Sonaca NMF Canada - Recieves Quebec Aerospace Association (QAA) Enterprise of the Year Award for 2007



    MIRABEL, QC, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Sonaca NMF Canada has been awarded
the Quebec Aerospace Association (AQA) Enterprise of the Year Award for 2007.
This recognition is attributed to the company's overall accomplishments but
particularly; to the growth of its earnings that have increased by 26% year
over year in 2006, to exports that have more than quintupled between 2004 and
2006 and to the exceptional development of its overall business activities as
reflected in the upsurge of orders from its major customers: Bombardier,
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Embraer and Israel Aircraft Industries.
    Sonaca NMF Canada manufactures wing panels for the regional and business
jet markets as well as structural parts for the civil aviation industry.
    "We accept this acknowledgment with pride. This award recognizes the
contribution and efforts of all employees in the fulfilment of our development
plan. The improvements of our business practices will allow Sonaca NMF Canada
to benefit from the growth in our industry and will ensure our long term
success." according to Philippe Hoste, Chief Executive Officer at Sonaca NMF
Canada.
    "We at the AQA are honored to have Sonaca NMF Canada as a member of our
organization. Mr. Hoste has achieved targets which were set and we are sure he
and Sonaca NMF Canada will continue to excel as proud SME in our community. We
look forward to Sonaca's continued support," said Don Tambling, President of
AQA Board of Directors
    Since the acquisition of all assets of NMF Canada in 2003, Sonaca NMF
Canada has obtained new commercial programs, consolidated its operations,
restored its financial structure and has secured 250 specialized jobs in
Quebec.
    In 2005, the company initiated a business improvement program which
contributed to the increase in productivity and the enhancement of the
profitability of its manufacturing programs. Among others, administrative
expenses decreased by 13% in 2006 over 2005 and the bottom line improved by
184% during the same period.

    About Sonaca NMF Canada
    -----------------------

    Sonaca NMF Canada is a subsidiary of Sonaca S.A of Belgium. The company
manufactures aerospace structures for the civil aviation industry. Its core
business involves the development, forming and assembly of wing panels for
regional and business jet markets. Sonaca NMF Canada's clients are the most
important manufacturers of regional and business jets in the world. Sonaca NMF
is located in Mirabel, Quebec, where it employs 250 people. For more
information on Sonaca NMF Canada, visit our new Internet site:
www.sonacanmf.com

    About Sonaca S.A
    ----------------

    SONACA S.A. is an aerospace construction company located in Gosselies, in
the south of Belgium. It is the parent company of a group of companies located
in Brazil, Canada and the United States. The SONACA Group employs more than
2,400 people around the world.
    SONACA's core business is the development, manufacturing, assembly and
test of aerospace structures and their associated subsystems. Thanks to its
involvement in civil contracts for AIRBUS, EMBRAER, DASSAULT AVIATION,
BOMBARDIER and IAI/GULFSTREAM, and in both military and space programs, SONACA
is now recognized worldwide for its know-how and active participation in the
development of new technologies. For more information on Sonaca, visit:
www.sonaca.com

    About Quebec Aerospace Association (AQA)
    ----------------------------------------

    Established in 1997, with headquarters in Montreal, the Quebec Aerospace
Association (AQA) has over 230 company-members: government, institutions,
associations and private enterprise.
    The mission of the AQA is to recognize, evaluate and respond to any issue
that affects its membership, the large majority of which are small to medium
size aerospace companies. This includes Canadian competitiveness and the
interests of its members in relation to government, associations and large
aerospace companies.
    Activities are based on developing relations with large aerospace
companies, expanding relations between aerospace SME's and increasing the
commercial representation of aerospace SME's.




For further information:

For further information: Sonaca NMF Canada: Philippe Hoste, Chief
Executive Officer, Sonaca NMF Canada, (450) 434-6114 Ext: 700, Fax: (450)
434-5658, philippe.hoste@sonacanmf.com; Quebec Aerospace Association (AQA):
Sharon Core, Manager, Market development and communication, Quebec Aerospace
Association (AQA), (514) 596-2388, score@aqa.ca

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