Aerospace innovation Forum 2013 - Companies in the first cohort of the mach initiative enhance their performance

MONTREAL, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, last night awarded MACH performance labels to suppliers in the first cohort following the completion of their first cycle in the Initiative. The ceremony took place at the opening cocktail of the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2013 in the presence of Jean-Luc Trahan, President of the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail, and Sharon Trainor, Director, Supply Chain, at Bombardier Aerospace.

"The MACH Initiative has already demonstrated that it is responding effectively to the need to improve the competitiveness of suppliers," says Suzanne Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal. "The tools and services it makes available as well as the support provided to suppliers by their sponsor has enabled all the SMEs in the first cohort to improve their performance relative to their first audit. Many of them have progressed to a higher level of maturity as reflected by their new performance labels."

The suppliers and their new performance label:

MACH 4         MACH 2
  • Groupe Meloche
  • RTI Claro
  • Electro-Kut
  • Les Industries Trident
  • NSE-Automatech
  • Précision S.F. Tech
  • Techfab

MACH 3         MACH 1
  • Abipa Canada
  • Aviation Lemex (Groupe Atlas Aéronautik)
  • Composites VCI
  • DCM aéronautique (Groupe DCM)
  • Delastek
  • Hutchinson Aéronautique
  • Mesotec
  • Produits intégrés Avior
  • SIDO (Groupe Atlas Aéronautik)
  • Techniprodec
  • Société d'Outillage M.R. (SOMR)

Based on a mentoring relationship between customers and suppliers, the MACH Initiative helps to stimulate collaboration and innovation within the supply chain in order to improve the performance and competitiveness of suppliers. Companies in the first cohort have already begun their second cycle with a new customized development and improvement program to enhance their proficiency in the 15 business processes of the MACH Framework of Excellence. This is achieved with the support of their respective mentors.

"Since the early days of the MACH Initiative, major Québec OEMs have seen a positive impact on the efficiency of their supply chain," explains Sylvain Bédard, President of Aéro Montréal's Supply Chain working group and CEO of Sonaca Montréal. "Suppliers involved in the MACH Framework of Excellence have achieved an increasing number of improvements, and simultaneously. This is generating performance gains at all levels of the value chain and ultimately increasing the competitiveness of Québec's industry."

About MACH Initiative funding

The MACH Initiative is funded by the Québec Ministry of Finance and the Economy, Alouette inc., the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail, Canada Economic Development, the Montréal Metropolitan Community, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy.

About Aéro Montréal -

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 unions.

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.

About Bombardier

Bombardier Aerospace has been the mentor of the MACH Initiative since its inception in 2010. It actively participated in the definition and the implementation of the initiative and contributes to improve it on a continuous basis. It is also sponsoring three companies from the first cohort.

Bombardier is the world's only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.


SOURCE: Aéro Montréal

For further information:

Amélie Hudon
Director, Communications and Strategy
Aéro Montréal
Cell: 514 262-8417

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