MONTRÉAL, April 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - With the support of Montréal
International (MI), German firm PFW will be establishing its North
American head office in Greater Montréal. PFW, renowned for its wide
range of design, engineering and certification services in the
aerospace industry, is expecting to create more than 100 jobs during
the next three years. The announcement was made at the 2013 Aeromart
Montréal business convention, which was attended by Élaine Zakaïb,
Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec.
PFW has subsidiaries throughout Europe, the United States, Turkey and
Asia. It has over 2,200 employees and annual sales of more than €250
million. PFW's customers include Airbus, EADS, Boeing and Lufthansa
Technik and the company is currently in discussions with Bombardier
Aerospace and Aerolia Canada to further expand their customer base.
"Because Montréal is a world aerospace hub and is experiencing continued
growth with major Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) such as
Bombardier Aerospace, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada and Pratt &
Whitney Canada, PFW feels we have the expertise to provide both
engineering and manufacturing support to the Canadian customer base,"
said Ian Sidsaff, General Manager of PFW Aerospace Canada. "We also
plan to further expand our facility by doing work that has been
entrusted to us by our existing customers around the world."
Montréal International, whose mandate is to attract foreign direct
investments to the Greater Montréal area, supported and advised the
company in its project to establish itself in the region. "The fact
that PFW has chosen Québec's largest city as its base within the North
American market is proof that our aerospace industry has pride of place
on the global stage," said Jacques St-Laurent, CEO of Montréal
International. "As it grows, the company will be able to count on the
support of a highly-qualified workforce and an exceptional network of
research centres and companies in the sector."
Québec is world-renowned in the aerospace sector, and Greater Montréal
is among the foremost international centres in the industry, along with
Seattle and Toulouse. "With more than 42,000 jobs and sales in excess
of $12 billion, the province's aerospace sector is home to a complete
and competitive supply chain including prime contractors, high-quality
equipment manufacturers and integrators and a network of almost
200 world-class SMEs" said Suzanne Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal,
Québec's aerospace cluster. In 2012, Québec's aerospace industry ranked
sixth in the world in sales volume, after the United States, France,
the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.
About PFW (www.pfw.aero/engineering)
Founded in 1913, PFW offers a wide range of aerospace design,
engineering, manufacturing and certification services in all
disciplines. Today PFW is the largest tube and ducts manufacturer in
aerospace worldwide. Further products are structural components,
auxiliary fuel tanks and cargo loading systems. In 2009, PFW acquired
100% of the GCT Group which is known worldwide for its excellence in
engineering and holds an EASA design organisation approval for all ATA
chapters of an aircraft.
GCT is currently undertaking a renaming to PFW Engineering for all its
affiliated companies with a combined total of around 350 engineers. PFW
Engineering offers engineering services to all major OEM's such as
design / certification for engineering work packages as well as
providing specialist manpower solutions at the customers facilities, in
order to offer its customers complete lifecycle solutions that include
the design, construction and certification of new aircraft programs,
such as the Airbus A350XWB and Boeing's 787 Dreamliner.
About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a
private-public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the
economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international
status. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments,
international organizations and international strategic workers as well
as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater
Montréal. Montréal International—a non-profit organization—is funded by
the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.
Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract $9.4
billion in foreign direct investments to Greater Montréal. From these
investments, more than 49,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To
date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of some 60
international organizations to establish themselves in the city and
attract and retain more than 8,000 international strategic workers.
SOURCE: Montréal International
For further information:
Céline Clément, Communications Advisor
Tel.: 514 987-9317
Kay Loewer, Director, Sales and Marketing
PFW Aerospace & PFW Engineering
Tel.: +49 8153 9313 #261
Cell: +49 173 3461740