Chris O’Neill, President & COO, Mecaer America Inc.

GBR Connect Series Mecaer America Inc. specializes in the design, manufacturing and qualification of integrated landing gear systems. What is the relationship between Mecaer America and its parent company Mecaer Aviation Group? Mecaer America is a Canadian company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Mecaer Aviation Group. In Canada, our operations are self-sufficient in terms of the development, design, manufacturing and testing of landing gear systems. Mecaer America is the world’s smallest landing gear design integrator which allows us immense flexibility compared to our much larger competit...

Jean-François Dupont, CEO, AV&R

GBR Connect Series AV&R is an engineering firm specializing in automation, vision and robotics with a history dating back to 1994. Have there been any developments since we met in 2015, particularly as companies increase their uptake of automation technologies? Automation is currently a buzzword in the industry. A lot of AV&R’s attraction stems from companies needing to lower costs, for which the main driver is coming from the OEMs. Because the new engines on the market have been sold at cost or even at a loss per unit, the next years will be marked by cost reduction, and there is o...

    Dr. Hany Moustapha, Professor and Director, AÉROÉTS, P&WC Chair in Propulsion System, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) and Senior Research Fellow, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC)

    École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) is Canada’s leading university when it comes to aerospace graduating 750-800 engineers each year. ÉTS is focused on engineering across a variety of industries. How has the university developed and what are the key focus areas in terms of its student offering? Aerospace is the number one area at ÉTS. Of 170 professors, we have close to 56 professors across different departments working in aerospace, so almost one third of our workforce. AÉROÉTS is a community within ÉTS rather than a distinct department and spans the various departments, suc...

    Gilles Labbé, President & CEO, Héroux-Devtek

    Héroux-Devtek continues to grow its landing gear business with its contract for Boeing’s 777. Héroux-Devtek has a 75-year history providing landing gears to customers such as the big OEMs, U.S. military and lunar missions. What have been the key developments since we spoke in 2015? The highlight has been the progress in our contract for the Boeing 777 aircraft landing gear, for which we had to invest over $110 million on equipment and capacity. Since the contract was signed in December 2013, we have built and expanded factories, installed the required equipment and have developed the manu...

      Québec’s Aerospace 4.0: A Solution to Cost Pressures?

      As cost pressures propagate from OEM’s down the value chain, does Industry 4.0 hold the solutions? Catherine Howe PHOTO: Courtesy of AV&R Québec, the source of 52% of the Canadian aerospace industry’s sales and home to 70% of R&D, holds a prominent position on the international stage, with 80% of its production exported. Montréal is Québec’s largest city and one of the world’s top three aerospace hubs, alongside Seattle and Toulouse. The presence within the region of major international players such as Bell Helicopter Textron, Bombardier Aerospace, CAE and Pratt & Whi...

      Stephen C. Veldhuis, Director, McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, McMaster University

      The MMRI collaborates with the Aerospace industry to both develop its students as well as aerospace technologies. Could you briefly introduce the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute? The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) works collaboratively with its industry partners to solve advanced manufacturing challenges. Our focus is on enhancing productivity, quality and cost competitiveness while supporting product innovation and sustainability. My specific area of research is on surface engineering; utilizing adaptive surfaces with self-protecting properties to improve tool li...

      Robert Wills, President, AirStart

      Airstart has enjoyed continuous growth as it extends its inventory so as to keep aircraft from being grounded anywhere around the world. Could you give us an introduction to AirStart and outline your key products and services? AirStart was founded in 2000, and we now support over 75 airlines, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and leasing companies. Our world headquarters are across the street from Pearson International Airport and allows us proximity to not only Canadian Domestic Airlines, but also international airlines such as Lufthansa and British Airways. Exports account for 80% of our bu...

      Singapore Aerospace: Satellite Communications

      Solving an age-old problem that vexes all commercial Low Earth Orbit Satellites. By Tan Khai Pang, Chief Technology and Operating Officer, Addvalue Technologies Since 2012, a key strategic move has been to develop a communications service to improve the operational efficiency of the expanding Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite based business.  With its IDRS service, Addvalue plans to participate in this market, one that is projected to grow rapidly in the years to come. (more…) ...

      Ontario Aerospace: Suppliers Across the Value Chain

      Ontario’s Aerospace Sector relies on a powerful manufacturing and industrial heritage. Camila Moscoso PHOTO: Courtesy of Com Dev The driving force behind Ontario’s aerospace activity is the network of advanced manufacturing companies. Ontario generates 37% of the national GDP, largely due to the historically thriving manufacturing industry in the region. Ontario’s strong manufacturing legacy has allowed small and medium sized enterprises (SME) to grow and develop unique capabilities for the aerospace industry. Advanced materials and manufacturing are an integral component of the indus...

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