On the aviation side, costs and delays have been the price for developing game-changing aircraft programs that will transform the economic profile of the airline industry. On the rail side, rail integrators (which turn component assemblies into finished trains) are facing higher costs and penalties due to setbacks in high speed and regional passenger train projects across Europe.
Keeping the development and production planning of new products within budget and on schedule is a challenge for any manufacturer. But recently, the costs associated with setbacks have risen to new heights: Aviation and rolling stock development programs are experiencing delays of as much as four years, costing manufacturers significant additional engineering hours and hundreds of millions of dollars in cost overruns. At the same time, the contractual penalties that manufacturers must pay their customers, especially in the aviation industry, are soaring, reaching billions of dollars.