Australian aerospace capabilities in the spotlight at Avalon 2017

05 Apr 2017

Australia showcased its significant aerospace and aviation capabilities to the world at the Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition 2017 (Avalon 2017), held at Avalon Airport in Victoria from 28 February to 5 March.

Austrade led six inbound delegations from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore and Vietnam, and arranged close to 100 meetings on behalf of 30 international delegates. Discussions are underway to follow up a number of opportunities.

High levels of economic growth and technological development have resulted in growing demand for aviation and aerospace services, products and technology, across the spectrum from general aviation to airlines, air forces and space.

The event presented a unique opportunity to showcase Australian products, technologies and services to an informed target audience, and to demonstrate a presence in this vibrant region.

Delegates were particularly interested in Australia’s research and development (R&D) capabilities due to its use of advanced processes, materials, design and technology, through to its capabilities across training and education, parts engineering, manufacturing and maintenance services.

India’s 15-member delegation met Australian companies with expertise in aerospace manufacturing, maintenance, R&D, and education and training that could support the expansion of India’s domestic aerospace sector and its rise as a source of aerospace components.

With Poland ranked eighth globally for aviation manufacturing, Austrade organised a business matching program for senior executives from Polish aerospace companies, the head of the aerospace industry cluster and local government representatives looking for collaboration opportunities in Australia.

Austrade also made presentations on how it could assist multinational corporations to access top-tier Australian suppliers, and to identify opportunities in global value chains (GVCs).

Grame Barty, Austrade’s Executive Director of International Operations, officially launched Austrade’s new Aviation Education and Training industry capability report at the event. The report showcases Australia’s capabilities in aviation education and training, a sector where opportunities are particularly strong for Australian organisations.

The Australian aerospace and defence industry comprises approximately 1,000 firms employing 14,000 people, with an annual turnover of almost $4 billion. Of this, 45 per cent is exported to supply chains in Europe, the US, China and ASEAN.

Australia has a long history of participating in GVCs at every stage of the product life cycle. Australian firms manufacture and supply key materials, parts and components for commercial and military aircraft, and are R&D partners with major aerospace companies. Boeing has an almost 30-year relationship with CSIRO and its R&D facility in Australia is the largest outside of the US.

A record crowd of more than 210,600 people attended Avalon 2017 over six days. With more than $24 billion worth of potential business opportunities on offer, the expo attracted 664 participating exhibitor companies from Australia and 25 overseas countries. All of the world’s leading aerospace organisations, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rolls Royce, Thales, and more were also in attendance.

Contact Austrade to find out more about opportunities in the aviation and aerospace industry.