Enterprise Ireland to showcase Irish aerospace firms at Farnborough Air Show
Six Irish aviation firms will be aiming to win business this summer at the world's biggest air show.
Enterprise Ireland (EI) has for the first time decided to host a stand at the event in Farnborough, outside London, in an effort to help client companies grow their export sales.
A spokeswoman for EI said that the state agency hosted an Ireland stand at the Paris Air Show last year. The success of that move prompted it to showcase the strong capability Irish companies have in the aviation sector at the Farnborough International Air Show this year.
"The biennial show is seen as a flagship event for the industry with up to 200,000 attendees expected over the course of the week," she said.
The six companies will be able to pitch directly to potential aerospace and aviation buyers at the event, which attracts delegates from the defence as well as commercial aerospace sectors, and typically showcases technology and aircraft from both.
Aircraft deals worth tens of billions of dollars are usually revealed at Farnborough by Airbus and Boeing.
"A number of Enterprise Ireland client companies will also take part in a 'Meet the Buyer' programme organised by Enterprise Ireland at the show from 12-14 July," said the spokeswoman. "The Meet the Buyer programme will consist of three days of one-to-one meetings with companies that are looking to form new business relationships with international organisations."
EI declined to reveal the identities of the companies that will be at Farnborough. The Ireland stand will be beside the Italian Trade Commission, and Gore, a US company that makes cables for the aerospace and other industries.
Meanwhile, University College Dublin and EI have launched a new €1.7m partnership to enhance food quality and safety.
The three-year programme, titled Sequencing Alliance for Food Environments (SAFE), will see the UCD Centre for Food Safety team up with six food and nutrition firms.
Dairygold, Dawn Farm Foods, Glanbia, Kerry Group, Mead Johnson Nutrition, and Nutrition Supplies are all on board with the programme that will focus on bacteria control in food production.
"It is a proactive move, rather than a reactive one and our collaborators and Enterprise Ireland are to be acknowledged for taking this step," said UCD food safety professor Séamus Fanning.
EI research director Gearóid Mooney said Ireland needs to take a global lead on quality management in food production. "By developing a state of the art safety and quality decision making toolset to mitigate the risk of contamination in the food supply chain, this project demonstrates a new level of partnership," he said.