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  • Gifas news

  • Tanguy Collet joins the SEAFAN office in Malaysia (October 2019)

    Tanguy Collet, who is part of the Group's European and International Affairs Department, succeeds Simon Graber and takes over the work initiated as part of the SEAFAN (South East Asia French Aerospace Network) in Malaysia. Created in 2015, SEAFAN currently has 115 members based in Asia or France. This network supports French companies wishing to expand in Southeast Asia.

    T. Collet graduated as an engineer from Télécom SudParis and specialized in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management at the Institut Mines-Telecom Business School (IMTBS). He then spent four years with a French startup, Skylights, which develops a virtual reality system for airlines, as operations manager and then deputy director of operations in Asia.

    SEAFAN - tanguy.collet@gifas.fr - https://www.seafan-aerospace.com/

    French industrial mission to Western Canada (October 2019)



    This mission took place from September 30 to October 3, 2019, at the initiative of NAFAN (North American French Aerospace Network) and the GIFAS Canada Committee.


    The GIFAS delegation was led by Sylvain Boisvert, Chairman of the GIFAS Canada Committee and SAFRAN Canada General Delegate.

    The manufacturers met with the main players in the aeronautics industry based in British Columbia and Alberta, BtoB meetings, company visits and seminars.

    Created by GIFAS and Business France in 2012, NAFAN is a network that brings together mainly French aeronautical companies operating in the United States and Canada (more than 180 members and 70 affiliated members).

    GIFAS -  NAFAN - julie.dalboussiere@gifas.fr


    At an event organized by AIAC - Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, the French delegation met Jean Charest,
    former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, former Prime Minister of Quebec.



    Visit to Cascade Aerospace (Vancouver)



    France - Alberta Delegation

    Malaysian students from the University of Malaya, winners of the Aviatar 2019 hackathon, are in France (September 2019)


    After a first step at GIFAS, the students will meet at Airbus, Daher, Safran, Semia and Thales.

    Aviatar 2019 was co-organized among others by AirAsia and GIFAS.

    The winning project convinced the jury because it was considered the best solution to the aviation challenge in the future (cabin control and cleaning).

    Thanks to image recognition, the BringFly robot can identify and verify that lifejackets are properly stored, perform cabin suction and general cleaning tasks and report problems to the crew. Its advantage: to reduce the impact on the airline's punctuality (OTP).

    For more information: click on the image

    GIFAS - European and International Affairs - simon.graber@gifas.fr

    French manufacturers out in force for the Aero India show 2019 (February 2019)


    The French Pavilion coordinated by GIFAS will showcase 36 companies at this international show to be held in Bangalore from 20 to 24 February 2019.

    The exhibitors on the French Pavilion will be: ABC - Aérocampus Aquitaine - Aerometals & Alloys - Air Liquide - ASB Group - Aubert & Duval - Axon’Cable - Cimulec - Daher - Dassault Aviation - Dassault Systèmes - Draka Fileca - First Schwitchtech - Gaches Chimie - Hexcel - Interface Concept - Lauak - LGM - Mach Aéro - Novae Aerospace - NSE - Paris Saint-Denis Aéro - Pinette Emidecau Industries (PEI) - Precicast - Rafale International - Rafaut - Recaero - Roxel - Safran - Saft - Satys - Secan - Sonovision Aetos - Sopra Steria – Thales - Weare Group.

    If we add the French companies taking their own stands: Airbus - Liebherr Aerospace - MBDA - Nicomatic India Electronics - Staubli Faverges - Zodiac Data Systems, and those exhibiting under the Indian flag (Alkan / Nucon Aerospace Pvt Ltd - Alten - Assystem - Bolloré Logistics - Lisi Aerospace / Ankit - Radiall – Titeflex), France will have the strongest foreign showing by numbers of exhibiting companies, with 49 companies led by Eric Trappier, Chairman of GIFAS, Chairman & CEO of Dassault-Aviation. All sectors will be represented – civil and military aerospace, defence and space.

    Press Release: cp_uk_french_manufacturers_out_in_force_for_the_aero_india_show_2019__18.02.19.pdf

    GIFAS booklet (PDF - 2 Mo): french_aerospace_industry_aeroindia19_copy1.pdf


    Press Officer:
    Christophe ROBIN, Communications Director
    Tel : +33 (0)1 44 43 17 50 - christophe.robin@gifas.fr

    Annual report 2017/2018 (october 2018)

    French Aerospace, Defence and Security Industry.

    Presented at the Gifas Annual Meeting held on 5 july 2018.

    100 pages: Chairman's Message, main aggregates concerning Gifas members (aerospace revenues, consolidated revenues, orders, exports, aerospace trade balance, the space sector, workforce & recruitment).


    Annual report 2016/2017 (English section page 82):


    - Press contact: Christophe Robin – Communications Director – christophe.robin@gifas.fr

    Meseberg Declaration - GIFAS welcomes the prospects for Franco-German cooperation in the field of space (June 2018)

    At the end of the Council of French and German ministers held in Meseberg (Germany) on 19 June 2018, the German Chancellor and the President of the French Republic drew attention to the importance of a rapidly-evolving space sector. They reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate in this area, which is one of excellence for the two countries. By common accord, GIFAS (the French aerospace industries association) together with its German partner and counterpart BDLI (the German aerospace industries association), welcome this declaration and the prospects that were both announced and confirmed on this occasion.

    Space, a high technology sector, vector of scientific progress and carrier of essential applications for our societies and our institutions, particularly military, in the fields of communication, Internet access, weather forecasting, navigation, knowledge of climate change, monitoring of the Earth and space environment or the discovery of the Universe, is also a powerful factor of European integration.

    Germany and France will continue to support and contribute to the key achievements of the Galileo and EGNOS navigation programs and the Copernicus Earth observation satellites program for the European Union, as well as to the main programs of the European Space Agency.


                                                                               Ariane 6 with four boosters

    Independent access to space is acknowledged to be a key factor for Europe’s future political, economic and technological sovereignty. Our French and German space industries are particularly devoted to achieving this objective. The French-German discussions on 19 June reaffirmed full support for the development of the Ariane 6 new-generation launcher, in cooperation with the European Space Agency. As the German and French governments clearly stated, the demand of the European Union Member States must be consolidated, and government contract deals amalgamated to maximise the use of European launchers. The issue is vital. It will put our industry on an equal footing with those of our competitors whose domestic markets are out of reach to European businesses and enable it to fend off increasing competition.

    Press Release (PDF - 223 ko):

    Gifas - Press contact: Christophe Robin – Communications Director – christophe.robin@gifas.fr

    Death of Mr Serge Dassault (May 2018)


                                                                                              © Serge Dulud

    It is with great sadness and emotion that GIFAS (the French aerospace industries association) and the entire aviation sector learnt of the death of Serge Dassault, an Honorary Chairman of GIFAS and one of the greatest captains of industry that France has ever known.

    His death comes as a huge loss for the whole of the French aerospace sector.

    Serge Dassault, a member of the GIFAS Board since 1968, served as GIFAS Chairman from 1993 to 1997 when he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation, and from 1997 was one of its Honorary Chairmen.

    Serge Dassault also served as the General Commissioner of the Paris Air Show, Paris-Le Bourget, from 1974 to 1993.

    As an Honorary Chairman of GIFAS, he continued to play a regular and active part in the life of the industry through the GIFAS Board until very recently.

    GIFAS, its Board of Administrators, all the companies in the sector and their staff extend their deepest sympathy to his family and friends and offer their heartfelt condolences.

    “Naturally, I am personally very saddened by the death of Serge Dassault, who made a huge contribution to French aviation. Along with all the GIFAS Board members, I will remember him as a chairman who was both approachable and human, anxious to safeguard the sector’s interests and also an industrialist whose whole life was devoted to building the excellence of French aviation.” declared Eric Trappier, Chairman of GIFAS and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Aviation.

    Press release: serge_dassault_pr_copy1.pdf

    ILA Berlin: Eric Trappier, Chairman of GIFAS, will lead a 40-strong delegation of French companies (April 2018)


    Eric Trappier, Chairman of GIFAS and Chairman & CEO of Dassault Aviation, will lead a 40-strong delegation of French companies made of aerospace, defence and space industrials, the greatest French participation of all times at ILA.

    Responding with enthusiasm to the invitation of BDLI, the sister German association of GIFAS, France is the Partner Country for the ILA Berlin airshow in 2018, scheduled to take place 25-29 April 2018. This partnership proves the excellent relationship between two of the world’s top aerospace nations with a strong track record in terms of cooperation. 

    They are showcasing their know-how at the French pavilion or taking their own stands. The firms include prime contractors, midcaps and SMEs.


    “The French aerospace industry is proud to work alongside with its reliable, long-term partner, the German aerospace industry. History of cooperation between France and Germany is very strong, with real successes. During ILA Berlin, the industries and leaders of our two nations will have the greatest opportunity to prepare the future of the European aerospace. This will be implemented with the strongest confidence in our common ability to cooperate, and shared wish to reaffirm the commitment of our industries in both aerospace, defence and space areas for future projects that are priorities for Europe.” stated the Chairman of GIFAS, Eric Trappier.


    Gifas - Press contact: Christophe Robin – Communications Director – christophe.robin@gifas.fr

    India: Great success for the GIFAS mission to strengthen French-Indian aerospace cooperation and support the "Make in India" policy (April 2018)

    GIFAS has head 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.

    Eric Trappier, the Chairman of GIFAS and Chairman of CIDEF (Council of French Defence Industries), has led this mission. The delegation has made stops in New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad, where more than 390 business-to-business meetings have been co-organised with SIDM (Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers) and CII (Confederation of Indian Industry). This took place on the occasion of two seminar dedicated to the "Indo-French Defence & Aerospace Cooperation".

    Seminar dedicated to the "Indo-French Defence & Aerospace Cooperation"

    From left to right: Pierre Bourlot, GIFAS managing director - Eric Trappier, Chairman of GIFAS -
    Subash Bhamre, Minister of State for Defence - Jayant D Patil, Vice-president of SIDM -
    Subrata Saha, Director General of SIDM

    A MoU between GIFAS and SIDM has been signed to promote partnerships and cooperation.


    MoU. From left to right:
    Pierre Bourlot - GIFAS managing director - and Subrata Saha - Director General of SIDM -

    Eric Trappier stated: "This GIFAS visit is a real success. Cooperation in the areas of aeronautics and space will be strengthened by all 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 - Press contact: Christophe Robin – Communications Director – christophe.robin@gifas.fr

    Industrial mission of Gifas in India: Signature of MoU with SIDM of India (April 2018)



    The Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) and the Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS) signed a memorandum of understanding on the sidelines of a major industrial mission in India in the field of aerospace and defence organised by GIFAS with the support of SIDM from the 16th to 19th April 2018.

    This agreement aims to promote a sustainable framework for present and future partnerships and cooperative actions between the French aerospace industry and the Indian defence industry by reaffirming the necessity to expand trade, through stronger economic and industrial cooperation, between France and India, and towards export customers.

    This MoU will allow the implementation of measures to promote a mutually beneficial cooperation in aerospace and defence manufacturing, research & technology, human capital, engineering services, systems integration.

    The cooperation will focus on 5 axes of common interest that are:

    • The development of business opportunities between members of GIFAS and SIDM.
    • Training and human capital development.
    • Research and technology.
    • Aerospace Industry Policy and Business Environment.
    • International Trade Issues.



    Pierre Bourlot, GIFAS managing director, and Subrata Saha, SIDM director general signed the MoU.

    Press release: press_release__industrial_mission_of_india_copy3.pdf

    Eric Trappier, the Chairman of GIFAS and Chairman of CIDEF (Council of French Defence Industries), has enlisted 60 French aerospace industrial companies for this outward mission to further French-Indian cooperation efforts.

    Gifas - Press contact: Christophe Robin – Communications Director – christophe.robin@gifas.fr

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