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Economy Secretary Ken Skates will join key industry figures at the Paris Airshow today and help to promote  Wales’ aerospace sector to the world.

First published:
19 June 2017
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

The Paris Airshow, which is held every other year in the French capital, is one of the world’s largest events of its kind. This year it expects to attract record numbers of exhibiters and  more than 250,000 trade visitors. 

The Economy Secretary will join the six Wales based companies exhibiting on the Welsh Government stand who are looking to maximise business opportunities and secure new orders.

They include Wrexham based engineering company Tritech Group who last year secured around £10m worth of new business at the Farnborough International Airshow. 

Speaking ahead of the event, Ken Skates said: 

“I am very excited to attend this year’s Paris  Airshow and join our Aerospace team and the excellent Wales based companies on our stand. Tritech, Faun Trackway, Spectrum Technologies, Denis Ferranti, Haydale and LMg Solutions will be  working hard throughout the event to make new contacts and  secure new business. 

“The aerospace industry is already a priority sector for Wales. We are a centre of excellence for aerospace manufacturing and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) related activities and  play home to over 160 companies who are  active in the sector. 

“Indeed some of the biggest names in aerospace and defence, including GE Aviation and Airbus  are  located in Wales and collectively the sector employs in excess of 20,000 people.”

“Wales is punching above its weight but we want to keep building on our success, and  the  presence of  the Welsh Government and  Wales based companies  at high profile events like the Paris Airshow is  crucial in helping us to generate new business and trade opportunities, and stimulate growth in the sector . I wish all six  exhibiting companies every success at this year’s show.”