Global Growth, Modern Manufacturing and Successful Partnerships join innovation as key Global Aerospace Summit themes

Agenda Set As Advisory Board Meets at Dubai Airshow

09 November, 2016- Dubai, UAE: Global growth, modern manufacturing and successful partnerships are to be focus streams of next year’s Global Aerospace Summit following a meeting of the thought leadership forum’s Advisory Board on the side-lines of the Dubai Airshow.

The Summit, an exclusive, invitation-only global event, will run 07-08 March 2016 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. It will see 1,000 leaders of the aerospace aviation, space and defence industries debate the future of their sectors under an overarching theme of innovation.

“The Advisory Board today agreed on the focus streams which they believe will be the crucial factors impacting the development of the targeted industries,” said Nick Webb, Managing Partner at Streamline Marketing Group (SMG), which organises the biannual event. “The Summit is unique in that it is the only forum of its kind where the content is driven by a high level advisory board who have their fingers on the pulse of the state of these industries and their future requirements.

The 2016 Summit’s Advisory Board includes Fahad Al Shamesi,  CEO of AMMROC; Robert Hastings, Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs at Bell Helicopter; Shane Fleming, CEO of Cytic Industries Inc.; Pat Dewar, Executive Vice President – International at Lockheed Martin; Bob Harward, Chief Executive UAE of Lockheed Martin; Ali Al Naqbi, Founding Chairman of Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), Douglas Raaberg, Chief Executive - Middle East of Northorp Grumman; Carlo Logli, CEO of Piaggio Aerospace; Chafik Hilal, Regional Executive and Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and Turkey at Rockwell Collins; H.E Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri, CEO of Tawazun; Ellen M. Lord, President and CEO of Textron Systems; Thibaut Trancart, Country Director – UAE at Thales; Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya Telecommunications Company; H.E Dr Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency and David P. Hess, Senior Vice-President, Aerospace Business Development, United Technologies Corporation (UTC).

Jeff Johnson, President of Boeing Middle East explained that the Summit’s overarching innovation theme results from major breakthroughs that are happening across the globe, many focussed on driving capability whilst keeping expenditure down. Johnson also flagged that globalisation, achieved through partnerships, will also be a central Summit theme as more organisations look to manufacture overseas – a trend, he says, will continue over the next ten years.

“Partnerships allow for creation of better products and we are seeing this trend in the UAE, India and across the world. It’s important for global organisations to understand local government needs and provide expertise and knowledge transfer that supports economic growth,” explained Johnson.

Leaders from companies in both established and emerging markets will share their experiences of supporting industrialisation, improving supply chain standards and creating value-added jobs for highly skilled individuals. Whether the airline industry can adapt to and adopt new consumer technologies in a more networked world will be discussed. The Summit will also examine the evolution of commercial space business and the opportunities for new players.

The advisory board members were split into two groups to discuss the four major Summit themes.

Chafik Hilal, Managing Director, Middle East, Africa and Turkey for Rockwell Collins commented: “Aerospace has always been a catalyst for development of technology and we are seeing greater innovation within this area. For example developments such as avionics and connectivity are playing a more important role in the industry.  Today passengers are expecting constant access and want the ability to arrive and transfer as quickly as they can. The industry is therefore always needing to improve and innovate to support passenger demand and I believe this will be a key area for debate at the Summit next year.”   

The space sector is becoming increasingly influential and will have a greater focus at this Summit than in previous years.

Samir Halawi, CEO of Thuraya explained: “We see continuous developments being made in the world of space with things like reusable launches and access to space. Manufacturing within the industry has also greatly advanced as we now see up to four satellites being made per day. Areas like virtualisation, automation and cloud computing are having more of an impact on the space sector. We want to see more youth involvement in space and as an industry we need to continue raising awareness of the possibilities that space brings to our lives. People are used to technology and expect constant connectivity so we must continue to deliver against this expectation.”
Global Aerospace Summit Advisory Board meetings took place at the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA) chalet at the Dubai Airshow.

Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), which hosted the meeting said: “The aerospace industry is witnessing unprecedented growth in light of the rapid global economic development that the UAE is experiencing. This significant worldwide growth is further pushing us to focus more on innovation for advancement and promotion of new levels of excellence, creativity and high performance in the industry. Under this context, the 2016 Global Aerospace Summit is being organized to highlight innovations as effective solutions to pressing industry challenges. The summit will also provide a platform for all stakeholders to showcase the latest advanced technological developments. DAFZA is honoured to be part of this event by hosting the GAS Advisory Board meeting. Through its strategic efforts, the Board is fully committed to the UAE’s quest to employ the latest technologies and competencies to promote the development of all vital industries such as the aerospace sector, which is seeing massive development in the country.”

The Global Aerospace Summit is part of the Abu Dhabi Aviation and Aerospace Week held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The event will take place from 07-08 March at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC) centre.

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