Key Sectors

Germany and Canada both rank among the 5 leaders of the global aerospace industry. Bavaria in Germany and Quebec in Canada are their respective countries’ driving forces in that sector, which involves many specialized skills, technological know-how, scientific progress and economic growth.

In Bavaria

From multinational corporations to small yet highly-specialized subcontractors, the Bavarian aerospace/aeronautics expertise pool numbers 28,000 people, i.e., one third of the German working force in these areas, and generates an annual income of 7 billion euros. Each year, 200 aeronautics engineers graduate from Munich's Technical University (TU), University of Applied Sciences, and Army University. Graduate degree holders thus comprise about 60% of Bavaria’s entire workforce. Last but not least, Bavaria's aeronautical infrastructures, their density and quality (civil and military airports and aerodromes), as well as the highly developed rail transportation system, are world renowned.
Headquartered in Bavaria are multinational corporations such as EADS, EADS-Astrium, Eurocopter, MTU Aero Engines, MT Aerospace, Kayser-Threde, RUAG, IABG, Liebherr Aerospace, Diehl and Grob Aerospace.


In Quebec

Over 400 companies employ more than 40,200 people: in Canada, the province of Quebec – with a yearly income of CA$12 billion in the Greater Montreal Area alone – is a unique heavyweight in aeronautics. 240 companies in the Greater Montreal Area cover approximately 60% of the country's entire production; 70% of all aeronautics R&D expenditures are made in Quebec. The Montreal Area, along with Seattle and Toulouse, is one of the 3 global aeronautical hubs: one of the rare places in the world where virtually all the components for a new airplane can be found within a 30 kilometre radius. In addition, with privileged access to the United States via the NAFTA agreement, Quebec offers interesting prospects despite a relatively limited domestic market.
Among Quebec's big names in aeronautics and aerospace are no less than Bombardier, Bell Helicopter, CAE, Pratt & Whitney, Thales, Messier-Dowty, Esterline, L-3 Communications, Heroux Devtek, etc.

Cooperation between Bavaria's and Quebec's industry clusters

In Bavaria, the aerospace/aeronautics sector is combined with that of satellite navigation. The integrated development approach Bavaria has been implementing for several years through the bavAIRia cluster enables close links between SMEs, multinationals, research institutes, technical and higher education centres, engineering schools and professional associations.
In Quebec, the equivalent to bavAIRia is AéroMontréal, a focus group from the Metropolitan Montreal Aerospace Cluster. It's a public-private-partnership (PPP) grouping all decision-makers in the aerospace industry, its schools, research institutes, professional associations and trade unions. A cooperation agreement was signed on May 8, 2008 between bavAIRia and AéroMontréal, the Quebec Association for Aerospace (AQA), the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ), and the Sector Committee for Aerospace Workforce (CAMAQ).