Aerospace opportunities in Switzerland

An Expert's View about Private Aviation, Helicopters in Switzerland

Posted on: 1 Sep 2010

Latest overview of market potential for the aerospace sector in Switzerland.

Sector briefing Aerospace Opportunities in Switzerland Why Switzerland? Despite the small size of the country, the Swiss aerospace industry comprises an astonishing number of 500 companies, accounting ? as latest figures suggest - for 160,000 full time jobs and in one form or another it adds value of roughly six percent of national GDP. There are two internationally renowned players in the aircraft manufacturing business (RUAG, Pilatus), both having strong ties to UK suppliers. Pilatus recently announced the sale of 25 PC-21 turboprop aircraft to the UAE Air Force & Air Defense, worth over US$ 500 million, thus accelerating growth in the Swiss ?Despite the small size of the aviation industry. country, the Swiss aerospace Switzerland continues to be a prime location industry comprises an for Business Aviation as well as for world- astonishing number of 500 leading Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul companies? Organisations (MRO). Find general information on the Swiss market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Switzerland gives an overview of Switzerland?s economy, business culture, potential opportunities and an introduction to other relevant issue. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in Switzerland Key methods of doing business Opportunities Business is rarely done through agents but via Aircraft Manufacturing direct procurement. Switzerland?s sole aircraft maker, Pilatus A further key method for UK firms to enter the Aircraft Ltd, develops and produces high- Swiss market is through Swiss public performance single-engine turboprops: PC-12, procurement. Tenders are commonly PC-21, PC-7MkII and PC-9 Turbo military publicised in the Swiss Official Gazette of trainer aircraft. Commerce. Detailed information is on Publication in official EU Government-owned RUAG is active in the Aerospace & Technology and Defense & publications is not required of Swiss based Security sector. With the purchase of Oerlikon firms, but Switzerland is committed to the WTO Space, it is consolidating its global position in agreement, which many procurement the space industry. processes adhere to. In addition, Switzerland has approximately 25 Even though Switzerland is not a member manufacturers involved in the development, state, the European Union is by far the production and assembly of structural most important trading partner of components, systems integration and services Switzerland. However, while Switzerland for aircraft, helicopter and systems integration. shares close contractual ties with the EU, the country has its own established standards and These companies are receptive to the idea of regulations, which are not necessarily, but broadening their supplier list and interested in more often than not, valid within the European new products, mainly in the area of Community. composites, components, fasteners and fixings, hydraulic systems, raw material, sheet metal Switzerland encompasses three main works and tooling. languages (German, French, Italian) and even though English is widely spoken it is important Parts and components used in equipment, to have any documentation available in at least maintenance and overhaul of aircraft including one of the official national languages. avionics, aircraft flight instruments and communication instruments offer a broad In general, quality and technical criteria range of opportunities and potential for are more important than price in bid strategic alliances. decisions. If you wish to establish a long-term relationship with Swiss customers you should Business Aviation be prepared to satisfy the demands and Business Aviation is an important and growing requirements, provide evidence of flexibility sector in Switzerland, evident in the increasing and a high level of service, and express presence of specialised firms and the number commitment to the market. It is essential that rd of registered jets (3 place in Europe). products are supplied on schedule and in accordance with the contracted details. These developments suggest an increasing Ongoing communication and feedback between demand in MRO services, interior supplier and customer is another important refurbishment or avionics. aspect. Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul MRO If you have any questions on the opportunities above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this A key business field in Switzerland?s aviation report. Business opportunities aimed industry: Some 100 companies are licensed to specifically at UK companies are added daily to carry out repair work for airlines and private UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our aviation, including the world?s largest staff overseas in British Embassies, High independent MRO companies SR Technics Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors (airlines) and Jet Aviation (private aviation) and in over 100 markets. Opportunities in this field include a broad range You can be alerted to business opportunities on of products such as repair works, avionics a regular basis by registering on the UKTI retrofit, interior refurbishment or licensed website. Find out more on UKTI?s business personnel. opportunities service on the UKTI website UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in Switzerland SIAA Swiss International Airport Major events and activities Association Swiss organisation to promote and safeguard Events in Switzerland and neighbouring the interests of Switzerland?s airports. countries, and in the UK: URL: EBACE European Business Aviation Convention Aerosuisse & Exhibition, Geneva Umbrella organisation of Swiss civil aerospace, URL: representing over 100 companies from the Time: 17-19 May 2011 aerospace sector. URL: International Paris Air Show Le Bourget International bi-annual exhibition in the Swiss Aeronautical Industries Group aeronautics and space industry Aerospace division of Swissmem (the Swiss URL: mechanical, electrical and engineering Time: 20-23 June 2011 industries). URL: interairport Munich URL: Board of Airline Representatives in Time: 11?14 October 2011 Switzerland BAR The Board of Airline Representatives in Switzerland (B.A.R.) is the partnership of Aviation magazines: airlines who operate scheduled traffic from/to Switzerland or who are represented by a sales Airlines International office in Switzerland. Airlines International is the IATA flagship URL: magazine designed to inform airline management, industry associates and government officials. URL: Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. Interavia New export events are added daily to the site Interavia covers the Business and Technology and you can register to be alerted to them on a of the world aerospace industries, with a daily, weekly or monthly basis distinctly European editorial viewpoint. URL: UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Aero Revue Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend Switzerland?s largest aviation magazine, with a trade shows overseas. Find out more about Swiss point of view. UKTI support for attendance at overseas URL: events SkyNews A recently launched magazine covering different aspects of Switzerland?s aerospace industry. URL: Cockpit Covers civil and military aspects of Switzerland?s aerospace industry. URL: Airport specific magazines of Zurich, Geneva, Basle, Berne and St. Gallen-Altenrhein are available on request. Associations: UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in Switzerland UKTI contacts Peter Mueller-McDougall Trade & Investment Attaché British Embassy Switzerland Tel: +41 (0)31 359 7728 Email: Regula Hofer Senior Project Manager Trade & Investment British Embassy Switzerland Tel: +41 (0) 31 359 7742 Email: UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in Switzerland Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Swiss market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Chinese market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Switzerland 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 Chinese 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 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Aerospace opportunities in Switzerland
Posted: 01 September 2010