When it comes to Canada’s aerospace industry, Québec is top of mind! Aerospace in Québec is a major driving force for the province's economy and is known for its innovation, vitality and global competitiveness. The statistics speak for themselves:
Austrian manufacturer F. List Canada inaugurated its new Québec facilities in May 2018 in Laval, where it will hire about 100 people by 2020. This is the company’s first plant outside Thomasberg, Austria, where its head office is located. F. List Canada will invest more than $20 million in its new plant, which will produce wood veneers for business and private jets and provide finishing and assembly services for interior components.
CAE has signed an agreement to acquire Bombardier’s Training division at a cost of US $645 million. Thus, the world leader in civil aviation training will increase its capacity to meet the needs of customers operating Bombardier business jets, one of the largest fleets of business aircraft in service in the world.
In February 2017, multinational GE Aviation announced 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 International Air Transport Association (IATA) is expanding its Montréal headquarters. IATA has announced that it is enlarging its Financial and Distribution Services division and will hire some 30 people, increasing its workforce to over 400. According to Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, Montréal is one of the world’s great civil aviation hubs and a place where IATA can conduct its global business operations cost-competitively.
The strength of Québec’s aerospace industry, which generated sales of $14.4 billion in 2017, 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, 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:
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