The 25 aeronautics companies, research and knowledge institutions from Flanders exhibiting this year are the largest delegation ever to represent the region at this show.
With 80 Belgian exhibitors over an area of 1,200m², Belgian Aerospace collectively is one of the 10 largest national group stands. The exhibiting companies offer a wide spectrum of products and services ranging from structural components, composites and wing parts to software applications, avionics, pilot training, aerospace technology and 3D printing.
Aviation is an international growth market relying heavily on high tech. The industry offers huge commercial, technological and industrial possibilities, also to companies from Flanders. For them, Le Bourget is a biennial must-attend event. A striking feature of the 2017 edition is the large number of newcomers, some of which are taking their first steps in the aerospace sector at the Paris show. Driven by their distinctive innovative approach and novel manufacturing processes, they are contributing to the transition to Industry 4.0, one of the objectives of the Vision 2050 strategy of the government of Flanders. This also ties in with “Vlaanderen versnelt!” (‘Flanders accelerates!’), the new internationalization strategy in which Flanders Investment & Trade is promoting solution driven engineering and technology as one of our region’s main strengths.
The aviation and aerospace industry is an important growth sector in Flanders, accounting for an annual turnover of EUR 1.1 billion in 2016 and approximately 3,700 direct jobs. Flanders Investment & Trade works closely with the Flemish Aerospace Group, FLAG, which unites aviation and aerospace players from Flanders. FLAG was recognized as a cluster organization on 1 April 2017, and has doubled its membership to 63 in the past 3 years. FLAG harbors the ambition to double annual turnover in the sector and increase (direct) employment by 50% by 2030.