Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable
Last week, the EDC hosted Consul General Patrick Binns from
the Canadian Consulate in Boston, economic development aerospace specialists
from the Consulate, the Quebec office in Boston and United States Commercial
Service offices in Montreal and Boston, as well as executives from six local
aerospace manufacturers. As Consul General Binns noted during his remarks,
US-Canada trade is the most significant in the world and aerospace is a prime
component of that. Closer to home, Canada is by far Massachusetts’ biggest
trading partner with aerospace again playing a prominent role.
Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority
for the EDC this year. Enhancing Western Mass – Canada trade is a significant
tactic in our initiative. US – Canada trade tends to be north-south. Canada’s
aerospace firms predominate in Quebec, so our region is well positioned to pick
up future business opportunities. Canada’s firms are primarily involved in the
commercial side of the aerospace business, which is forecast to experience
explosive growth over the next several years. These factors are driving
Canadian firms to look to New England to enhance and tighten their supply
chains and the EDC is currently working with three Canadian aerospace companies
to identify local manufacturers.
One tactic that we discussed during the Roundtable is to
establish a regional presence at the Aero Montreal Innovation Forum in December
-- which includes a matchmaking component. Please contact Mike Graney at the
or 413-755-1300, if you want to attend or to find out more information about
the Forum or more broadly about our aerospace industry initiative.