As announced on June, 28th 2012 in Montréal, the selection of the Province of Québec for its new
assembly plant, is a step forward in Aerolia's development strategy.
MONTREAL, June 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Selected by Bombardier in 2011 to
design and manufacture the center fuselage of the Global 7000 and 8000
corporate jets, Aerolia announced today in Montréal, jointly with the
Canadian Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export
(MDEIE) and the French Ambassador, the upcoming construction in Québec of its assembly plant dedicated to this new program.
One year after the creation of its subsidiary Aerolia Canada and the
setting up of its Design Office in Montréal, Aerolia confirms its
commitment to deliver to Bombardier, in a close relationship, its best
expertise in metal and composite materials.
"With an Aerolia Design Office in Montréal where about 100 engineers are
already designing the center fuselage assembly, the program is on
track. The announcement of the construction of an assembly plant in
Québec formalizes a major, ambitious and exciting step forward, thereby
giving concrete form to the industrial chapter of our contract with
Bombardier. This new site will give an impulse to the exploration of
new markets and new customers", said Christian Cornille, CEO of Aerolia
A mutual commitment
In that context, Aerolia would like to express all its gratitude to the
Government of Québec for all its efforts in setting up appropriate
conditions for the development of Aerolia Canada.
"To support its development, Aerolia should receive, by 2018, a
financial contribution of over 75 million Canadian dollars, that is
approximately 60 million Euros. This includes financing our Research &
Development efforts in Québec as well as setting up industrial
facilities in the great area of Montréal. Thanks to this financing,
more than 150 jobs will be created in Québec ", said Marie-Agnès Vève,
CEO of Aerolia Canada.
The Province of Québec plays an active role in this project, with a
financial support of 15 million Canadian dollars for the development
of Aerolia, 5 millions of which are a non-refundable contribution.
A two-stage schedule
This industrial development of Aerolia in Québec will start by mid-2013.
Meanwhile, the production of the first subassemblies will take place in
the French and Tunisian sites of Aerolia.
"To conduct the project, we received a substantial support from Montréal
International, the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and
Export as well as from Investissement Québec, and I take the
opportunity to thank them for their hospitality", said Marie-Agnès
Vève, CEO of Aerolia Canada.
The way is now open and the first aircraft will fully benefit from the
experience of the teams from Méaulte, Saint Nazaire, Toulouse and
Tunis. Once the new plant is built, the team currently performing
assembly operations in our French facilities in the Picardy Region will
hand over this activity to the new Aerolia team.
The "plug & fly" delivery concept of Aerolia takes shape
Aerolia Canada will employ more than 150 persons on 2 sites in Canada,
one dedicated to Engineering and the other to the "plug & fly" assembly
of the fuselage. With this concept, the already equipped and tested
fuselages will be directly delivered to Bombardier's assembly lines.
These assembly operations will also help in developing the supply chain
of Québec and north America that will be involved in the ramp-up and
development phases of this Bombardier program.
Preserving the historical sites of Aerolia
While expanding on the international level and exploring new markets,
Aerolia maintains its historical sites in France.
"With 220 millions invested since 2009 on its site of Méaulte for the
production of metal and composite aerostructures for the A350, a new
investment of 100 millions over 5 years has just been made official for
our Aerolia site in Saint-Nazaire. Such efforts demonstrate our
offensive industrial strategy combined with a significant employment
policy since more than 800 jobs will be created over 4 years" concludes
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