MRO Management Decemeber 2013

Randell notes that brake OEMs are in a particularly strong position due to the high costs of the consumable elements, particularly on carbon brakes. For example, he declares, in a $40,000 repair task the labour content can be as low as a few percent, so any advantage the maintainer may have over the OEM in terms of labour costs has minimal effect. Furthermore, OEMs are apt to charge independents full list prices for replacements and may quote long order lead times.

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