MONTREAL, May 20, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of Lockheed Martin's
mission to Québec organized by Canada Economic Development for Quebec
Regions (CED), Aéro Montréal is delighted with the holding of various
meetings between Lockheed Martin managers responsible for the F-35
procurement program and many Québec aerospace companies.
During a three-day visit, the American company held 50 B2B meetings and
toured the facilities of many key, pre-selected players from Québec's
aerospace industry. These meetings flowed from a mission to Lockheed
Martin's plant in Fort Worth in December 2010 in which Aéro Montréal
participated. They aim to position new potential suppliers in the
global supply chain of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) jet.
The themes of the meetings covered mainly maintenance, repair, overhaul
and upgrades of aircraft; the LM-Star program and development testing
programs; support equipment as well as training systems and equipment.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet is a key program in which the Québec
aerospace industry has been heavily involved for several years. "It is
important for our companies to position themselves, starting now, in
order to integrate into the global supply chains and thereby ensure
spinoffs and jobs for the next 30 to 40 years," notes Gilles Labbé,
Chairman of the Board of Aéro Montréal and Chief Executive Officer of
Héroux-Devtek. "That's why Aéro Montréal is proud to be working with
the CED and its partners to maximize the spinoffs of these important
contracts for the Québec industry.
CED is part of the inter-ministerial team established to manage Canada's
participation in the international partnership for the F-35. The agency
is playing an active role in this program to ensure that the aerospace
industry in the Québec regions can make a positive contribution and
participate in the most optimal way possible in the program. This
effort is being supported by the Ministry of Economic Development,
Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE) as well as by the Quebec Aerospace
Association for SMEs (AQA).
"At this crucial stage of the process for selecting suppliers, Aéro
Montréal and its Defence and National Security Working Group are
supporting and playing an active role in promoting links between Québec
companies and Lockheed Martin," says Suzanne M. Benoît, CEO of Aéro
Montréal. "As a strategic think tank with the mission of optimizing the
competitiveness and growth of Québec's aerospace industry, Aéro
Montréal will also participate in a third mission to Texas next fall."
About Aéro Montréal
Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, is a think tank that brings
together 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 focused actions to increase cohesion and optimize
competitiveness. By fostering the growth and expansion of Greater
Montréal's aerospace cluster, it intends to make this industry an
increasingly important source of wealth creation for the Montréal
region, Québec and Canada.
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