From being a rather modest exhibitor at DSEI, the Canadian presence has grown to a record 65 companies, occupying 6,000 sq ft, in 2015.
This is according to CADSI, the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (Stand N4-145).
This year, the Canadian government and Royal Canadian Navy have shown their support for the industry by docking one of the modernised Halifax-class frigates alongside the ExCeL centre in London.
According to CADSI president Christyn Cianfarani, Canada’s defence and security industry, which employs about 109,000 Canadians in high-skilled jobs, is highly export intensive. It generates half of its earnings of CAD12.6 billion from exports.
‘‘These results show how much can be accomplished when industry and government work in partnership to promote the best of Canada’s defence and security industries,’’ she said.
With exports from Canada to EU member states having grown by 146 per cent in recent years, CADSI views DSEI as a ‘‘key opportunity to meet buyers from these countries’’ and a reason why Canadian companies are heading for London.