GIFAS in India to strengthen French-Indian aerospace cooperation
Great Success for the GIFAS Mission to Strengthen French-Indian Aerospace Cooperation and Support the Make in India Policy
New Delhi, 19 April 2018
GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association, a driving force behind French-Indian cooperation, had a major industrial mission to India from 16 to 19 April 2018.
This mission has been an exceptional opportunity for the Indian and French aerospace industries to meet and explore common fields of win-win cooperation, and all its objectives have been achieved.
Drawing on the very constructive State visit to India of French President Emmanuel Macron in March 2018, this mission hence has supported the commitment of French industries to the “Make in India” policy, in the fields of aerospace, defence and space.
Eric Trappier, the Chairman of GIFAS and Chairman of CIDEF (Council of French Defence Industries), had led this mission. In New Delhi and Bangalore, he met with several ministers and officials such as Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Defence, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Civil Aviation, Dr. Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, or Mr. RV. Deshpande, Minister of Industry and Commerce of the State of Karnataka.
The delegation made stops in New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad, where more than 390 business-to-business meetings were co-organised with SIDM (Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers) and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). They brought together the sectors’ companies from both countries. This took place on the occasion of two seminars dedicated to the “Indo-French Defence & Aerospace Cooperation”. A MoU between GIFAS and SIDM (Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers) was signed to promote partnerships and cooperation.
60 French aerospace industrial companies participated. The major aviation and space players representing both civilian and defence business interests were present – Airbus, Ariane Group, Dassault Aviation, MBDA, Safran and Thales – not to mention 54 subcontractors, suppliers, SMEs and equipment manufacturers.
The Chairman of GIFAS, Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, stated: “This GIFAS visit is a real success. Cooperation in the areas of aeronautics and space will be strengthened by all the meetings and interactions we got this week and the measures now to implement. We are glad to contribute to the “Make in India” policy and strengthen the strategic partnership between India and France”.
GIFAS (Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales), the French Aerospace Industries Association, is an industry body formed in 1908, that brings together some 400 companies ranging from the main prime contractors and system suppliers to SMEs that together form a cohesive, supportive and hard-driving high- technology sector specializing in the design, development, construction, marketing and maintenance of all aeronautical and space programmes and equipment, both civilian and military, as well as defence and security systems – planes, helicopters, drones, motors, devices and missiles, satellites and space launchers, major systems and equipment, defence and security systems.
GIFAS represents an industry whose 2017 sales turnover was € 64 bn, and that exports 85% of its output, directly employs 190 000 individuals and annually invests more than 12% of its sales turnover in R&D.