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The AED Cluster Portugal (AEDCP) and the CEC / CCIC – Conselho Empresarial do Centro will fly to Montreal, Que., to participate in Aeromart Montreal 2019, Canada’s largest global aerospace business convention. The Portuguese delegation, accompanied by the Canadian Embassy in Portugal, includes five entities, namely: AEDCP and CEC; Almadesign; Ponte de Sôr Town Hall; and INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory), which will be on Canadian soil from April 15 to 18. This presence is carried out within the framework of the KNOWNOW4AEROSPACE project.
Aeromart Montreal offers excellent networking opportunities for the Portuguese aeronautics and space industry, bringing together the largest manufacturers and international suppliers in the sector. It is considered the largest aeronautical event in Canada, counting in 2019 with 1,300 participating companies, more than 100 international speakers, and more than 1,400 scheduled meetings (B2B).
In addition to participating in Aeromart, the Portuguese delegation will also visit Canadian research and technological development centres, as well as local companies. These activities are promoted by the Cluster, which aims to cement the unique relationship that Portugal and Canada have in the aerospace sector–AEDCP is the only cluster in the world with Protocols of Collaboration with the two largest Canadian clusters (Ontario and Montreal), with the national agencies of R&D+I in the sector (CARIC/CRIAQ/GARDN) and the governmental entity for research and technological innovation in the sector (NRC).
Rui Santos, general director of AEDCP, said: “The presence of AEDCP in Montreal is to consolidate relations between companies and entities of the Portuguese and Canadian scientific system of the aerospace and defence sectors, in order to strengthen the recognition of Portuguese industry in the international arena.
“We also seek the transfer of knowledge, presenting one of the most important initiatives for the Portuguese aeronautics and aerospace sectors, the KN4Aerospace project, where our purpose is clear: to mark the presence and the efforts that have been made by our highly qualified human resources to increase the competitiveness, accountability and visibility of the Portuguese aerospace sector, while presenting international actors with the most interesting national innovations.”
The national agenda for the event:
April 15: Seminar on defence and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
The UAV seminar will be constituted by several conferences and workshops, on the subject of defence with unmanned aerial vehicles. It also provides for a series of meetings between participants.
April 16: Global supply chain summit
For the second day, several conferences are planned with the aim of alerting companies to the need to reinvent themselves, with a view to introducing artificial intelligence in the supply chain of aerospace products and services, showing what will have to be implemented today, so that companies can meet future needs.
April 17 to 18: Aeromart Montreal
On the third and fourth day, the delegation will be present at Aeromart Montreal, aiming at promoting commercial relations with manufacturers and other service providers present at the fair. Meetings and visits are also scheduled between the Portuguese delegation and CRIAQ, NRC and the University of Concordia.