Tier4 Research is a bottoms-up aerospace research firm focused on providing timely analysis of the upstream aerospace channels (tier-4 suppliers), specialty materials markets, and other niche metals. With 20+ years experience, a vast network of industry contacts, and the propensity to provide hard-hitting, opinionated research on lesser-covered companies, Chris Olin truly has a finger on the pulse of the aerospace industry.
Tier4 Research identifies areas of industry strengths and weaknesses that can offer investors a better means to generate ROI within a variety of aerospace-related supply groups. Our intelligence also helps non-investment readers better track market trends, areas of supply constraints, and cost inflation risk. Tier4 Research surveys started in the specialty materials universe, driven by the high-level feedback collected from titanium, nickel-alloy and aluminum-levered contacts, and communications slowly expanded into other focus areas. We report on products that are more difficult to track including aerospace fasteners, composite materials, premium forgings and aircraft interiors in order to draw conclusions on larger aerospace companies such as Boeing.
The creation and launch of Tier4 Research represents the culmination of decades of navigating the difficulties and nuances of the aerospace industry and specialty materials markets. Tier4 Research is the third company that founder Chris Olin has launched, resulting in a leadership team with an intimate understanding of the bottoms-up survey process and the dedication necessary to found a new sellside research firm. For support in branding, marketing, compliance, and sales, Tier4 Research has partnered with Analyst Hub, an independent research infrastructure platform company that provides talented sell-side analysts a path to owning their own enterprise.
Tier4 Research is led by aerospace research expert Chris Olin and supported by a nationwide marketing and sales team powered by Analyst Hub. This partnership gives Chris the unique opportunity to focus on providing differentiated aerospace industry research and analysis for investors and other interested parties through bottoms-up fundamental analysis. This methodology allows him to identify potential areas of industry demand strengths and weaknesses that offers investors a better means to capture alpha within the various aerospace-related supply groups. The company’s unique intelligence also helps non-investment readers better track market trends, areas of supply constraints, and cost inflation risk.
Chris Olin is the Founder and President of Tier4 Research. The company was started in 2020 with a goal of communicating the most interesting trends evident within the upstream aerospace channels (tier-4 suppliers), specialty materials markets, and other niche metals. Chris has researched and analyzed these under-followed markets since 2000, leveraging a vast network of premium forge, titanium, nickel-based alloy, stainless steel, titanium and aluminum industry contacts.
Prior to forming Tier4 Research, Chris was a founding partner at both Cleveland Research Company and Longbow Research, where he helped develop a bottoms-up survey process that provided investors with more accurate data points and information. In the past, Boeing, Allegheny Technologies, Carpenter Technology, Howmet Aerospace, Arconic, Hexcel, and Precision Castparts were covered focus points.
Chris has twice been named by Forbes Magazine as a top stock picker in the metals and materials universe. In 2006, he was highlighted as the #6 stock picker in the country (for all markets) and #1 in metals and mining. He frequently speaks at major industry conferences, presenting findings from his proprietary survey work and market analytics. Chris attended Eastern Michigan University and Cleveland State University and currently lives in Cleveland, OH.