Belgian Industries 
Pictures: Serge Van Heertum & Pierre Taquet

And where does Belgium stands in all that ?

Our spatial and aeronautical industry is undeniably recognized throughout the world. Were are not (or no more) literally aircraft manufacturers, but our know-how and the quality of our products are widely accepted. For proof we have the partnerships in different programs such as Sonaca for Airbus and Embraer regarding the manufacturing of leading edge flaps or SABCA for the US Air Force. The Salon du Bourget, in a way as Farnborough, are unique occasions to present our products and attract manufacturers. The 2015 edition of the Salon again saw part of hall 2 reserved for our little country gathering no less than 76 companies. All along this week, numerous meetings and tractations were held as to find some partnerships or negociate the possible renewal of some difficult company activities.

As each year a Belgian day was organized with the visit at the Belgian chalet of our regional Minister Presidents Paul Magnette (PS) and Geert Bourgeois (N-VA). On this occasion our political representatives could witness the convergence between various actors, the PME Dumoulin Aéro from Alleur signed a contract with Aero Vodochody from the Czech Republic. Indeed, our manufacturer from Liège will ensure production of specific bolts destined for the C Series of the Canadian manufacturer Bombardier. Some convergences were situated at regional level where as the Wallonie Aerotraining Network (WAN), competence center of the Walloon Region and Sabena Aerospace entered an agreement regarding the training of workers within the aeronautical industry. This agreement will consist of the development of a training program for personnel from airline companies and African subsaharian airports. As one can see, this part is really boiling and the challenge is to step up in sequence to respond to the needs of the aircraft manufacturers. That is why Sonaca, for example, has invested in a new "paint" production line for the parts of the A320 they deliver to Airbus.
The future of Belgian spatial and aeronautical industry is boosting, the economical crisis is tentatively receding and as we could emphasize on the matter with the numbers being published during this week, various market are open an dour industrialists are on the edge to grab a maximum of opportunities to export quality made in Belgium.

Belgian Companies present:
1.	3D SYSTEMS LAYERWISE
2.	A.E. PETSCHE COMPANY
3.	ADVA CONSULT
4.	ADVANCED COATING
5.	AERO CONSULTING & TRADING COMPANY
6.	AIRCRAFT TRADERS BELGIUM
7.	AKKA BENELUX
8.	AMOS SA
9.	ANTWERP LION OIL WORKS NV
10.	ASCO INDUSTRIES
11.	AVIATION ENGLISH PRIVATE SCHOOL
12.	AWEX - WALLONIA EXPORT-INVESTMENT AGENCY
13.	BMT AEROSPACE INTERNATIONAL
14.	BODAIR SA
15.	BRIDGESTONE AIRCRAFT TIRE (EUROPE) S.A.
16.	BRITTE-MUSTAD SA
17.	CAPAUL
18.	CENAERO
19.	CITIUS ENGINEERING
20.	CLEAN SKY JOINT UNDERTAKING
21.	COEXPAIR
22.	CONSOLIDATED PRECISION PRODUCTS BELGIUM
23.	DEDECKER PRECISION MECHANICS
24.	DEJOND NV
25.	DESIMONE S.A.
26.	DUMOULIN AERO S.A
27.	ESNAH
28.	ESTERLINE BELGIUM
29.	E-XSTREAM ENGINEERING
30.	FERONYL
31.	FLAG (FLEMISH AEROSPACE GROUP)
32.	FLANDERS INVESTMENT & TRADE
33.	FLIEGER LAW OFFICE
34.	FN HERSTAL
35.	GDTECH S.A.
36.	GILLAM-FEI
37.	HTMS - HIGH TECH METAL SEALS
38.	HUBITOOLS SA
39.	JDC INNOVATION S.A.F.S
40.	L & D JET TECHNIEK
41.	LESCAV
42.	LUCIAD
43.	MECASPRING S.A.
44.	MOCKEL SA
45.	NINESTEEL
46.	NITTO EUROPE
47.	NUMECA INTERNATIONAL - NUMFLO
48.	OPEN ENGINEERING
49.	OPTIMAL AIRCRAFT DESIGN
50.	ORBAN MICROWAVE PRODUCTS
51.	OSG EUROPE LOGISTICS
52.	PRECIMETAL FONDERIE DE PRECISION SA
53.	PROMAT HPI
54.	QINETIQ SPACE
55.	ROVI-TECH S.A.
56.	SABCA LIMBURG
57.	SABCA - SOCIETE ANONYME BELGE DE CONSTRUCTION
58.	SABENA AEROSPACE
59.	SAFRAN TECHSPACE AERO
60.	SAINT-GOBAIN SEALS
61.	SAMI ENGINEERING
62.	SEPTENTRIO SATELLITE NAVIGATION
63.	SKYWIN WALLONIE
64.	SONACA
65.	SPACEBEL S.A.
66.	TECHNICAL AIRBORNE COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES SPRL
67.	TECNOLON WORKS
68.	THALES ALENIA SPACE BELGIUM SA
69.	ULTRA PRECISION MACHINING TECHNOLOGY
70.	(UN)MANNED (VERHAEGHE AEROSPACE)
71.	VANHULEN HIGH PRECISION SPRINGS
72.	VENYO EUROPE SA
73.	VITO - FLEMISH INSTITUTE FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH
74.	VRI - FLEMISH SPACE INDUSTRY
75.	WALLONIE AEROTRAINING NETWORK
76.	WATER AND LASER CUTTING
(Pierre Taquet)

DGA Fokker 100 will be the Rafale test bed, the plane 
is equipped with Mica missiles and a centerline Recce pod
Still in test phase, the plane was modified under the responsability of 
Sabena Technics at Bordeaux - Merignac facilities.
End 2014, Sabena Technics left the TAT group to become an indepedant and 
back full Belgian Company. The new name is now Sabena Aerospace.
The FN HMP250™ LCC is a self-contained airborne weapon system 
that includes a .50 cal FN M3P™ (1,100 RPM) combat-proven machine gun,
 250-round ammunition box, firing actuator and cocking device in one casing,
 allowing outstanding performance in all environments.
This pod was mounted on the Textro Airland Scorpion.

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