Major support for Asian Aerospace meet

15th Jul 2006

The world’s leading aerospace company and major national aerospace industry associations are among a number of exhibitors who have now confirmed their participation at the Asian Aerospace International Expo & Congress 2007.Boeing Company, German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI), and the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) will all participate in the event.

The Romanian government has also confirmed its support for Asian Aerospace following its first appearance at an event outside Europe when it took part at Asian Aerospace 2006, a relationship that will continue as its expanding aerospace manufacturing industry eyes increased international opportunities.

Other companies which have already confirmed their continued support for Asian Aerospace by signing up for the event next year include AAXICO, Aviall, Alcoa, Argosy, AMECO Beijing, Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Co Ltd, Lufthansa Technik, and Heico Corporation, with other major exhibitors expected to finalise their space requirements for participation after meetings with the event organisers during the Farnborough week.

The next presentation of Reed Exhibitions’ flagship international aerospace industry event
will be held from September 3-6, 2007 at the brand new ultra-modern 70,000 square metre AsiaWorld-Expo complex, which is adjacent to and integrated with the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), and will have a dedicated business to business (B2B) focus covering the entire commercial aerospace sector for the strategic Asia Pacific region.

A high-level Congress will form the centrepiece of the event, bringing together major players from across aerospace and aviation to discuss the exciting opportunities the region’s fast-growing market will deliver. Organised in partnership with Flight International, the world’s longest established name in aviation media, the Congress will cover key issues ranging from the growing fleet and maintenance, through to investment in training and infrastructure.”


The organisers of the world’s premier aircraft interiors show, Aircraft Interiors Expo Asia, have already agreed to work with Reed Exhibitions in a joint initiative, by placing their event alongside Asian Aerospace in 2007.

Major support for Asian Aerospace has been pledged by an array of public and private sector organisations in Hong Kong, including the Civil Aviation Department, Invest Hong Kong, Airport Authority of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, the Aerospace Forum, and Cathay Pacific Airways, whose recent acquisition of Dragonair’s mainland service network, and closer equity and operational ties with Beijing-based flag carrier, Air China, heralds a new era of growth opportunities in this rapidly expanding airline market.

Robert Laird, Boeing’s Vice President Sales China, said: “We have naturally had a strong presence in the Asia Pacific region over many years, which has included regular attendance at Asian Aerospace. We are pleased to continue this partnership with Reed Exhibitions to present our product portfolio in a new exhibition environment; which will cater to the changing market created by dramatic growth in North Asia, which is outpacing the already impressive expansion of markets in the broad Asia Pacific region.”

Paul Everitt, SBAC Communication Director, said: “The UK aerospace industry has always had a very significant footprint in the Asia Pacific region and our presence at Asian Aerospace over a period of many years has been an essential element of our overall marketing efforts on behalf of UK aerospace companies. We are now in the process of advising SBAC members on the opportunities which will be available for them, to take advantage of the growing market developments in the region. We expect the UK aerospace sector to be very well represented at Asian Aerospace next year.”

Mrs Mirja Schueller, BLDI’s Head of Fairs & Exhibitions, said: “The German Aerospace Industries Association represents 154 member companies and the Asia Pacific region has always been a significant market for our industry. Our association with Asian Aerospace has proved to be a very productive platform for the association and individual member companies to both consolidate business relations and forge new ones in a very important market region. With major new opportunities presenting themselves throughout the Asia Pacific region, and particularly in North and West Asia we are pleased to continue our support for our national aerospace industry in its efforts to take advantage of the market potential.”

Clive Richardson, Senior Vice President Reed Exhibitions Aerospace & Defence Group, said: “We truly value the partnerships we have forged with Boeing, SBAC, BDLI and other customers through their long association with Asian Aerospace and are delighted to continue these partnerships, to take advantage of the significant market opportunities which are emerging.

“The potential of the Chinese market for more and newer commercial aircraft including business jets, as well as aerospace related products and services such as logistics and supply chain management services, airport equipment and facilities, ground services, inflight services and entertainment, aircraft interiors, aircraft maintenance/repair and overhaul (MRO), is remarkable. The sheer population size necessitates major procurement for the foreseeable future. Hong Kong is not only the perfect gateway to the Chinese market, it is a highly-connected aviation hub with direct access to other large emerging markets like India, Thailand and the Middle East.”

Kevin O’Toole, Flight’s Head of Strategy, said: “The Congress will bring together senior decision makers from the broad range of public and private sector organisations, who will shape the future direction of the aerospace industry, not only throughout the Asia Pacific region, but also globally. As well as presenting a professional forum for the industry, we also plan to make sure that delegates and speakers at the Congress will be able to meet and mingle in a series of informal sessions and social events, which are indispensable elements of the event to help forge the closer personal relationships which will pave the way for future progress.”

Mr Nicolas Borit, Chief Executive Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, said: “We are confident that the complementary resources of Reed Exhibitions’ global network and track record as the world’s largest exhibition organiser, and Hong Kong’s infrastructure and reputation as a major global business city, particularly the purpose built, contemporary world-class AsiaWorld-Expo exhibition venue, will be a powerful combination to ensure the future success of Asian Aerospace.”


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