Minister Fast Welcomes Latest Bombardier Expansion

Photo: Minister Fast (fifth from left) with executives of Bombardier, including Torbjorn Karlsson, Vice-President, Sales, Asia-Pacific Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (fourth from left).

October 9, 2013 - Singapore - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, congratulates Bombardier Inc. on its new aircraft service centre at Singapore’s Seletar Airport. The facility is part of Bombardier’s strategy to move closer to customers, improve response times and build stronger relationships in the Asia-Pacific region. The centre will create jobs and prosperity in the region and in Canada.

The Singapore facility is Bombardier’s 10th wholly owned service centre and the second to be located outside North America.

A recent study by Deloitte LLP found that approximately half the world’s air traffic growth over the next two decades will be driven by the Asia-Pacific region, which will become the world’s largest aviation market. Total air traffic for the region is forecast to grow by 6.7 percent per year during that period. Some 11,450 new aircraft, accounting for about one third of new deliveries worldwide, will be needed to meet that growth. For more information, consult ASEAN Aerospace Market Profile.

Minister Fast was at the Singapore Airshow in February 2012 to witness a signing ceremony between Bombardier and Indonesian Garuda Airlines for the purchase of CRJ1000s aircraft.

Bombardier, headquartered in Montréal, is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. The company employs approximately 71,700 people around the world.

Minister Fast is in Singapore to launch the first Canada-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business Council Forum, a major initiative of the Canada-ASEAN Business Council. Minister Fast launched the council in August 2012 at the first Canada-ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting.

Minister Fast is in Asia from October 3 to 11. He attended the APEC and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meetings and the APEC CEO Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, from October 3 to 6 and joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the APEC Economic Leaders’ and the TPP Leaders’ meetings. He then travelled to Singapore to participate in the first Canada-ASEAN Business Council Forum on October 9. He will travel to China for a bilateral visit from October 10 to 11.

For more information, see Minister Fast Visits Asia.

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Minister of International Trade

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