High flying French and Shannon aviation companies avail of unique business networking opportunity at Shannon Airport
Shannon Group today welcomed 13 aerospace and aviation companies from France as they met with members of the Shannon International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) cluster at a special networking event hosted at Shannon Airport.
IASC who joined the elite European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) in 2018, along with fellow EACP member, Aerospace Valley Toulouse, collaborated with the French Embassy and Business France Ireland, to organise the prestigious business networking event.
IASC was accepted as a member of EACP last year and became the first Irish member to achieve this status. The membership acknowledges Shannon IASC as not only the largest aerospace cluster in Ireland but a cluster of pan-European significance. The recognition elevated the international status of the Shannon cluster and created the opportunity for Shannon’s aviation cluster firms to co-operate on a European level to identify new projects and development opportunities.
Speaking at the opening of today’s networking event, John Drysdale, Business Development Manager of Shannon Group’s International Aviation Services Centre said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for our IASC cluster members to present to, and network with, top French aviation companies and explore business opportunities. The basis of the event was to create partnership and collaboration opportunities across the EACP network and to showcase Shannon’s growing aerospace cluster which now has over 80 companies employing over 3,000.”
The programme included presentations from IASC and also two IASC aviation cluster companies GECAS and Emerald Aero cluster company, Takumi Precision Engineering. The event concluded with delegates being taken on a site visit to view Shannon Group’s €60 million property investments at Shannon Free Zone and also Shannon Airport where a new aircraft hangar is currently under construction.
About Shannon Group and Shannon IASC
- Shannon Group was established in 2014 and is the commercial semi-state company responsible for developing Shannon Airport, Shannon Free Zone, the Shannon International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) aviation cluster, and an extensive portfolio of commercial property and of heritage tourism attractions
- Shannon IASC is Ireland’s largest aviation and aerospace cluster, with over 80 companies employing over 2600 staff. The cluster is growing rapidly as international aerospace firms recognise the benefits of locating in Shannon, and as indigenous firms expand their operations
About the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP):
- The European Aerospace Cluster Partnership was initiated in 2009 and ever since, successfully underlines the benefit of international cooperation despite all competition.
- In 2013, EACP was recognised by the European Commission as one of 13 “European Strategic Cluster Partnerships“ (ESCP). With this award, the Commission acknowledges EACP’s efforts to improve global competitiveness by supporting pan-European collaboration and implementing joint strategies needed to enter new markets outside of Europe.