Asian Aerospace is playing a key role in the Australian state of Queensland's efforts to become a hub for the Asia-Pacific aviation and aerospace industry.

The state government is actively pursuing new aviation business and hopes to secure deals at the show.

"Asian Aerospace 2004 provides us with a perfect platform from which to launch the message that Queensland is leading the Asia Pacific in important developments in this vital industry," says Tony McGrady, minister for state development and innovation.

Meryl McKenzie, senior manager, marketing, investment division of the Queensland government, says government and industry are working together to realise Queensland's aviation aims.

Various state organisations involved in the aviation field are also featured on the Queensland stand (C160), including AustraliaTradeCoast, an integrated trade precinct that incorporates Brisbane Airport, and Aviation Australia, an aviation technical training organisation.

A number of major companies have already established themselves in Queensland, including Boeing, Virgin Blue, Raytheon, Smiths Aerospace, Qantas and Australian Aerospace, a division of EADS.


Small and medium businesses are also targets, with the state government planning to establish a grants programme offering A$600,000 ($460,000) per year to help businesses make the most of the potential.

Queensland boasts all the elements to ensure aviation success, including availability of space, good supporting infrastructure, the involvement of tertiary institutions in aviation and an attractive lifestyle.

Source: Flight Daily News