When it comes to Canada’s aerospace industry, Québec is top of mind! Aerospace in Québec is a major driving force for the national economy and is known for its innovation, vitality and global competitiveness. The statistics speak for themselves:
The Austrian manufacturer of high-class interiors for business and private jets F. List Canada will open a new state-of-the-art production facility in Greater Montréal by the end of 2017. This investment of more than $20 million is expected to create 100 jobs by the year 2020.
The Interconnection Systems division of French company Latécoère, the world’s second-leading producer of onboard wiring for the aerospace industry, has set up shop in the Montréal suburb of Laval. The Canadian subsidiary, which combines operations in business, quality, storage and design-build engineering, will become the group’s North American centre of excellence.
Multinational GE Aviation announced, in February 2017, a $238 million investment to modernize its aircraft engine part production plant, located in Bromont, Québec. GE intends to increase staff and build expertise in automating its aircraft engine repair and manufacturing processes.
The French group Zodiac Aerospace is investing $21.3 million in its Montréal facilities, where it has been in operation since 2011. This investment will be used to acquire production and automation equipment, primarily for the manufacturing of business aircraft cabin structures.
Vartan Product Support, a subsidiary of German cabin interior specialist Vartan Aviation Group, is ramping up operations at its Mirabel facility. The company will use this site as a springboard for further growth, particularly to land new contracts with major aircraft manufacturers, air carriers, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul specialists, and parts manufacturers.
The strength of Québec’s aerospace industry, which generated sales of $14.4 billion in 2016, can be attributed to a solid, dynamic industry cluster built around a stable core of internationally renowned businesses. This translates into an unparalleled capacity for production and research.
One of the factors that set Québec apart is that it has four major prime contractors operating in key sectors: aircraft and helicopter manufacturing, engine design as well as flight simulators and pilot training. Prominent technical centres and world-class equipment manufacturers are also located here. This mix of complementary players underscores the vigorous, vibrant nature of Québec's aerospace industry.
The industry is supported by an extensive network of airport, highway, railway and marine infrastructures that enable aerospace companies to serve the North American and international markets effectively. Québec has: