Aéro Montréal and ASIS Saxony strike new pact
Dec. 5, 2011, Montreal - Aéro Montréal settled their intent on cooperation with ASIS Saxony, the aerospace cluster of Saxony, Germany, during the third edition of the Aerospace Innovation Forum 2011. It aims to establish a special relationship between the two parties, increase the collaboration in commercial opportunities and exchange benchmarking data.
Suzanne M. Benoît, CEO of Aéro Montréal, welcomed the initiative, saying it will provide significant benefits to Québec's aerospace industry. "The exchange of information on the needs of our members and the state of our local industries will greatly benefit the development of our respective regions" she said.
For Sam Hamad, Québec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, this is a real opportunity for the sector to benefit from the expertise of a foreign partner and to build bridges in Germany. "On the international stage, the Montréal area is considered one of the major global aerospace centres and this cooperation once more demonstrates our willingness to go further and forge alliances with foreign companies".
Also commenting on the agreement, Mr. Hamad's counterpart, Sven Morlok, State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport of Saxony : "We see good opportunities in cooperating with the partners in Montreal to integrate the excellent skills of Saxon companies and research institutes into significant value and supplier chain of the international aviation industry."
Michael Muth, Managing Director of ASIS Saxony, added: "Starting the more intensive collaboration with Aero Montreal we will find and support especially innovative projects between companies and institutes in both regions beneficially for involved partners".
In general, this cooperation involves the exchange of information on respective cluster initiatives as well as on offers or needs of cluster members. It also encompasses the exchange of information about possibilities in taking part in local and international projects and programs, as well as the reciprocal support for research projects undertaken by cluster members .
Aéro Montréal has established a collaboration network of clusters by signing similar agreements with Aerospace Valley, World Competitiveness Cluster Midi-Pyrénées & Aquitaine, Skywin, aerospace cluster of Wallonia, BavAIRia, the aerospace cluster of Bavaria, "Hamburg—The place for aviation" aerospace cluster of Greater Hamburg, Poland's Aviation Valley Association, the North West Aerospace Alliance in the UK and the Aerospace and Defense Research Collaboratory in Arizona.