On 22 January, Bruno Le Maire, Economy, Finance and Recovery French Minister, met with major players in the aeronautics sector in Toulouse. He notably visited the Aucamville site of Liebherr Aerospace. A company, major Airbus customer, at the head of a new cooling system project.
To face difficulties caused by Covid-19, the government granted Liebherr Aerospace 4 million euros support. In addition the company received 2.4 million euros from the recovery plan for the sector. Despite the current situation, Liebherr Aerospace continues to invest in research and development. Government aids are mainly injected into its hydrogen project. A model company for the Minister of the Economy, he has encouraged the other players to follow the same path.
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Bruno Le Maire declared that he was giving his support to the aeronautics industry. He also warned that the crisis was not over. “The situation will not change. We still have two or three years to go”. For him this crisis should be a technological accelerator, he said, this period should ease to accompany decarbonised aircraft more quickly. He spoke again of his objective to manufacture clean and decarbonised aircraft in Europe by 2040. Liebherr has also received funding to enable it to internalise its production, notably for pumps for cooling systems.
A major investment in low carbon aircraft, which is an important project currently under development for the European Union. Their project is based on several pillars such as decarbonisation and innovation.
Research & Development :
Liebherr continues to invest heavily in research and development. From the 2020 and 2021 budgets, 14% is and will be used to develop new technologies with the aim of differentiating itself from its competitors through innovation. This is why, according to Bruno Le Maire, Liebherr and the other major players in the market will lead the response to the current situation of the entire French and European ecosystem
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