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Paris Air Show Spotlights Michigan’s Aviation, Aerospace Suppliers

Chamber Promotes Detroit’s Global Competitiveness to International Aerospace, Aviation Industry at Paris Air Show

Building on Southeast Michigan’s message of opportunity, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Business Attraction team recently attended the 51st International Paris Air Show in France — a key global event for the aviation and aerospace industry that draws exhibitors, delegations and trade visitors from around the world. During the weeklong show, the Chamber teamed up with InnoState and The Right Place to expose global companies to Michigan’s first-rate supply chain with the goal of getting these firms to locate in the Detroit region.

“Nearly three years ago, the Chamber decided to pursue this sector and this trip represented an opportunity to meet with companies we’ve already been working with to reiterate that we’re ready to assist with aviation/aerospace expansion and relocation projects,” said Monique Claiborne, business development representative for the Chamber.

Claiborne said Business Attraction held 46 individual meetings in three days with companies, many of which already have an established presence in Michigan or the United States but were interested in learning how to plug into Michigan’s supplier pipeline or learning about expansion opportunities and workforce development assistance.

For example, Claiborne met with the global headquarters of a company based in Macomb County that has the potential to expand once it fills its talent pipeline. Subsequently, she is working with the company on introductions to Sterling Heights-based INTEC Automated Controls to identify CNC machine operators.

“It’s about making connections and helping put these companies in touch with workforce development organizations in Southeast Michigan that they have not been able to tap into,” she said. “because ultimately, the more productive they are, they can increase their business and potentially expand their business into more space and operations.”

Other inquiries focused on the current infrastructure in place in Michigan to support aerospace and aviation technology innovation and how the state fits into a potential company’s overall competitive strategy.

“Right now a lot of aerospace companies are moving toward vertical integration, where they get everything they need from one supplier as opposed to going to multiple suppliers. So we have to show that we have companies and assets here that can be that one stop shop,” Claiborne said.

Claiborne said Business Attraction is currently following up with six companies who have expressed interest in doing more business in Michigan, and InnoState has had inquiries from nine companies.

Click here to view photos from the Paris Air Show