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Firms sign aerospace pact

STAFF WRITER

Canadian and Taiwanese firms signed an agreement yesterday to join forces in the design and manufacturing of an aerospace landing gear mechanism.

Messier-Dowty Inc, a subsidiary of Snecma Group, yesterday signed the agreement with local firm Gongin Precision Industrial Co (公準精密) at the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Messier-Dowty President Kenneth Laver and Gongin Chairman Su Yu-hsin (蘇友欣) inked the plan according to a statement released from the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT).

Under the deal, the Canadian landing gear system maker agreed to supply and provide technology know-how to Taiwanese firms in the development of eight kinds of landing gear actuators -- which will be in service on Bombardier Aerospace's Dash 8-100/300 passenger jets, the statement said.

A Gongin official said the deal will help Taiwan become a major center for the manufacture of landing gear systems for an estimated production value of at least US$5 million in five years. But the official didn't elaborate on when the joint cooperations will start.

Yesterday's move actually shows "the confidence that both the Canadian and Taiwanese aerospace industry have in the future," Dave Murphy, director of trade and investment at CTOT, said at the signing ceremony.

"Aerospace is a global industry, and successful programs are increasingly those that involve partnerships and component specialization," Murphy said.

"An important example of this is the new 70-seat BD-100 program led by Bombardier, which involves a number of partners including Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corp (漢翔航空)," he added.

Aerospace manufacturers have been forced to look for cheaper component makers in Asia since the airline industry slumped in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks in the US, David Chu (祝如竹), director of the government's Committee for Aviation and Space Industry Development, said.

With an annual turnover of US$540 million, Massier-Dowty has 2,900 employees.

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