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French group Aeroconseil sets up in Greater Montréal

MONTREAL, April 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The French group Aeroconseil, expert in aeronautical engineering and air transport services, is launching its operations in Greater Montréal to develop its activities in North America. The newly created entity, Aeroconseil Canada, aims to become closer to its North American customers. Benefiting from the assistance of several economic development support organizations, including Montréal International, to establish its presence in the Quebec's metropolis, the company plans to hire more than fifty employees over the next three years. The investment was announced through Aeromart 2010, the international business aviation and space industry convention.

With more than 1,100 employees, the Aeroconseil Group is one of the few companies whose activities span the life cycle of an airplane, from its conception to its operations and its possible conversion. A leading specialist in systems integration, Aeroconseil has all the expertise necessary to support both aircraft and systems manufacturers and airlines and other aircraft owners and lessors, as well as maintenance centres.

Aeroconseil's expansion to Montréal corresponds to the growth of its business, including its active collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace, Thales Canada and Esterline CMC Electronics. "Aeroconseil has an extensive expertise in systems integration. These skills are rare when they are united in a single company. Our strategy is to build on this expertise to support our customers wherever they need it," stated the COO of Aeroconseil OEM business and President of Aeroconseil Canada, Thierry Misson.

With Esterline CMC Electronics, Aeroconseil has certified a Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). Located in the cockpit of an airplane, the EFB is a terminal that integrates performance computing applications, navigation charts, and technical documentation. This certification demonstrates Aeroconseil's ability to work with major OEMs as well as the synergy of expertise the company is able to bring to system development, its integration on an airplane and its use by air operators.

"The presence of Aeroconseil in Montréal will help support aerospace firms in the region. Most large aerospace companies in Québec are located in the Montréal area and its surroundings. Such a concentration of top-quality contractors and component manufacturers in a wide variety of major fields is unparalleled in the world. Aeroconseil represents a strategic asset for the Montréal region," said the Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, Clément Gignac.

"Companies like Aeroconseil who choose to locate in Montréal help create wealth and generate tangible benefits for all Montrealers. This announcement also reinforces the idea that Montréal can undoubtedly be regarded as one of the world centres for aeronautics. The presence of numerous innovative companies is proof of this, but also because it is one of the strategic sectors of Montréal's economy. In the Montréal region, there are over 230 aerospace companies that generate more than 42,000 jobs and annual sales of more than $12 billion," said the Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay

"The establishment in Montréal of a leading company in aerospace engineering services is great news for the city. The presence in Greater Montréal of a world-class aerospace industry that requires increasingly specialized services, such as those offered by Aeroconseil, is undoubtedly a factor in the company's decision to settle in our region," underlined the Acting President and CEO of Montréal International, Luc Lacharité.

    Contact Aeroconseil Canada:
    Benoît Hudon, Vice President and General Manager
    Tel.: 514-296-7800

    Address of Aeroconseil Canada
    2000 rue Peel, suite 660
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    H3A 2W5

About Aeroconseil

Dedicated to stakeholders in the aeronautics market, Aeroconseil has worked with the major players in the sector for 25 years. In 2009, the Group achieved sales of 101 million Euros and its workforce numbered more than 1,100 people. The Group is involved throughout the cycle of the aircraft and focuses its activities around two areas: aeronautical engineering and air transport services. Internationally, the Group is represented in Germany, Spain, the Pacific and now in Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit the website www.aeroconseil.com.

About Montréal International

Montréal International (MI) was created in 1996 as a result of a private/public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development of metropolitan Montréal and to enhance its international status. Its mandates include attracting foreign investment, international organizations and qualified workers, as well as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater Montréal. Montréal International is funded by the private sector, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community), the City of Montréal and the Governments of Canada and Québec.

Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract more than $7.5 billion in foreign investment to Greater Montréal. From these investments, more than 43 000 jobs have been created or maintained. To date, MI's activities have also allowed more than 25 international organizations to establish themselves in the city and attract more than 4 000 qualified foreign workers. To learn more, please visit MI Web site at: www.montrealinternational.com.

SOURCE Montréal International

For further information: For further information: Benoît Lefèvre, Communications Advisor, Montréal International, (514) 987-9323, Cell: (514) 677-2498, benoit.lefevre@montrealinternational.com; Fabrice Galzin/Sandrine Cuney, Communications and Marketing Direction, Aeroconseil, + 33 5 67 20 80 83, support.communication@aeroconseil.com

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