Aerospace Opportunities

An Expert's View about Aerospace in France

Last updated: 16 May 2011

The French aerospace industry has an annual turnover of around 36 million euros which is roughly the same as the British aerospace sector.

Sector briefing Aerospace Opportunities i n France Why France? The French aerospace industry has an annual turnover of around 36 million euros which is roughly the same as the British aerospace sector. Around 70% of this turnover is in the civil sector and 30% in defence. Prime Contractors accounted for 53% of revenue, equipment manufacturers 29%, and engine manufacturers 18%. The order-books have been slower to fill over the last few years, but there is still a backlog big enough to keep the industry going at present production levels for the next five years. All the sub-sectors, from airframes, ?The prime contractors engines, equipment to avionics, are present in Airbus, Dassault, ATR, the market. Eurocopter and Snecma are all Find general information on France market moving management of conditions on UKTI's website. The Doing procurement down their Business Guide for France gives an overview of the French economy, business culture, supply-chains and this also potential opportunities and an introduction to means new opportunities? other relevant issues. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in France Opportunities Other manufacturers General Airbus is hugely important to the French aerospace industry, but it is not the whole The economic crisis is still making things story. Dassault Aviation manufacture not difficult for the industry, and the increasing only military aircraft but also their range of value of the euro is once again eroding Falcon Business Jets and they are increasingly competitiveness. The supply-chain is under involved with UAVs. They have a turnover of pressure to be ever more competitive and to over 4 billion euros. ATR is a Franco-Italian JV source outside the euro-zone. This represents based in Toulouse producing increasingly an opportunity for British suppliers who can popular Regional Turboprops. Eurocopter in demonstrate that they can provide high Marseilles is now the world?s biggest producer quality, keen pricing and reliability. of civil and military helicopters with 527 deliveries last year. SAFRAN is the holding The prime contractors Airbus, Dassault, ATR, company for Snecma, Turbomeca, Messier Eurocopter and Snecma are all moving Dowty, Aircelle and many others. EADS is the management of procurement down their Franco-German holding company for Airbus, supply-chains and this also means new Eurocopter, MBDA, and Astrium. opportunities. Suppliers who used to sell directly to the primes are now often having to R&D negotiate at least one tier below. Risk-sharing, however, has also trickled down the supply- 17% of the French industry turnover is chain from the prime contractors and is reinvested in R & D. There is a big demand on becoming widespread. research facilities and this will increase over the next few years with a demand for quieter, Airbus cleaner and more fuel-efficient aircraft. The key areas of research will be in aerodynamics, The situation at Airbus is typical of the trend: advanced materials and propulsion systems, Airbus is now well engaged in a policy to limit cockpit avionics and flight management their activity as much as possible to designing systems. Air traffic management will also be a aircraft, assembling complete modules, and priority. selling to customers; detailed design, development and manufacturing are being delegated to the first tier suppliers. To Business Opportunities implement this change Airbus devised a restructuring programme called ?Power 8?. It If you have any questions on the opportunities had become clear that a deficit of integrated above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this organisation was limiting Airbus growth, report. Business opportunities aimed innovation, and competitiveness. It had also specifically at UK companies are added daily to been the fundamental reason for A340- UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our 500/600 maturity problems, the failure to staff overseas in British Embassies, High industrialise and ramp-up the A380 on time, Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors and for the A350 hesitations that put Airbus and in over 100 markets. behind the rival Boeing 787. Through the Power 8 programme, their business model is You can be alerted to business opportunities on changing to make sure they set up lighter and a regular basis by registering on the UKTI more cost-efficient processes, focus on core website. Find out more on UKTI?s business activities, and establish a network of long-term opportunities service on the UKTI website. partners. Airbus is finalising the industrial production of the A380 and currently developing the A350 XWB and the A320 ?Neo?. For these new aircraft and for the existing top-selling models in the A320 family and the long-range A330, Airbus and their supply-chain are keen to find the most competitive quality suppliers available. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in France Major events and activities UKTI contacts PARIS AIR SHOW - Le BOURGET Alastair Roberts Trade & Investment Manager British Consulate Bordeaux Contact: Neil Semple Tel: (00 33) 557 222119 Email: Email: Time: 20 ? 26 June 2011 AEROSOLUTIONS Catherine Cestari British Consulate Bordeaux Time: 7- 8 December 2011 Tel: (00 33) 557 222114 B 2 B event held in Bordeaux on alternate Email: years to Aeromart (see below). AEROMART Time: 4 ? 6 December 2012 International Business Convention for Aerospace Industries held in Toulouse Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in France Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the French market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the French market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in France, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in global markets. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the French market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © You may reuse this information (not including logos, images and case studies) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence. To view this licence, visit licence/ or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU, or email: This publication is also available from our website at or for more information please telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in France
Posted: 14 May 2011, last updated 16 May 2011

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