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METI to Hold the Asia Aircraft Supply Chain Forum

As an opportunity to discuss issues related to Asian aircraft supply chains

September 26, 2018

On November 27, 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the Asia Aircraft Supply Chain Forum to discuss ideal approaches to developing efficient and resilient Asian aircraft supply chains, bringing together representatives and officials of the governmental and industrial sectors in Asia--a region in which demand for aircraft is expected to grow--and stakeholders of large aircraft companies which are embarking on development of business in Asia.

1. Background and purpose

Civil aircraft markets are expected to create new demand for approximately 40,000 aircraft in the coming two decades, and 40% of the demand is considered to originate in the Asia-Pacific region. In light of this background, large aircraft companies in Western countries are embarking on the establishment of bases in Asia and the utilization of local suppliers. Japanese companies have built partnerships with large aircraft companies in Western countries over many years and are establishing over 40 aircraft-industry clusters across Japan. METI established the Nationwide Network of Aircraft Manufacturing Clusters in 2017 to support collaboration between these clusters and encourage them to communicate information both inside and outside Japan. In addition, as many Japanese companies have rich relationships with the manufacturing industries in all over Asia, there are high expectations for their collaboration with such industries. Furthermore, many governments in Asian countries have proactively been focusing on the vitalization of domestic aircraft industries.

Against this backdrop, METI will hold the Forum for Aircraft Supply Chains in Asia, bringing together people from governmental and industrial sectors in Western and Asian countries. Specifically, the forum will hold discussions focusing on various issues: potential models for developing aircraft supply chains in Asia; potential approaches to taking advantage of experiences accumulated in other industries while satisfying concrete expectations from large aircraft companies; and approaches to taking advantage of the technical skills of SMEs and aircraft clusters in Japan. This forum will provide good opportunities both for companies that are already engaged in the aircraft industry and for those that intend to newly enter into the industry.

METI hopes that many people both from inside and outside Japan who are here to attend the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition 2018 Tokyo, which will begin the day after the Forum on November 28, 2018, will take the opportunity and join others in attending the Forum on the day before the Exhibition starts.

2. Outline of the forum

Date and time: November 27 (Tue.), 2018; from 13:00 to 16:00

Venue: International Conference Room, 7th floor of Conference Tower, Tokyo Big Sight (admission is free; prior registration is required.)

Organizers: METI, the Nationwide Network of Aircraft Manufacturing Clusters (NAMAC) -secretariat: Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC), and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)

Opening remarks: METI

Panel discussion (Safran S.A., United Technologies Corporation and a few Asian companies)

Note: Simultaneous interpretation between Japanese and English will be available.

3. How to attend

4. References

Division in Charge

Aircraft Component and Material Industries Office, Aerospace and Defense Industry Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau