LE BOURGET (France), June 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal,
Québec's aerospace cluster, signed a framework agreement on
collaboration with Aerospace Cluster in Rhône-Alpes during the Paris
Air Show (Salon international de l'aéronautique et de l'espace Paris -
Le Bourget). This agreement aims to initiate a special relationship
between the two aerospace clusters, increase exchanges of information
on innovation and optimization of the supply chain, and promote
Aéro Montréal President Suzanne M. Benoît, welcomed the initiative,
saying it will provide major opportunities for Québec's aerospace
industry, in particular with respect to collaborative R&D projects,
given that Rhône-Alpes is considered the 4th most important region in
Europe for aeronautical research.
"In a turbulent global economy where environmental regulations are
tightening, innovation remains a competitive advantage against global
competition that is being heightened by the arrival of emerging
countries eager to break into the aerospace market," said Ms. Benoît.
"We firmly believe in the importance of strategic alliances between
international clusters sharing the same objectives to strengthen the
position of their respective companies internationally."
"We are extremely pleased to sign this agreement with Aéro Montréal,
which is one of the most successful aerospace clusters. It will enable
our two clusters to work better together, encourage more cooperation
between SMEs, and foster the emergence of new projects in aerospace
innovation," said Frédéric Antras, Representative of the Aerospace
cluster in Rhône-Alpes.
"The signing of this cooperation agreement clearly demonstrates Québec's
important position in the world aerospace industry and the reputation
of its cluster," added Mr. Nicolas Marceau, Québec's Minister of
Finance and the Economy. "This is a prime opportunity for companies in
the sector to build bridges and forge alliances with world-renowned
This agreement involves the exchange of information on the needs and
expectations of members of both organizations. It also provides
reciprocal support for research projects and the sharing of best
practices for optimizing the supply chain and human resources, among
others, through international forums such Aéro Montréal's Aerospace
Innovation Forum 2013.
This is the third agreement entered into by Aéro Montréal with a French
aerospace competitive cluster after Aerospace Valley in 2007 and Pégase
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.
Aerospace cluster in Rhône-Alpes is an association that brings together all aerospace players within the
Rhône-Alpes region, SMEs, intermediate companies and groups, research
laboratories and training centres, around common objectives.
Aerospace cluster in Rhône-Alpes principal mission is to foster the
development of Rhône-Alpes aerospace industry through innovation,
internationalisation and competitiveness, to promote the regional
aerospace brand, for the creation of jobs and new activities within the
Aerospace Cluster in Rhône-Alpes benefits from support of the French
State, the Rhône-Alpes region and the CCIR Rhône-Alpes. Aerospace
Cluster in Rhône-Alpes is labeled "Cluster Rhône-Alpes" since 2005 and
recipient of DATAR call for projects "Grappes d'entreprises" in 2011.
SOURCE: Aéro Montréal
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