Aéro Montréal signs agreement with SAFE Cluster

Aéro Montréal, the Quebec aerospace cluster, has signed a collaboration agreement with SAFE Cluster, the competitiveness cluster in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region for security and aerospace players, during the Paris International Air and Space Show in Le Bourget.

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This agreement aims to reiterate the agreement signed with the Pégase cluster at the Farnborough Airshow in July 2012. SAFE Cluster is the competitiveness cluster resulting from the merger of the Pégase and Risks clusters. It focuses on aeronautics, industrial and natural risk management, and the use of aeronautical methods and techniques for security solutions.

“Developing agreements with other aerospace industry clusters is very important to contribute to the development of our companies,” said Suzanne M. Benoît, president of Aéro Montréal. “This signature comes at a time of considerable international competition. It clearly demonstrates Quebec’s strong positioning in the global aerospace industry and the reputation of our cluster.

“The supply chains that make up the Aéro Montréal cluster and SAFE Cluster are complementary and composed of mature and well-established companies. It is therefore quite natural that our two organizations are coming closer together. We also encourage our Quebec SMEs to be involved in the defence and security sector, which brings together a strong concentration of players within the SAFE cluster.”

“One of the priorities of SAFE Cluster is to encourage its member companies to become players in international competitions,” said Michel Fiat, president, SAFE Cluster. “It is therefore vital to establish links with a recognized organization such as Aéro Montréal, to develop opportunities, build on synergies, create valuable introductions, and reduce the time needed to adapt to and access markets. This partnership is therefore welcome because it is full of promising opportunities.”

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The agreement includes joint participation in events organized by the two clusters, facilitating B2B meetings between companies in the two regions, and developing collaborative initiatives based on research and development. The objective is to enable SMEs in both regions to expand their markets and facilitate their business development.

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