Poeton showcases advanced surface treatments in Paris
July 8, 2019
Poeton Industries exhibited last month at the 53rd International Paris Air Show at La Bourget Airport on the border of the French capital. The show attracted over 300,000 visitors from 185 countries over the week which saw agreements for over 800 new aircraft signed, which could be worth up to £8billion for the UK aerospace industry.
2,453 companies were showcasing the latest developments in aerospace technology, with 140 aircraft on display in the 125,000m2 exhibition space.
The Poeton team had an extremely successful week with 55 new opportunities discussed, as well as 18 pre-arranged meetings with current and prospective customers. Highlights included strong interest from a large defence company looking to develop a long-term surface treatment partnership and a meeting in which a US aerospace company asked us to review a large quantity of drawings as they seek to apply the latest coating technologies.
As well as the interest from and meetings with customers we also had the opportunity to discuss current industry and economic challenges with Business Minister Andrew Stephenson. The meeting opportunity was arranged by ADS, who also managed the UK pavilion at the show, and topics raised included the challenges of the REACH legislation, rising costs in manufacturing and the possible effects of Brexit.
Poeton were also invited to appear on BBC Points West’s evening news report from the Paris Air Show. In the feature it promoted the West of England’s contribution to the aerospace industry and how the recent Airbus orders will further boost this section of the economy. Poeton’s Group Sales & Marketing Director, James Cooke, featured to provide an update on how Brexit could affect not only Poeton, but the aerospace industry as a whole and how we are planning for all eventualities.
The Poeton team also attended ADS’ industry reception held in the grounds of the British Embassy in central Paris. The evening featured a great opportunity to network with fellow UK aerospace companies, as well as talks from Ed Llewllyn, the British Ambassador to France, and Andrew Pendle MP on the importance of the UK aerospace industry.