Singapore Air Show regains its No.3 world position Report by Tom Chalmers and Mark Mansfield
IN ADDITION to a number of first time exhibitors and country pavilions, both the aerospace industries of France and the United States broke individual records for the number of companies from their respective countries which attended this year’s Singapore Air Show held recently, thus cementing the show’s position as the leading exhibition of its kind in south-east Asia and the third largest in the world after Paris and Farnborough.
The French aerospace industry association, Gifas, hosted almost 60 French companies presenting their know-how in the French Pavilion. Never before have so many companies participated in the French Pavilion at an air show outside France. The exhibitors included prime contractors, equipment manufacturers, SMEs and maintenance specialists.
“The Singapore Air Show is the leading aviation event in South-East Asia. This year, France is a feature country, an accolade which few countries are eligible for. I am particularly proud to help boost the influence of French industry by bringing a delegation of more than sixty small, medium and intermediate-sized enterprises,” stated Marwan Lahoud, chairman of GIFAS.
Two members of the Korean Air Force’s Black Eagle aerobatic team flying KAI-T50 aircraft, perform a breathtaking cross-over to wow the crowds....
The fact that the French aerospace industry was so well represented is evidence of the strong ties between Singapore and France. Gifas members have their sights set on longterm cooperation with partners in Singapore.
More than 2 000 employees work for subsidiaries of French aerospace companies in the country. Singapore has established itself as the leading aerospace maintenance and repair centre in Asia and a key industrial hub. The French aerospace industry is a key partner, and both countries have innovation as their primary motivation.
In addition to a wide-ranging selection of aerospace and defence companies, major manufacturers such as the Airbus Group, ATR, CFM, MBDA and Thales also exhibited on their own stands.
The United States’ pavilion, with the largest international presence at the show, showcased its commitment to aerospace and defence partnerships, and investment in South-east Asia.
More than 140 exhibitors, occupying nearly 30% of show’s total 40 000 square metres of indoor exhibition space, were dedicated to US equipment, products and services. The US presence at Singapore, featuring industry leading companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, was organised by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., in coordination with numerous US government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce and Defence, and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
“When US companies commit to exhibit at the Singapore Air Show, they’re saying they believe in the power of this event to attract real business prospects and customers. The steady growth and diversification of the show speaks for itself,” said Kallman Worldwide President and CEO, Tom Kallman.
The Singapore Air Show was the first major industry event held in the region since the signing last October of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade, investment and regulatory agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries, including the United States.
The Singapore Air Show biennial event is also a platform for high-level conferences dedicated to leading players in the global aviation industry with the Singapore Air Show Aviation Leadership Summit (see report on Page 54) as well as co-located events such as the A*STAR Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum and the Singapore Aerospace Technology and Engineering Conference............................ For the FULL ARTICLE please subscribe to our digital edition.