Sunday, 21 June 2015

Minister Sherlock leads Enterprise Ireland delegation to International Paris Air Show



The Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock, TD, is today (Wednesday) leading an Enterprise Ireland delegation to the 51st International Paris Air Show.

There are over 250 companies active in the aviation and aerospace sector in Ireland, contributing approximately €4.1 billion to GDP and supporting 54,000 jobs in Ireland. 160 are Enterprise Ireland clients, accounting for 18,000 jobs. This event will showcase Ireland’s capabilities as a base for high quality aviation and aerospace related companies and to promote Ireland’s brand as a strong player in this sector.

Minister Sherlock will also attend the first Embassy Bloomsday event in Paris where James Joyce spent 20 years and where Ulysses was first published in 1922. The event, which forms part of a week-long series of events at the Embassy celebrating Irish creativity, will include a performance of Molly Says No presented by poet Michael O’Loughlin, soprano Judith Mok and pianist Jeff Cohen.

Speaking in advance of the trade mission, Minister Sherlock said:

“This visit demonstrates the support of Government for Irish enterprises seeking to grow their international sales and enhance their presence in the French market. It takes place in the context of a broader Enterprise Ireland strategy for international engagement in the aviation and aerospace area. Three weeks ago I was the guest of honour at the third annual Aviation and Aerospace Networking Dinner at our Embassy in London and subsequently accompanied a number of Enterprise Ireland client companies on a day-long series of engagements with leading aviation and aerospace companies based in the English Midlands.”

“Ireland has a long tradition in aviation and aerospace and this week’s Air Show will support Irish companies’ understanding of where opportunities exist in global supply chains and will foster important relationships going forward.”

Marina Donohoe, Enterprise Ireland Director UK & Northern Europe described Enterprise Ireland’s return to the Paris Airshow after several years as a ‘turning point’ for the Irish aerospace and aviation supply sector.

“Enterprise Ireland is hosting a stand at the Paris Airshow to enable 7 client companies – EireComposites Teo, KCMG Composites R&D Centre, Schivo Group, Takumi Precision Engineering, Mann Engineering, DPF Engineering and Dawnlough Precision Engineering – to pitch directly to potential aerospace and aviation buyers at the world’s premier airshow. The presence of Minister Sherlock at the Enterprise Ireland exhibit will enhance our efforts to initiate new relationships between influencers and decision-makers, along with senior-level contacts in the French aviation and aerospace industry for the benefit of our clients”said Ms. Donohoe.

The Paris Air Show brings together the most significant players in the global aerospace industry to showcase the latest innovations. The presence of Enterprise Ireland and its client companies will highlight the increasingly significant business relationships between Irish companies and France’s leading aerospace and aviation sector.