Borja Martínez-Laredo, CEO of our company is in China during this week in a commercial mission to visit two major Chinese aircraft manufacturers: AVIC and COMAC. The mission is carried out together with Javier Moreno, General Manager of the division of Aerospace & Defense; Javier Cortés, Commercial Director, and Borja Amores, Director of the Carbures plant in Harbin.
The objective of this mission is to present first hand the capabilities that CARBURES has to be part of the programs of these two aviation giants. The CARBURES delegation traveled today to Beijing to meet with directors and managers of AVIC, among whom were Yi Xiaosu, Director of the ACCA's Science and Technology Committee, and Ma Xingyun, Director and Head of the International Department. On Thursday, May 3, they will travel to Shanghai to hold bilateral meetings with COMAC. Both companies were driven by the Chinese government itself to have its own developments in the aeronautical sector in the years 1999 and 2008 respectively.
The experience and trajectory of CARBURES in the aeronautical industry and specifically in the composites, as well as the fact of having fully equipped local facilities in Harbin, make us potential suppliers of both manufacturers for their products. Only AVIC has 31 models distributed among general aviation, helicopters, training and transport aircrafts.
This Mission is part of the strategy of CARBURES to provide service to Tier 1 and Chinese manufacturers. In fact in Harbin, where we have the aeronautical plant, AVIC has a subsidiary, the Harbin Aircraft Industry Group. Within this strategy, it was recently announced how from the Mobility area the objective of the first contract with a Chinese Tier 1 automotive was achieved to offer service from the plant that CARBURES has in Suzhou. This is one more step of positioning in a market as dynamic as China, where Carbures has been for years and where it now takes another step.