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Singapore 2018: French suppliers target Asia

Around 20 small and medium-sized French suppliers are exhibiting at the Singapore Airshow under the umbrella of GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association.

Brittany-based Orolia is making its first appearance at the Singapore Airshow, where it is unveiling its next-generation emergency locator transmitter (ELT). In a region still haunted by the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, professional visitors are sure to be interested in this system for automatically tracking commercial aircraft in all phases of flight. The company is officially kicking off its marketing campaign at the show.

The 2018 edition of the show will not be a first for Normandy-based Jacques Dubois. This year, the company is aiming to shift into higher gear on the Asian market, which for now only represents 5% of total sales. At the show, the company will be looking to identify local distributors for its products in the Internet of Things (IoT) — connected tools and data sensors — and electromagnetic compatibility sectors.

Aquarese, now part of the Shape Technologies group, is continuing to spread the word in Southeast Asia about its know-how in water jet cutting and other ultra-high pressure (UHP) manufacturing processes. The show is of particular interest as Singapore and neighbouring countries are carving out an increasing share of the civil engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. The company already works with Pratt & Whitney, Aeroedge and AIDC (Taiwan) and hopes to add engine-makers Rolls-Royce and General Electric, both of whom operate facilities in the region, to the list.

The MRO sector is clearly a target market for Socomore, a specialist in the preparation, protection, treatment and inspection of metallic and composite materials for aerospace applications. The company has set itself a target of growing the proportion of sales in Asia to 20%. Some of this will come from Japan but also from China, where the company is a partner in a new facility set to open in mid-2018 that will produce industrial chemicals for the Chinese aerospace market.

Cefival's objective at the Singapore Airshow is to expand its customer base. The company — a specialist in steel and titanium extruded profiles for aerostructures and aeroengines — already supplies parts for the CFM56, GE90 and GP7000. It will be looking to finalise discussions with Rolls-Royce, which assembles and tests Trent engines at its Seletar facility, and with Pratt & Whitney, which is producing fan blades and critical turbine rotating components in Singapore for the PurePower family of geared turbofan engines.

While Cefival is working on the creation of a subsidiary in Asia, Axon' Cable has already done so, less than one year after setting up a technical office in Singapore. In response to growing demand, the company — a  specialist in cabling, interconnect solutions, cable assemblies, connectors and mini systems for high-tech applications — has decided to use Singapore as a hub to serve markets in Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

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