Business New Brunswick

Business delegation to attend defence, aerospace trade show in Halifax (09/09/08)

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Sept 8, 2009

HALIFAX (CNB) - A delegation of 12 New Brunswick companies and organizations, led by Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, will travel to Halifax this week to attend a defence and aerospace trade show. The delegation hopes to forge contacts and secure sales with some of the world's most prominent aerospace and defence companies.

The Canadian Defence Security and Aerospace Exhibition Atlantic, or DEFSEC, showcases Atlantic Canadian business expertise to multinational companies and to the Canadian government. The annual event is being held this year from Wednesday, Sept. 9, to Friday, Sept. 11, at the Cunard Centre on the Halifax waterfront.

"This is a real opportunity for New Brunswick aerospace and defence companies to demonstrate their world-class expertise," said Boudreau. "There is vast potential for local companies to explore export opportunities and create significant partnerships with major prime contractors. Our government has identified this dynamic industry as a priority because it can provide strategic growth to support our self-sufficiency agenda."

This year's show, the largest to date, will feature 95 trade and exhibitor booths. Participants will have the chance to connect with hundreds of industry representatives, including aerospace and defence giants Boeing, Lockheed Martin, CAE, Bombardier and Daimler.

"Trade shows such as DEFSEC provide an opportunity for New Brunswick companies to display their capabilities and capacity to major equipment manufacturers from North America and around the globe," said Lou Cuppens, president of the New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association. "In the past, we have seen some major contracts realized to New Brunswick companies and institutions, and we are excited to bring this business back to our province."

The association will host a pre-trade show reception on Wednesday, Sept. 9, to provide local companies the chance to meet industry professionals.

Boudreau said the provincial government understands the enormous potential in the aerospace and defence industry. Business New Brunswick is working with companies to expand their roles in the global supply chain.

Government support for the aerospace and defence industry has led to significant contracts for New Brunswickers. Number One Machining Ltd., in Dieppe, received funding to undergo the process to achieve its AS9100 certification This helped the company secure a contract with Boeing earlier this year.

Moncton's CE3 Custom Electronics Integrators recently secured a $2 million deal with Airbus Corp. to supply ceiling-lighting wire harnesses and printed-circuit boards. CE3 Custom Electronics Integrators was aided in part by a $550,000 loan guarantee from the province.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: A list of the New Brunswick companies and organizations participating in DEFSEC 2009 follows. MEDIA CONTACTS: Ashley Bursey, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694, ashley.bursey@gnb.ca; Lou Cuppens, lt.-gen. (retired), president, New Brunswick Aerospace and Defence Association, 506-832-0529, lcuppens@jaycon.ca.

Following is a list of the New Brunswick companies and organizations participating in DEFSEC 2009:

CANLink Aviation Inc. - Moncton Flight College
Bourque Industrial Ltd.
University of New Brunswick
Innovatia Inc.
Fredericton International Airport Authority Inc.
One 4 Haul Trans4mers Ltd.
Economic Development Corp. of the City of Dieppe
Malley Industries Inc.
Number One Machining Ltd.
CE3 Custom Electronics Integrators
DEW Engineering and Development ULC
Pulselearning Ltd.

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