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Leading French companies present their innovations

Hyderabad. France, as a partner country at India Aviation 2010, is being represented by leading French SMEs and large groups showcasing their expertise and their innovations in the field of aviation.

France ranks second in the world aerospace market in terms of exports and imports. The French Pavilion aims to bring under one roof leading French aerospace companies who aim at reinforcing their presence in the Indian aerospace market and strengthen strategic alliances with major Indian players in the aviation industry. The event provides an outstanding platform for aerospace companies to interact and generate enduring business partnerships.

A highlight of the event will be the opening of a new Training Centre by CFM, a 50:50 Snecma and GE joint venture that makes engines for all the Boeing 737s and some Airbus aircraft. CFM CEO, Mr Eric Bachelet, and a top engineer, Mr Paul Andre Chevrin, who is an old India hand, will be here for the inaugural on Mar 2.

The French pavilion will bring together 12 companies mainly small afor the nd medium enterprises and large groups like Altran and EADS who will be showcasing their latest innovative technologies and know how. These SMEs are mainly specialised in design, manufacture, training of products and solutions.

At present, French industrial conglomerates like Safran, EADS, Thales, Dassault etc have actively undertaken ambitious partnerships with the Indian aviation industry.

The Group Safran signed several major contracts concerning the helicopter Dhruv, to initiate co-development and co-production of Ardiden 1H (called “Shakti” India) engine helicopters and engine maintenance.

EADS India Pvt. Ltd. was created in 2006 for the development of industrial policy realting to Airbus engineering for civil aviation, and also for industrial partnerships with Indian companies public and private in the military offset policy. Recently, there have been 3 Memorandums-of-Understanding signed between India and France defining procedures of technical cooperation between the two entities and promoting the implementation of ICAO standards and recommended practices.

Since 2005, France has sold a significant number of Airbus and ATR aircrafts to Indian airline companies, about 73 airbus aircrafts have been delivered to India since the past 2 years and 2 others will be delivered during the show in Hyderabad. Indo-French two way trade can be evaluated at approximately USD 5.5 Bn in 2009.

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