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Aero Montreal calls for MACH award nominations

June 18, 2013, Le Bourget, Fra. - With Nicolas Marceau, Minister of Finance & the Economy, in attendance, Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, today called for the MACH Initiative's third cohort nominations. This initiative aims to maximize the performance of the Québec aerospace supply chain and increase its competitiveness internationally.

June 18, 2013  By Carey Fredericks

"Since its launch in 2011, the MACH Initiative has demonstrated that it can effectively meet the need for Québec suppliers to enhance their competitiveness," said Sylvain Bédard, Chairman of Aéro Montréal's Supply Chain Development Working Group and Chief Executive Officer of Avianor. "The companies in this rigorous program have already optimized their operations, enhancing the overall fluidity and performance of Quebec's aerospace supply chain."

"The MACH Initiative, the result of the Supply Chain Development Working Group's efforts, stems from joint discussions between members of the cluster and, consequently, aims to be a unifying process that accelerates the transformation of our supply chain and supports the long-term growth of the sector," said Suzanne M. Benoît, President of Aéro Montréal.

"The Government of Quebec is proud to support this initiative, which offers innovative solutions to the challenges facing the aerospace supply chain and, in turn, helps place Québec and Québec-based companies in the same league as today's global leaders," claimed Nicolas Marceau, Québec Minister of Finance and the Economy.

The third MACH cohort, which begins operations in September 2013, will consist of 11 new suppliers selected from the upcoming round of nominations. This will bring the number of companies participating in the initiative to 40. The nomination period runs from June 18 to August 16.


MACH Initiative

The MACH Initiative's goal is to strengthen companies and the structure of the aerospace supply chain by leveraging the special collaborative bonds between customers and suppliers to develop a base of Tier 1 suppliers who can actively participate in future local and global aerospace programs. It ultimately aims to develop a world-class supply chain.

Based on a program designed to enhance the competitiveness of suppliers, including a performance label, the MACH Initiative provides a framework for excellence that enables suppliers to position themselves, identify improvement opportunities and act upon them. The program aims to develop a base of more productive SME subcontractors with distinctive skills that are better aligned with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, and who champion the best business practices and new innovative production technologies.

Today, the MACH Initiative has, in its ranks, 29 suppliers sponsored by 17 contractors, including Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, CAE Inc., Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Héroux-Devtek, L-3 Communications MAS, Sonaca Montreal, Mecachrome, ASCO and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty.


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