The French Naval Industry – An Export Force
(Source: GICAN; issued March 17, 2017)
PARIS --- Partner of Malaysia since 1993, this year at LIMA, France will be presenting a broad offer in terms of naval and aeronautic defence technology.

The French Pavilion, organized under the aegis of the GICAN with the support of the DGA and the GIFAS, welcomes French companies from the naval and aeronautical defence industry from 21st to 25th March 2017 at the LIMA exhibition on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia.

In the South-East Asia zone, this year LIMA is expecting French industrialists including ALSEAMAR, CNIM, DCI, DCNS, DIGINEXT, ECA, KERSHIP, LACROIX, OCEA, SECAMIC, SILLINGER, SOFRESUD, NCSIMUL, ZODIAC AEROSPACE at the French pavilion.

AIRBUS, DASSAULT, MBDA, SAFRAN and THALES will also be present with individual stands.

The exhibition is supported by the Minister of Defence of Malaysia.

Malaysia has acquired two Scorpene-class submarines, commissioned in 2009 from France. As part of the second-generation patrol vessels - littoral combat ships (SGPV-LCS) programme, six Gowind corvettes will be produced locally with transfer of technologies.

Lastly, Malaysia is the first export client for the A400M.


GICAN is a professional organization bringing together French industrialists from the shipbuilding and maritime sector. It unites major contractors, system and equipment providers, as well as SMEs and MMCs that contribute to the design, construction, maintenance and implementation of military vessels, medium and large tonnage trade vessels and specialized vessels.

GICAN also plays an important role supporting maritime industries involved in Marine Renewable Energies. The GICAN brings together skills, helps with promoting and positioning them in France and abroad, playing an active role in the recognition of the high technologic character of this industry.

GICAN organises the following events:
-- FAST 2017, the conference on fast sea transportation
-- EURONAVAL, the world event for naval defence
-- EUROMARITIME, the European maritime economy exhibition.

Key figures:
• More than 170 member companies
• A turnover of approximately 8,5 billion euros accumulated for the French industry
• 42,000 jobs

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