Apulia Region at the International Paris Air Show 2023 with innovative companies and startups

With performance in export growth returning to pre-crisis levels for the first time, Apulian aerospace is choosing the International Paris Air Show showcase to showcase its excellence and seek new partners and opportunities for international collaborations.

The event is scheduled in Paris, Le Bourget Airport, June 10-25, 2023. The Region of Puglia – Section for the Promotion of Trade, Crafts and Internationalization of Enterprises – with Puglia Sviluppo and in collaboration with the Aerospace Technological District and Airports of Puglia, will be there with a delegation of 9 SMEs and innovative startups from Puglia in the sector.

This is a major opportunity because of the international prestige of the event. With the similar fair in the United Kingdom (the Farnborough International Airshow), the Paris show is in fact the most prestigious and largest for the aviation and space industry worldwide. Here, innovative equipment and solutions for the aviation and space sectors are presented, key players in the industry meet, new business opportunities are seized, and know-how is shown to the world. In the previous edition, in 125,000 square meters of exhibition space, the Airshow welcomed 2,453 international exhibitors, 139,480 trade visitors and showed 140 aircraft.

“It is a great opportunity for our companies, at a time of great recovery of the Apulian aerospace sector in foreign markets,” said Apulia Regional Councilor for Economic Development Alessandro Delli Noci. After the years of the pandemic crisis and the first signs of recovery last year, in the first quarter of 2023, Istat and Ice data, just put online, show us a sector in full recovery. The percentage of growth in the January-March period of this year in relation to the first quarter of 2022 is 33.3 percent; after the crisis of 2020-2021, it recalls, and even exceeds, that of 2019, which ended with a 32 percent increase. Strengthened by this recovery, we are going to Paris with our SMEs and innovative startups to promote their productions, Apulia and opportunities for collaboration and investment in our territory. Moreover, France is the fourth largest trading partner for Puglia with an export volume for all products exceeding the value of 867 million in 2022. In such a receptive environment we will make known the entire Apulian aerospace supply chain with the added value of the Grottaglie airport test bed platform and first spaceport in Italy, and we will announce the next sector investments in Apulia.”

There are numerous opportunities for companies in the delegation. In addition to being hosted at the regional booth, they will be able to participate in events, conferences and flight exhibitions.

On June 20 and 21, from 4:30 p.m. onward, networking events will be held in the regional exhibition space within the show, with the participation of international industry players.

Also noteworthy is the “Paris Air Mobility” conference dedicated to AAM (Advanced Air Mobility), scheduled from Tuesday, June 20 to Thursday, June 22 in Hall 5 and dedicated to the revolutionary technology of new air mobility systems. Of particular interest on the same days is the “Aerospace Meetings Paris” matchmaking event organized by Bci in which the delegation of SMEs and start-ups from Puglia will participate. The business-to-business meeting sessions will be complemented by a program of workshops and conferences, dedicated to the development strategies and procurement and supplier selection policies adopted by groups such as Leonardo, Airbus, Bombardier, Safran, and Collins Aerospace.

Also underscoring the importance of the event, which is returning after 4 years due to the pandemic shutdown, are the institutional visits scheduled in the Italian Pavilion – within which is the stand of the Apulia Region – of some 20 senior government, parliamentary and armed forces officials: in particular, on June 19 there will be Defense Minister Guido Crosetto, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Edmondo Cirielli and Admiral Enrico Credendino, Chief of Naval Staff; on June 20 it will be the turn of, among others, Deputy Minister of Enterprise and Made in Italy Valentino Valentini and the President of the IV Commission (Defense) of the Chamber of Deputies, Antonino Minardo.

These are the companies in the regional delegation: Comer Calò (Brindisi); Deagle (Avretrana – Ta); Dian (Gioia del Colle – Ba); Giannuzzi (Cavallino – Le); Novotech Aerospace Advanced Technology (Avretrana – Ta); Planetek Italia (Bari); Rea (Acquaviva delle Fonti – Ba); Rev3rd (Fasano – Br); Roboze (Bari).