Exceptional potential for innovation
When it comes to aerospace, Québec means innovation.
- Québec has about 20 public and private research centres that work closely with private companies and play a key role in driving innovation for products and services.
- Major R&D investors such as Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier Aerospace and CAE are located in Montréal.
- Nearly 70% of all Canadian aerospace R&D is carried out in the Greater Montréal area, representing an investment of approximately $700 million a year.
Bell 505 Helicopter to Be Built in Québec
Bell Helicopter will be assembling its new five-passenger commercial helicopter, the Bell 505, at its Mirabel plant right here in Québec Bell Helicopter will also conduct the flight tests, certification and final assembly of its next commercial model in Mirabel, and will move the manufacturing of certain composite parts, an operation that is currently outsourced, back to its Mirabel plant.
New Québec Strategy to Promote Aerospace
The Québec government has launched its new strategy to promote the province’s aerospace industry to foreign investors. This initiative is expected to bring in private investment of more than $825 million over the next five years. Investissement Québec will support business ventures through a variety of funds and programs.
Sonaca Modernizes Its Mirabel Plant
Sonaca Montréal , a subsidiary of Belgian company Sonaca, will invest more than $22 million to acquire new equipment and upgrade its plant in Mirabel, Québec. This major investment will enable it to expand its product line and procure the latest machining and manufacturing technologies.
Québec-Built Landing Gear for Boeing 777s
Boeing recently received the first landing gear sets manufactured by Héroux-Devtek . The Québec manufacturer will produce about a hundred sets a year until 2024 for 777s, signalling its entry into the 100-plus-seat commercial aircraft market and integrator market.
Mecaer Expands in Québec
Mecaer America will invest $40.4 million in its Laval facilities to design and manufacture new landing gear for airplanes and helicopters. The project could potentially lead to the establishment in Québec of a global centre for landing gear for Italy-based Mecaer Aviation Group, Mecaer America’s parent company.
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If you’d like to learn more about the issues facing Québec’s aerospace industry, a number of industry stakeholders and associations provide information and opportunities for dialogue.
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)
This consortium was formed by a number of aerospace companies wishing to undertake joint R&D projects. CRIAQ 's mission is to harness the power of innovation and pool competencies and capabilities in order to find solutions to the aerospace industry's concerns. It's a wonderful example of the spirit of cooperation and mutual support that characterizes the industry!
SA2GE, A PIONEERING PROJECT TO DEVELOP A GREENER AIRCRAFT
The SA2GE project (french website), which first took flight five years ago, aims to reduce the negative impact of aircraft on the environment. For this project, six large companies joined forces and pooled their expertise with that of 21 SMBs.
Its five sub-projects focus on designing new composite fuselage structures, more efficient engines, next-generation landing gear, and integrated avionics for both cockpit applications and critical systems. It’s an eloquent example of how technological innovation and environmental awareness can go hand in hand!