Manufacturing intelligence is a key indicator for the overarching intent of the mega manufacturer such as Boeing. Spirit Aerosystems installation of a new autoclave signals a capability far exceeding the current backlog Boeing has for its 787 model. A sensible plan for Boeing is the preparation for a 2,000 unit 787 order book. The current unofficial units stands at 1,210 Dreamliners ordered, and having about 725 of its type remaining to be built as of this date.
Spirit Aerosystems is a large player in this effort, a key bellwether indicator for the program. If it expands, then Boeing planning has done its due diligence for estimating market growth. Here is what Engineering.com has written about signaling an expectation of 787 product growth as Spirit sinks millions into this project as it expects far more work than the 725 currently in backlog.