LE BOURGET (France), June 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - International
high-tech leader Sogeclair group has announced it is opening a Canadian
subsidiary in Greater Montréal. Philippe Robardey, Sogeclair CEO, and
Yves Sagot, president of the company's Québec subsidiary, made the
announcement today at the Paris Air Show - Le Bourget, in presence of
Nicolas Marceau, Québec's Minister of Finance and the Economy.
"This new Canadian subsidiary will allow us to get closer to our clients
and bring them the full range of expertise developed by the group's
divisions. There, we can listen to our clients and adapt our offer
based on their expectations: making experts available, conducting a
complete study with a commitment to results or even designing and
implementing a complete subassembly. Greater Montréal is also an access
point to the United States, which is attractive for market development
with the major U.S. players," said Philippe Robardey.
"Québec attracts a growing number of innovative companies that
contribute to the dynamism of our aerospace cluster. And these
companies are often French," affirmed Minister Marceau. "The new
arrivals can count on a range of extremely attractive competitive
advantages, starting with a qualified workforce from the best schools,
who support the many innovations proposed in this cutting-edge field.
The companies can also count on the support of the Québec government,"
"Investissement Québec, with its international visitors, has been able
to help us develop our project from its inception. We have received
unwavering support from Montréal International and Investissement
Québec, who actively set up meetings with potential clients, partners
and suppliers during our active prospecting phase. This assistance
helped us to get established and will continue to support us as we
develop our subsidiary," said Yves Sagot.
At the announcement, Minister Marceau emphasized that the "company plans
to recruit approximately 50 people in the next three years, primarily
in engineering. These are good jobs in a booming sector where Québec
continues to move forward."
In 2012, the Québec aerospace industry ranked sixth worldwide in sales, behind the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Germany
and Japan. With more than 42,000 jobs and sales in excess of $12
billion, the Greater Montréal aerospace sector combines a concentration
of prime contractors, first-rate equipment manufacturers and a network
of close to 200 SMEs. "Nearly 60% of Canadian aerospace production is
carried out in Greater Montréal. The industry's significant presence
has enabled the region to become one of the three major aerospace
centres worldwide, along with Seattle and Toulouse," explained Elie
Farah, Vice President, Investment Greater Montreal, Montréal
About Sogeclair (www.sogeclair.com)
Established in Toulouse, Sogeclair Group has a worldwide presence and
more than one thousand employees. The company ensures major studies and
co-development projects for major industrial accounts and develops
innovative simulation and virtual reality solutions. The group's
international activities today represent 40% of sales.
Its aerospace division is a major player in this sector and represents
85% of Sogeclair Group's activities. Bringing together more than 900
professionals, its main clients include EADS subsidiaries, in
particular Airbus, Eurocopter, Aerolia, Premium Aerotec, and other
leading companies including CAE, Dassault, Safran, Thales and Spirit
Aerosystems. The company has operations in France, Germany, Spain, the
United Kingdom and Tunisia.
About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Created in 1996, Montréal International (MI) is the result of a
private-public partnership. Its mission is to contribute to the
economic development of Greater Montréal and enhance its international
status. Its mandates include attracting foreign direct investments,
international organizations and international strategic workers as well
as promoting the competitive and international environment of Greater
Montréal. Montréal International—a non-profit organization—is funded by
the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (Montréal Metropolitan Community) and the City of Montréal.
Since its creation, Montréal International has helped to attract $9.4
billion in foreign direct investments to Greater Montréal. From these
investments, more than 49,000 jobs have been created or maintained. To
date, MI's activities have also allowed almost half of some 60
international organizations to establish themselves in the city and
attract and retain more than 8,000 international strategic workers.
About Investissement Québec (www.investquebec.com)
Investissement Québec's mission is to foster the growth of investment in
Québec, thereby contributing to economic development and job creation
in every region. The Corporation offers businesses a full range of
financial solutions, including loans, loan guarantees, and equity
investments, to support them at all stages of their development. It is
also responsible for administering tax measures and prospecting for
SOURCE: Montréal International
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