NMB’s Director of Sales Alan Morton visited the International Paris Air Show which is considered an important show for the global aerospace industry.
The show is organised by the SIAE (Salon International de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace – Paris le Bourget), a subsidiary of GIFAS, the French Aerospace Industries Association.
Attended by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the French Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne, the 54th edition of the show took place at the Le Bourget Parc des Expositions in June. It brought together all the players in this global industry around the latest technological innovations.
With just shy of 2,500 exhibitors, the first three days were reserved for around 140,000 trade visitors, followed by over 300,000 of the general public for the rest of the show.
There were 29 Japanese companies and organisations exhibiting at the air show, and NMB was one of the few Japanese companies with a busy exhibition booth, with many people coming to the stand asking questions and viewing the parts on display.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announced in February the withdrawal and absence of their domestic jet, Mitsubishi Space Jet (MSJ) as a static display, so the Japanese presence showcased aircraft parts only.
“We exhibited for the full six days of the show, we had a very well positioned stand in a key area and the footfall was high,” said Alan.
“The week started with the President of France and the French Prime Minister attending the show. Many top industrialists including our own Company President attended and that high level of attendance and activity continued from Monday to midweek.”
What did NMB showcase?
“The company has a diverse range of business which can be seen on our website. This show was the first event to showcase our sustainability products from our electro-mechanical manufacturers.
“We exhibited a range of products such as bearings for aerospace applications, helicopter control rods for blade orientation and engine mount bearings holding the engine in the wing. These applications incorporate some form of bearing in the components to resolve misalignment of the aircraft and rotation of systems that enable equipment to move like landing gear and tail rudders.
“New in the market are eVtol aircraft (electric vertical take-off and landing) and this year we exhibited electronic components which can merge with mechanical components to create new concept products for sustainable air transport.”
What were the highlights?
“When the sun shone, it was a festival of aerospace featuring daily flight shows and aerospace professionals celebrating their work with many new aircraft, helicopters and military jets on display outside.
“Our global business has a manufacturing company, MachAero, in Brétigny, France and sales offices in the Paris area and Toulouse. The staff from these businesses were on hand throughout the week and worked tirelessly to support management and executive visitors and attend to all.
“A big thank you to the French team for all their support and to the global and executive team for organising such a great event.”
Do you think it was worth attending?
“It was well worth attending and many relationships were re-established following a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It will certainly be worth attending and exhibiting again at the next show in 2025 for us to reconnect face to face with customers and prospects.
“It was such a privilege to be part of the company’s team at that show, representing our business to a global audience and being recognised for it; that satisfaction and pride in a job well done. I would absolutely recommend attending.”
You may have seen us exhibiting this year but if you didn’t get a chance, please head to our website to find out about our services or contact us on 01522 503826.