The internationally renowned Farnborough International Air show (FIA) 2018 ran this year from 16th – 20th July. Famous for its unique ability to bring every aspect of the aerospace industry into conversation, FIA 2018 did not disappoint. Farnborough 18 announced that at the show over $197 billion was made in deals, this is an impressive $67 billion up on the previous show two years ago. By bringing together suppliers, executives, producers and consumers, FIA proved the highlight of the year for most in the aerospace community.

Irish Pavilion

The internationally renowned Farnborough International Air show (FIA) 2018 ran this year from 16th – 20th July. Famous for its unique ability to bring every aspect of the aerospace industry into conversation, FIA 2018 did not disappoint. Farnborough 18 announced that at the show over $197 billion was made in deals, this is an impressive $67 billion up on the previous show two years ago. By bringing together suppliers, executives, producers and consumers, FIA proved the highlight of the year for most in the aerospace community.

Managing Director, Gerry Reynolds, and Minister Pat Breen

Takumi were one of the 1,500 exhibitors from 52 countries, representing Ireland alongside companies such as Dawnlough Precision, Lenane Precision, Key Plastics to name a few. Enterprise Ireland arranged an Irish pavilion to showcase the variety of aerospace focused companies Ireland has to offer the industry. All the companies on the Irish Pavilion worked together to make the show a success. On the Wednesday of the Trade show we were honoured to be visited by Minister Pat Breen.

Minister Pat Breen at the Irish Pavilion.

The Minister met each of the exhibiting Irish companies in the morning and gave an encouraging speech to all who attended the Irish Reception at the Irish Pavilion in the afternoon. Some members of Enterprise Ireland as well as some of those exhibiting from Ireland were able to get a tour of the Airbus A220 aircraft as well as the Bombardier Global 6000. ‘I am so proud to be on a plane that Takumi had a hand in making, however small our contribution, knowing we made a couple hundred part numbers that helped get this plane off the ground is a very humbling feeling’, Mr Reynolds commented after his viewing of the plane. During the course of the week we were able to meet many of our current customers, arrange meetings and have a face to face conversation about their relationship with us.

Managing Director, Gerry Reynolds, Minister Pat Breen and Tom Kelly of Enterprise Ireland getting a feel for the space and comfort provided by the Airbus A220 which was both a static and flying display at the show.

Shows like Farnborough give companies fantastic opportunities to meet potential new customers through events and programmes such as the meet-the-buyer, this allows companies to have a face to face with buyers from potential customers to discuss future collaborations which may be impossible to arrange outside the setting of a trade show like Farnborough. Farnborough was a success for Takumi again this year and we are looking forward to our next show; AirTec 2018 in Stuttgart, October 9th – 11th 2018. For details on AirTec; http://airtec.aero/airtec-at-a-glance/ . See you there!

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