Thirty-four French aviation, space, defence and security manufacturing companies will take part in a mission to Japan from 20–22 November 2016 to boost French-Japanese cooperation.
The development of business ties in the field of aerospace spans several decades and has resulted in long-lasting strategic and industrial partnerships, so far primarily in the civilian area.
With the signing of the bilateral defence pact on the co-development of defence equipment, cooperation and exchanges between France and Japan in March 2015, new opportunities have opened up for manufacturers on both sides.
The French Directorate General for Civil Aviation, the Government Defence procurement agency (DGA) and their Japanese counterparts, METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and ATLA (Acquisition Technology & Logistics Agency) have given their full backing to this outward mission to forge closer ties. It is the joint initiative of GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales) and its Japanese opposite number, SJAC (Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies).
Accordingly, 34 GIFAS member companies will travel to Nagoya and Tokyo from 20–22 November 2016 that will bring together the sector specialists of both countries.
The major aerospace, defence and security groups – Airbus, MBDA, Safran and Thales – will be out in force in addition to 27 subcontractors, suppliers, SMEs and original equipment manufacturers.
The mission leader, Mr Marwan Lahoud, Chairman of GIFAS and Executive Vice President - International, Strategy and Public Affairs of the Airbus Group, will be accompanied by five GIFAS Board members. By creating this opportunity to meet and enter into discussions with Japan’s industrialists they aim to strengthen the strategic French-Japanese partnership, by emphasizing the French manufacturers’ resolve to cooperate with their Japanese counterparts over the long term.
The main purpose of these encounters, apart from promoting the French aerospace and defence industry and the quality of equipment produced by its members, is to capitalise on France’s prowess in the civilian and defence sectors, and foster new industrial partnerships.