A first in North America - Aéromart 2008 International Business Convention Lands in Montreal this spring

    MONTREAL, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time ever in North
America, the Aéromart International Business Convention will be held at the
Palais des congrès de Montréal from April 8 to 10, 2008. More than 400
companies from Canada, the United States, France, Germany, China, India and
Mexico are expected to attend. Lots of big industry players will be
participating: AVIC, Bombardier, Boeing, Embraer, Esterline CMC Electronics,
Pratt & Whitney Canada, Rolls-Royce, SAFRAN and Thales have already confirmed
their participation.
    Aéromart Montréal 2008 is modeled after Aéromart Toulouse and Aéromart
Beijing, which are the largest business conventions bringing together major
aerospace manufacturers and suppliers. It will provide a unique opportunity
for participants to take part in formal and targeted One-to-One business
meetings over a three day period.
    In addition to these formal business meetings, original equipment
manufacturers (OEMs) will hold "How to Do Business With" workshops and
participants will be able to attend a series of conferences on a range of
themes such as green aircraft, adapting to integrated manufacturing, and
supply strategies.
    "Canada's aerospace industry is a world leader, employing 79 000 skilled
Canadians and boasting annual revenues of $22.1 billion. To stay competitive,
our government announced a Science and Technology Strategy in 2007 that is
ensuring this industry and others remain at the international forefront of
research and discovery," said the Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Minister
of Industry. "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to welcome
all participants from across Canada and around the world to Aéromart 2008 in
Montréal, a world-renowned centre of aerospace research and industry."
    "The holding of Aéromart Montréal 2008 confirms the leadership of Quebec
in the aerospace industry worldwide. This is a unique opportunity for Quebec
companies to forge business ties and develop alliances with partners from
around the world," said Mr. Raymond Bachand, Minister of Economic Development,
Innovation and Export Trade.
    "The growth and success of Bombardier are based on the vitality of its
supply chain. By its unique structure, Aéromart is therefore an excellent
opportunity to effectively meet potential suppliers from around the world.
This forum allows us to optimize our discussions and exchanges in order to
improve the overall competitiveness of Bombardier", added Mr. Jean Séguin,
Vice President, Engineering & Supply Chain at Bombardier Aerospace.
    Aéromart Montréal is being organized by BCI Aerospace, a leader in B2B
events for the aeronautics and space industries. BCI Aerospace helps small,
medium size companies and OEMs discover markets and their key players.
    To help plan this event in Montreal, BCI Aerospace is working with a
steering committee composed of representatives from Industry Canada, the
ministère du Développement économique de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation du
Québec, Aéro Montréal, Bombardier, Esterline CMC Electronics and Montreal

For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Fontaine, Senior Communications
Advisor, Aéro Montréal, (514) 987-9334

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