Connecticut aerospace companies make connections to Paris Air Show

Connecticut aerospace companies make connections to Paris Air Show

In the shadow of a defense and aerospace merger, which is one of the largest transactions of the year, Connecticut manufacturers have reached Paris for a yearly international air show, from global international giants to a major industry meeting for companies for factories. family

The state's Economic and Community Development Department has promoted 11 companies through Monday, Sunday during this event, which would encourage small businesses, which would not otherwise be possible to participate.

Others will also be included, but the state, in the past, will connect the Connecticut booth to claim state industry in which this event is expected to attract around 2,500 exhibitors from 48 countries.

United Technologies Corp announced last week that it will merge with Waltham, the Defense Contractor located in Mass, with Raytheon Company, making an aerospace and defense giant that is expected to generate annual sales of $ 74 billion. It is likely to spread through a series of manufacturing suppliers.

Doug Folsom, chief executive of Whitcrack Group, producer of nickel-titanium alloy parts from Eastford for UTC jet engineer Pratt & Whitney, said that the Raytheon deal could create opportunities for some companies to combine supply chain.

"You can change the scenario by creating a more competitive supplier," he said.

Greg Fadel, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, at a DRT aerospace company in Dayton, Ohio, with many sites in Connecticut, said that UTC-Raytheon agreement provides the aerospace providers the opportunity to take advantage of the defense work experience.

The DRT, which build components for Pratt & Whitney, General Electric Co., and Sikorsky, expanded into Meriden and Winsted and bought a company in East Hartford. The Paris Air Show presents an opportunity to be better known.

Fidel said, "As we grow, it is important for us to be relevant in the market and this is part of our strategy."

The producers are gathering in the air show while the aerospace business is booming. The commercial aerospace sector is growing in response to the rising passenger demand of airlines in Europe and Asia and the high spending of the Pentagon, which is increasing the production and sales of military engines.

Beatrice Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Business Development Office of the Economic and Community Development Department, said the state would spend $ 100,000 for the situation.

He said that this is a good investment, citing a report of manufacturers of $ 19 million in sales of 18 months to two years after an air show recently. "It's a great platform to build contacts and expand sales," said Gutierrez.

In addition, the state uses its approach to recruit companies for Connecticut. He said that after contacting the state on an air show, New England Airfuels Products Inc. was brought to Connecticut. The manufacturer of farm turbine products was established in Farmington.

Daniel Clerie, director of business development for Rotac, Box, Axel, and other products, EDAC Technologies, said that pending orders for the orders of the engine "are at an all-time high level."

Typically, companies will get the new business after eight to 12 months after making contact with the air show. "It depends on the urgency of the program," said Clary.

The Whitcroft Group is expanding, which is announcing the acquisition of aircraft engine components manufacturer, MAI of LA International and Arizona operations.

Whitson said 300 employees have been added in the past year, with 200 acquisitions, for a total of 1,000 workers, Folsom said.

"Many companies are talking about how they are going to grow," he said. "It's really so good that the companies are working now that they are in full production."

At the fair, small businessmen like Boeing, Rolls Royce, GE, UTC, and Airbus have access to global manufacturers.

He said that Honey Nemeth of Zonal Laboratories, meridian manufacturer of bonded metal, bond metal, and composite materials, which has been a supplier of Pratt & Whitney for decades, can help win business with Raytheon.

Nemeth said that the Air Show gives a global presence to the family company.

"We use Paris Airshow as a revelation, to see how big the industry is," he said.