China boom to help Bundy aviation

BUNDABERG aviation companies will be keeping an eye on the industry in China, with a predicted boom set to benefit the local industry.

Trade Queensland trade commissioner for China Murray Davis told local aviation businesses at a seminar yesterday that the general aviation industry in China was expected to grow rapidly, with a recognised need for emergency and rescue helicopters and an expected rise in the number of private and business jets.

Microair Avionics marketing manager Carol Bretag said the company had some dealings selling radar transponders to China.

“At this point in time we are looking at what we can and can't do,” Ms Bretag said. “A lot for us will depend on the development of the aviation industry in China.”

About 20 people attended the seminar, which was one of 10 regional events held as part of Export Week, which kicked off yesterday.

Mr Davis said there had been public outcry after no helicopters or aircraft were available to help victims of the earthquake disaster in Wenchuan and the snow disaster in south China last year.

Since then, the Chinese government had been working to build a general aviation industry.

Mr Davis said Jabiru Aircraft and Engines had already been successful with export to China and he believed several companies in Bundaberg would benefit from the expected boom.

“It is a strategic industry for the Queensland Government and it is important that we try to support any local companies who may develop ties in China,” he said.

Mr Davis has lived in China for the past three years, learning about the industry there and the best way to form ties between Queensland and the Asian nation.

“The Wide Bay region is the centre of the aviation industry with China because of the work we have been doing in connecting to the Chinese government on the issue,” he said.

Trade Minister Stephen Robertson said the export industry was vital to the Queensland economy, with more than $56 million from merchandise export raised during the 2008 and 2009 financial year.

“Export Week is held each year to promote the benefits of exporting for business, highlight market opportunities overseas and recognise the exporting efforts and successes of business,” Mr Robertson said.

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