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Paris Air Show to Showcase Cutting-Edge Aerospace Innovations

The 53rd International Paris Airshow or Salons Internationaux de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (SIAE) happening from 17 to 23 June at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions will bring together all the major players in the global aerospace industry and showcase the latest innovations in the sector. Organised by the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS), the biennial show has been at the very heart of developments in the global aerospace market and has become the most important meeting place over the years. 
Open for both professional and the public visitors, the Show offers fantastic opportunity to discover all the latest developments in aircraft construction, assembly and sub-assemblies, equipment & machines, space and satellite technologies, air-launched weapons, and aircraft interiors, in addition to Airport equipment and services. 
On the back of steadily growing demand for air travel has resulted in the OEMs and their manufacturing supply chains face increasing aircraft production ramp-up demands for civil aircraft. On the other hand, countries across the world are developing home-grown aircraft programmes to strengthen their armed force’s capabilities, and cultivate skills and technologies in their own aerospace industries, driving demand for military application aircraft and other technologies. Besides these, other advances, such as drone or UAV aircraft are also expected to make a big impact at the event.
A Century of Aerospace Innovation
With a history that can be traced back to 1908; since 1953 the show has been held at Le Bourget airport, just a few miles from central Paris. With over 2,300 exhibitors participating, the show is a platform to discover all the latest innovations and developments in the aviation, space and support technology solutions. One of the biggest events in the aerospace trade calendar, the Paris Show attracts constructors, components manufacturers and systems developers to present their latest innovations to the world.
The 2017 edition saw record-breaking numbers, with over US$150 billions’ worth of orders placed and 3,22,000 visitors attending the weeklong event to explore over 140 aircraft. The event also consolidated its international dimension, with attendance from 290 official delegations, and visits from France’s President and a great majority of the French government. The event featured numerous dedicated areas and event categories, including the Careers Plane-Jobs and Training Forum and the Paris Air Lab, a new space devoted to research, innovation and forward thinking. 
A Platform for Everything
The upcoming show is described as the must-attend event for all professionals working in the aeronautics and space sector. With a 131,500 sqm exhibition area Paris Air Show will once again feature Paris Air Lab, Careers Plane, and Air and Space Museum. 
Careers Plane: The French aerospace sector represents some 195,000 jobs (the aerospace workforce in France involving members of GIFAS in 2018), and a total of over 350,000 jobs in France. The sector has demonstrated powerful dynamic energy over the past few years and is looking to recruit around 15,000 new talents this year. The Career Plane Jobs and Training Forum is an ideal platform for young people to explore the professions in the aerospace industry, discussing training courses with young people and recruiting new talents. Co-organised with GIFAS, Careers Plane provides a fresh, informative overview of the sector, types of jobs, internships or training courses available. At Careers Plane young graduates can find their first job, whereas established professionals can pinpoint new opportunities. In a 3,000 sqm hall, host over 70 exhibitors, audiences can explore an immersive educational circuit that includes a demonstration and discussion by professionals, a meeting area where you can talk to companies looking to recruit, as well as schools offering courses.   
Paris Air Lab: After the success of its first edition, Paris Air Lab returns with 3,000 sqm exhibition area dedicated to innovation and prospective technologies in the aerospace industry. This “event inside the event” will offer trade visitors, as well as general public the chance to witness latest technologies and futuristic innovations. From manufacturing to space exploration and environment, Paris Air Lab will focus on trending topics for the aerospace industry. The exhibition will host 24 display areas that will feature the sector’s manufacturers and start-ups and another 12 booths dedicated to collaborative and industrial innovation in the areas of innovative technologies (ENABLE), sustainable aerospace (PROTECT), future of aeronautics mobility (TRAVEL), and iconic space missions (EXPLORE).
A special booth, "Understanding climate change", will show how planes and satellites contribute to the understanding and monitoring of climate change through embedded devices. The area will also provide a platform for at least 80 startups from around the world to display their projects and present their work to visitors and industry professionals during the show.
Air and Space Museum: Located in Paris-Le Bourget airport, the Air and Space Museum is one of the top aviation museums in the world both for the wealth of its collections and its history. Thanks to its exceptional historical heritage and more than 40,000 items it has started to collect since the early 20th century, the museum is protected by the “Musée de France” status. As a bond between past and future, the prestigious Air and Space Museum is a lively place, holding events all year round, regularly acquiring collection objects, and providing entertainment for all. Visitors can discover about a hundred aircraft among the 400 composing its collections, from the very first planes to the Breguet 19 “Point d’interrogation”, the Spitfire and the Concorde. Le Bourget, where the museum is located, is a place that has seen many aviation heroes and is the birthplace of commercial aviation.
Creating Opportunities for SMEs
The Paris Air Show is a prime opportunity to exhibit and win new contracts for smaller businesses (SMEs). In 2017, Paris Airshow’s managing director, Gilles Fournier reportedly said that 90 per cent of the show’s exhibitors were SMEs and that around 70 per cent of the event’s SME exhibitors return each year. Apart from big players like Boeing and Airbus displaying their latest aircraft models, smaller companies will also be given the opportunity to share their innovation. 
In light of this healthy backdrop, the International Paris will once again be the ideal arena in which to see the very latest advances in aerospace technology and manufacturing. Companies from the UK, Germany and Italy will have a strong presence, along with others from China, Brazil, Spain, Canada and India.
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