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Showcasing Canadian aerospace excellence in Abbotsford: Leveraging innovation, knowledge
|By PR Newswire
|August 5, 2014 02:38 PM EDT
Asia Pacific is key market, West Coast companies perfectly placed for
opportunity, says Fast
ABBOTSFORD, BC, Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Located in B.C.'s Fraser Valley,
just seconds from the Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) and minutes from the Canada-U.S. border at Huntington-Sumas, Tradex in Abbotsford is the venue for the 2014 Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE), and Abbotsford the base for the Aerospace Industry Association
of Canada's (AIAC) Pacific division.
In addition to being right next to an international border and airport,
Abbotsford is close to the Fraser River and Pacific Ocean, which means
easy access to the Pacific Northwest and facilities such as Boeing's
final assembly and integration production lines in Seattle, as well as
the important Asia Pacific aerospace marketplace.
"I am very pleased that AIAC Pacific will be hosting the 2014 Aerospace,
Defence & Security Expo in Abbotsford during Airshow Week," commented
the Hon. Ed Fast, MP for Abbotsford and Minister of International
Trade. "As one of the world's leaders in aerospace, Canada is perfectly
placed to leverage its innovation and knowledge advantage to drive
economic growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians. I look forward
to joining the hundreds of participants in showcasing Canadian
excellence in this sector."
Almost half of the world's air-traffic growth will be connected to or
within the Asia Pacific region in the next 20 years. At the same time
global airplane sales, for both fleet growth and replacement of aging
aircraft, will total 35,000 units for a value of more than $4.8
"Asia Pacific is a key market for Canada's aerospace industry. Companies
located on the west coast are perfectly situated to take advantage of
this opportunity, which is made even greater by the B.C. government's
recent funding contribution," said Jim Quick, president and CEO of
The AIAC Pacific team is also developing a strategic, dynamic web
presence to bring the province's aerospace voices and interests
together and showcase B.C. industry success stories.
For more information, contact Grant Smith, Director - Aerospace, Defence and Security Expo (ADSE) at (250) 516-5475 or [email protected]
Visit www.ADSE.ca or follow ADSE on Twitter for interesting tidbits and ahead-of-the-curve information:
@ADSExpo2014 / hashtag #ADSE.
AIAC is the national association representing Canada's aerospace
manufacturing and services sector. As the world's fifth-largest
aerospace industry, Canada's aerospace sector contributes nearly $28B
to the economy in GDP, exports 80% of its output, and dedicates over
20% of its activity to research and development (R&D). Aerospace is
responsible for the employment of 172,000 Canadians. AIAC represents
the interests of over 700 aerospace companies across Canada.
About AIAC Pacific
In December 2013, AIAC announced the creation of AIAC Pacific with a
mandate to promote and develop aerospace business in British Columbia
by acting as an advocate and facilitator for its members with industry
and government. AIAC Pacific speaks with one cohesive voice for the
industry; it provides access for BC companies to national and
international programs; and aims to develop a strong relationship with
the provincial government. AIAC Pacific has a unique relationship with
AIAC in that it is the only provincial entity managed by the AIAC.
Through this relationship, AIAC Pacific is able to leverage
participation in national and international programs designed to
enhance business development, investment and global competitiveness.
About ADSE 2014
The 2014 Aerospace, Defence & Security Expo (ADSE), Canada's only expo connected to a major airshow (Abbotsford International Airshow), brings key federal and provincial cabinet ministers, government
officials, commercial and military aerospace industry experts, and
defence- and security-industry leaders together for learning and
networking opportunities August 7 and 8 at Tradex in Abbotsford.
The BC aerospace sector is a successful, high value, high technology engineering, manufacturing
and service industry. The opportunity for Canadian and international
aerospace industry partners to come together to capitalize on assets
and capabilities has never been more timely. The current Aerospace
Review implementation process has government and industry engaging
together like never before to grow the aerospace sector.
Ensuring that business, industry and government are all working together
to create opportunities and access to the key technologies required for
the aerospace products in the future is critical if we are to grow,
create new jobs, and generate increased wealth in our economy.
Supporting high value industry and identifying future opportunities in
the long-term is critical to economic growth in the Canadian defence sector. ADSE 2014 provides the international defence community, including
senior government officials, military delegations and other industry
visitors and exhibitors, access to information about new defence
procurement opportunities and Canada's Key Industrial Capabilities, as
well as valuable industry exposure and the chance to network with
industry, government and complementary service providers.
The security sector in Canada embraces a wide range of activities relating to the local, provincial
and federal governments' delivery of crime prevention and
investigation, protection of people, property and assets, and law
enforcement in general.
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