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Aero Montreal joins forces with Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance

July 10, 2012, Farnborough, U.K. - Aéro Montréal, Québec's aerospace cluster, and the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA), the Northwest source for aerospace services and information, signed a framework agreement on cooperation during the Farnborough International Airshow.


July 10, 2012
By Carey Fredericks

Suzanne Benoît, president of Aéro Montréal, welcomed the initiative saying it will create strong opportunities for the Québec's aerospace industry as Montréal and Seattle are two of the three world aerospace capitals. "We share similar objectives for our respective members and strongly believe in the potential of sharing best practices and mutual challenges, mainly in the area of supply chain optimization," she said.

"The signing of this cooperation agreement demonstrates a proactive leadership of the Québec's aerospace industry," said Sam Hamad, Québec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade. "This is a renewed opportunity for the sector to benefit from the expertise of a strategic partner and build bridges between Quebec's and Washington State's companies."

Kevin Steck, Board Chair of the PNAA, added that "We are both committed to a collaborative approach and look forward to developing a close working relationship to the benefit of both our organizations."

"I applaud this important collaboration between PNAA and Aero Montreal for the great opportunity it represents to further strengthen the competitive position of our North American aerospace industry. Agreements like this create new growth potential and jobs for the 720 supply chain companies here in Washington state and their fellow sector members in Canada," said Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The collaboration agreement involves the exchange of information concerning the two clusters' respective programs and initiatives. It also involves the exchange of information about their respective members' needs, offers and capabilities, allowing for shared knowledge on how both clusters could better integrate, leverage each other's core competencies and therefore develop complementary value chains.