It is well known that Aerospace & Defence is a higher-risk, higher-reward sector compared to the broader market (historically showing 15 – 20% more volatility).
Given current market strength, investors are clearly benefiting, although are always hungry for more. Private equity, in particular, need market out-performance and therefore the search for the next big thing is a priority.
3D printing and other advanced manufacturing techniques have long been a potential source of high returns, although many believe these technologies are too futuristic to achieve short-term value growth - a view that this article suggests is now well out of date.
Additive manufacturing, as it is more commonly known in the aerospace sector, is often perceived as a manufacturing method for the future, however, this is a misconception.