Paris Air Show: Flemish export agency focuses on military activities of aerospace companies
Flanders intends to focus on aerospace companies working in the defence industry. Flemish minister president Jan Jambon and Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) CEO Joy Donné made the announcement at the International Aerospace Exhibition in Paris.
In the current context - with increasing geopolitical conflicts, international crime and cyber risks - FIT supports Flemish companies' military activities and emphasises the importance of the sector. This includes, for example, gathering insights and data, preparing market studies and organising group business trips and missions to trade fairs or specific markets.
"The sector has great social value in defence and security"
"To meet the challenges of defence while ensuring the resilience and competitiveness of the Flemish economy, we must proactively support the sector," said Jambon. "The growth potential is great for our companies, which play an important role in international high-tech supply chains. The sector also has great social value in defence and security".
FIT will offer companies the opportunity to showcase their products, services and technologies at global trade shows such as the Dubai Airshow in November 2023, the Singapore Airshow in February 2024 and the Farnborough International Airshow in July 2024.
Over the next few days, 83 Belgian companies will take part in the 54th Salon International de l'aéronautique et de l'espace de Paris-Le Bourget. The interregional Belgian Aerospace Pavilion will be the largest ever at the event.
#FlandersNewsService | A model of a Future Combat Air System, an aircraft developed by France, Germany and Spain, is displayed at the 54th International Paris Airshow at Le Bourget Airport near Paris © REUTERS/BENOIT TESSIER