The kickoff of the Montreal Aerospace Show was given on Tuesday with Morocco as a guest of honor at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Industry and the digital economy, Moulay Hafid Elalamy. The ceremony was also marked by the presence of Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Singh Bains, and a host of politicians, diplomats and professionals from the aerospace industry.
In an address on this occasion, Elalamy said he was honored to see the guest of honor at this international event, stressing the importance of promoting bilateral cooperation in this booming sector in Morocco.
“In a few years, Morocco has a relatively interesting platform. It now has 16,700 jobs and 140 companies that are both major contractors and equipment manufacturers,” said the minister. The sector, he said, is structured around several ecosystems including assembly, maintenance-repair & overhaul (MRO) and engineering activity to which are added two new ecosystems: composite materials and engines.
The Minister recalled, in this regard, the establishment of large builders, including the Canadian Bombardier, but also Boeing and Airbus through its subsidiary Stelia and its ecosystem, pointing out that since 2005, the Kingdom has become a “best” cost destination.
“In order to attract a certain number of companies and create ecosystems in Morocco, we have looked for principals who have established this platform of orders,” continued Elalamy.
“This creation of shared value should go well beyond the current threshold,” he said, noting that the goal is to promote the potential and bring Moroccan and Canadian companies together to win new business markets together.
During his visit to Canada, the Minister held talks with representatives of aviation contractors, such as Boeing and General Electric (GE), to develop partnerships in this area.
He met with the new President of Bombardier Aerostructures Engineering Services, Paul Sislian, Director of GE Aviation Canada, Bill Mateer, the former Premier of Quebec, in charge of the 2020-2025 aeronautical roadmap in Quebec, Jean Charest, Arnprior Aerospace CEO Tom Melvin, and Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon. Elalamy also met with members of the Association of Moroccan Aeronautical Skills of Canada (Aeromac).
Held April 16-18, International Aerospace Week is one of North America’s largest aerospace industry clusters. Its initiators expect this year more than 1,300 participants, a hundred international speakers and more than 1,400 B2B meetings.