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20 July 2018

Farnborough International Airshow – A Trade Mission with Positive Effects for Quebec’s Aerospace Industry

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Farnborough International Airshow

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 20, 2018 – As a result of the trade mission that she led this week in the United Kingdom, the Vice-Premier and Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, Ms. Dominique Anglade, said she was quite satisfied with the outcome of Quebec’s participation at the Farnborough International Airshow.

In addition to the numerous meetings that we held there, Espace Quebec, which was the rallying point for Quebec, was the scene of numerous promising announcements for Quebec’s aerospace industry (French Only):

Signing of a cooperation agreement
Intensification of cooperation based on mutual benefit and reciprocity through collaborative research and technological development between three entities and their respective ecosystems.

Groupe NSE and Drakkar
Establishment, in Montreal, of a new logistics and technical services business in the aerospace sector
Creation of approximately one hundred jobs over a three-year period

Esterline CMC Électronique
Digital and “Agile” Transformation of the Business
Investment of 24.4 million dollars
Consolidation of 93 jobs

Safran Landing Systems Canada Inc.
Modernization of the company’s factory
Investment of 11.8 million dollars
Company’s 4.0 Shift

Aéro Montréal and Aerospace Wales Forum
Signing of a collaboration agreement
Development of commercial relationship between the two aerospace clusters to facilitate access to Quebec and Welsh companies to project managers and their supply chains

Ms. Anglade also seized the occasion to announce the establishment of a research and development centre in Montreal by the London-based company Behavox, an industry leader in artificial intelligence applied to data analytics.

Recall that the Quebec delegation included some sixty participants, representing close to 30 SME and organizations as well as stakeholders from the sector.


I am very proud of the work accomplished by all of the participants on this trade mission. The announcements made over the course of the week reflect the vitality of our aerospace industry and the wave of optimism it is experiencing. Through this trade mission and the Stratégie québécoise de l’aérospatiale 2016-2026, our government is ensuring that the industry has the means to reinforce its contributions to global supply chain and establish strategic partnerships for Quebec. This year, we are renewing growth in Quebec’s aerospace sector.

– Dominique Anglade, Vice Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy

Quick Facts:

  • The Farnborough Airshow  is this sector’s most important commercial event in 2018. It unites the major commercial, military and business aviation project managers as well as the largest helicopter manufacturers.
  • Over the first five years of its implementation, the Stratégie québécoise de l’aérospatiale 2016-2026 forecasts $510 million of interventions to support the Quebec aerospace industry, which should generate 2.8 billion dollars.
  • In Quebec, the aerospace industry represents over 40 000 specialized jobs within some 200 world-renowned companies, including close to twenty project managers, equipment manufacturers, first-rate partners and centres conducting heavy revision and maintenance activities.

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