The MACH Initiative at the center of discussions
LE BOURGET, France, June 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, Québec's
aerospace cluster, signed a third collaboration agreement with the
Pôle de compétitivité aéronautique et spatial "Skywin Wallonie" during
the Paris Air Show (Salon international de l'aéronautique et de
l'espace Paris - Le Bourget). Following the signing, the two
organizations will conduct an immediate feasibility study for the
deployment of the MACH Initiative in Wallonia. This agreement is based
on a common project approved at the end of March 2013 by the
Wallonia-Brussels and Québec committee supporting and valuing
collaboration between the two entities.
"This is the first step to emulate the MACH Initiative outside of our
borders," said Ms Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal. "This
new international recognition of the initiative will promote the
establishment of the MACH performance label as a guarantee of quality
to world-class prime contractors."
"This agreement is a unique occasion for Walloon SMEs to acquire
superior experience and to increase accessibly to a market as
competitive as aerospace," declared Mr. Etienne Pourbaix, Director of
Skywin Wallonie. Skywin was highly impressed by the quality of the MACH
Initiative developed in Québec, and hopes this new collaboration with
Aéro Montréal will bring similar benefits to Walloon companies"
"The signing of this cooperation agreement clearly demonstrates the
reputation of Aéro Montréal's MACH Initiative internationally," said
Mr. Nicolas Marceau, Québec Minister of Finance and the Economy. "It is
excellent news for Québec SMEs, who will benefit from cooperation
between supply chains in Québec and Wallonia to gain greater access to
the European aerospace market."
Seven years after the launch of the Walloon Competitiveness clusters,
Jean-Claude Marcourt, Vice President and Wallonia Minister of Economy,
welcomes the development of these first-rate organizations. They are
now considered world-class partners. He congratulated the Skywin Pole,
a growth catalyst and accelerator for SMEs in aeronautics and
aerospace. "We have developed a world unique technology expertise:
aircraft engines, wing leading edges, telescopes, flight simulators...
This cutting-edge expertise is now called 'Made in Wallonia'."
"Through this strategic partnership, Aéro Montréal and Skywin will
undertake innovative joint projects and open the doors of their
markets, high-potential markets for our companies," explained
About the signatories of the agreement
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
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.
The Belgian aerospace cluster "Skywin Wallonie" is a group of companies, training centers and research units engaged in
public and private partnership and building synergies around common and
innovative projects in the Walloon region of Belgium
As a competitiveness cluster, Skywin's objective is to foster and
promote the technological advance of Walloon aerospace companies and
therefore supply competitive products and services, which are the
mainstay of business development.
SOURCE: Aéro Montréal
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