FARNBOROUGH, UK, July 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA), the Northwest source for aerospace services and information,
signed a framework agreement on cooperation during the Farnborough
Suzanne Benoît, president of Aéro Montréal, welcomed the initiative
saying it will create strong opportunities for the Québec's aerospace
industry as Montréal and Seattle are two of the three world aerospace
capitals. "We share similar objectives for our respective members and
strongly believe in the potential of sharing best practices and mutual
challenges, mainly in the area of supply chain optimization," she said.
"The signing of this cooperation agreement demonstrates a proactive
leadership of the Québec's aerospace industry," said Sam Hamad, Québec
Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. "This is
a renewed opportunity for the sector to benefit from the expertise of a
strategic partner and build bridges between Quebec's and Washington
Kevin Steck, Board Chair of the PNAA, added that "We are both committed
to a collaborative approach and look forward to developing a close
working relationship to the benefit of both our organizations."
"I applaud this important collaboration between PNAA and Aero Montreal
for the great opportunity it represents to further strengthen the
competitive position of our North American aerospace industry.
Agreements like this create new growth potential and jobs for the 720
supply chain companies here in Washington state and their fellow sector
members in Canada," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The collaboration agreement involves the exchange of information
concerning the two clusters' respective programs and initiatives. It
also involves the exchange of information about their respective
members' needs, offers and capabilities, allowing for shared knowledge
on how both clusters could better integrate, leverage each other's core
competencies and therefore develop complementary value chains.
About the agreement signatories
About Aéro Montréal
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, is a strategic think tank
that groups all the major decision makers in Québec's aerospace sector,
including companies, educational and research institutions,
associations and unions.
Aéro Montréal's mission is to mobilize industry players around common
goals and concerted actions to increase the cohesion and optimize
competitiveness of Québec's aerospace cluster. It aims to foster the
growth and expansion of the cluster so as to ensure that it may
continue to create wealth for Montréal, Québec and Canada. To find out
more about Aéro Montréal, visit www.aeromontreal.ca.
About the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) has been promoting the
growth and success of the aerospace industry in the Northwest for over
11 years. Its primary purpose is to help grow and maintain a viable
aerospace industry in the region. This is accomplished through frequent
educational and networking events and informing members and
participants of important industry changes and business opportunities.
A non-profit organization, PNAA derives sustaining support through
membership and corporate sponsorships. Affiliates include Abbotsford
Airport, Aerospace Industry Alliance of British Columbia (AIABC),
Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), Aviation Alberta,
Bellevue College, CECOMPI (Brazil), Edmonds Community College, Everett
Community College, Future of Flight Foundation, Inland Northwest
Aerospace Consortium (INWAC), Manitoba Aerospace Association, Montreal
Aerospace Association, Neidersachsen Aviation, Pacific Northwest
Defense Coalition (PNDC), Quebec Aerospace Association (AQA), Supplier
Excellence Alliance (SEA), and Trade Development Alliance of Greater
Seattle (TDA). Sponsors include Acuity Solutions, CDG - A Boeing
Company, Centers for Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Materials
Manufacturing, Consulate General of Canada/Seattle, Moss Adams,
Niedersachsen Aviation (Germany), the Washington State Department of
Commerce, The Boeing Company, Regence Blue Shield, and Aerospace Joint
Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC).
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