell Collins Twitter Untitled $4.98 billion 52%
27 Dassault Aviation Twitter Untitled $4.88 billion 76%
28 AVIC Untitled $4.18 billion 13%
29 IHI $4.07 billion 40%
30 Triumph Twitter Untitled $3.89 billion 40%
31 Israel Aerospace  Untitled $3.83 billion 40%
32 GKN Untitled $3.67 billion 56%
33 Harris Twitter Untitled $3.63 billion 55%
34 Kawasaki (KHI) Untitled $2.88 billion 51%
35 Orbital ATK Twitter Untitled $2.99 billion 58%
36 Hindustan Aeronautics Untitled $2.91 billion N/A
37 B/E Aerospace Untitled $2.60 billion 46%
38 Elbit Systems Twitter Untitled $2.58 billion 36%
39 Cobham Twitter Untitled $2.50 billion 77%
40 Teledyne Twitter Untitled $2.39 billion 46%
41 Transdigm Untitled $2.37 billion 29%
42 Parker Hannifin Twitter Untitled $2.24 billion 29%
43 Korea Aerospace Twitter Untitled $2.20 billion 22%
44 Meggitt Twitter Untitled $2.17 billion 49%
45 MDA Untitled $2.10 billion 22%
46 CAE Twitter Untitled $1.95 billion 57%
47 Eaton Twitter Untitled $1.86 billion 61%
48 SAAB Twitter Untitled $1.80 billion 82%
49 Exelis Untitled $1.77 billion 49%
50 Irkut Untitled $1.71 billion N/A
51 MOOG Twitter Untitled $1.69 billion 49%
52 Esterline Untitled $1.64 billion 44%
53 ST Engineering Untitled $1.64 billion 40%
54 Aerojet Rocketdyne Twitter Untitled $1.60 billion 66%
55 Hexcel Twitter Untitled $1.59 billion 48%
56 Liebherr Twitter Untitled $1.55 billion 69%
57 Allegheny Technologies Untitled $1.36 billion 38%
58 Fuji Heavy Industries Untitled $1.35 billion 39%
59 Diehl Aerosystems Untitled $1.29 billion 70%
60 Daher Twitter Untitled $1.29 billion 52%
61 Pilatus Twitter Untitled $1.28 billion 48%
62 RUAG Untitled $1.14 billion 41%
63 Heico Twitter Untitled $1.13 billion 41%
64 Cytec Untitled $1.10 billion 61%
65 Woodward Twitter Untitled $1.08 billion 52%
66 Lisi Untitled $1.05 billion 31%
67 Fokker Technologies Twitter Untitled $1.01 billion 74%
68 Turkish Aerospace $1.0 billion N/A
69 Ball Aerospace Twitter Untitled $935 million 51%
70 Amphenol Twitter Untitled $917 million 44%
71 Constellium Twitter Untitled $885 million 75%
72 Senior Untitled $884 million 45%
73 Latecoere Untitled $881 million 33%
74 ITP Untitled $863 million 39%
75 Magellan Aerospace Untitled $761 million 46%
76 Aernnova Untitled $734 million N/A
77 Curtiss-Wright Untitled $714 million 46%
78 FACC Untitled $702 million 48%
79 Crane Aerospace Twitter Untitled $696 million 55%
80 Kongsberg Twitter Untitled $678 million 59%
81 Chemring Twitter Untitled $664 million 45%
82 Indra Twitter Untitled $663 million 59%
83 Ultra Electronics Untitled $658 million 49%
84 Jamco Untitled $643 million 22%
85 Kaman Aerospace Untitled $633 million 52%
86 SKF Twitter Untitled $621 million 51%
87 Ducommun Untitled $608 million 51%
88 Marshall Untitled $506 million 67%
89 Asco Twitter Untitled $439 million 46%
90 Griffon Aerospace Untitled $419 million 26%
91 Sonaca Twitter Untitled $418 million 29%
92 LMI Aerospace Twitter Untitled $388 million 38%
93 Garmin Twitter Untitled $386 million 86%
94 Praxair Twitter Untitled $368 million 51%
95 Heroux-Devtek Untitled $331 million 37%
96 Martin-Baker Twitter Untitled $326 million 52%
97 Elettronica Untitled $319 million 16%
98 Doncasters Untitled $293 million 60%
99 Figeac Aero Untitled $281 million 39%
100 FLIR Systems Twitter Untitled $271 million 57%

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Below, you can scroll through the latest real-time Tweets from the Top 100 Aerospace Companies.



Note: Website grades are based on running the above URLs through Marketing Grader in 4th Quarter, 2015. If a different URL should be used, please notify me and I will run another report and update the score. Similarly, if an adjustment should be made to the Twitter listing or LinkedIn Company page, please post a comment below or email me.

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