Shipbuilding: 9 French companies in Vancouver

Nine French companies with specific know-how in the shipbuilding industry discovered the specificity of the Canadian market during a 3-day mission across the country, from Montreal to Vancouver, via Halifax.

In collaboration with the GICAN (French Marine Industry Group), the Pôle Mer (Marine science and technology clusters located in Brittany and Provence), and the CACIMA, the French delegation with met the main Canadians playors involved in the program of the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS). This major program objective is to renew the fleet of the Canadian Royal Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard (military and civilian fleet).

This key investment of 35 billion dollars over the next 30 years is the largest bid launched in the Canadian history. Thus, this program represents many business opportunities for French companies.

During the mission, Ubifrance organized seminars with top level speakers from different organisations, including the Canadian Ministry of Industry (issues related to industrial and regional benefits).

French groups already involved in the shipbuilding industry in Canada (Safran, Thalès, Dassault Systems, CS and STX) and major North American groups, such as L-3 Mapps, General Dynamics or DRS Technologies. Shipyards in Halifax and Vancouver, which will drive the construction of the vessels, have also present their projects and agenda. Finally, a visit of Zodiac Hurricane in Delta was also included in the program.

This mission, a first-time event in Canada, whose objective was to encourage French companies to position themselves on majors projects, was a success: Canadian speakers and shipyards were very interested in the French know-how, and the exchanges were constructive. Thus, the members of the delegation were able to understand the market in order to position themself in the short, medium and long term on this major program. This mission doesn’t stop at this point, and individual support will be suggest by Ubifrance to participants and other companies who couldn’t attend.

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A visit of Zodiac Hurricane in Delta was also included in the program.

Dernière modification : 11/12/2012

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