Friday, October 09, 2009

Eurocopter Awarded in Tokyo

Over 200 VIPs of Japan and French business, trade and
industries gathered at the Roppongi Hills for the French
Financial Agency Award who gave the palm of honor to
Eurocopter Corporation.

Before giving the prices to the four prizes winner, Trade
Minister Idrac recalled that France and Japan “share not only
many values on the economics but also agree on fundamental
questions such as the innovation, research, reasoned practice
of finance and environmental protection”. Idrac called for
the multiplication of the partnerships and alliances between
the companies of France and Japan.

The Japanese companies member elects of the prices of the
investment in France this year are OTSUKA Holdings Co., Ltd
and TORAY Industries, Inc. French companies preceded for
theirs investments in Japan are EUROCOPTER (Helicopters)
and FIVES (Engineering).

The ceremony was enclosed by a speech of Mr. Fukuhara,
honorary president of SHISEIDO, ex KEIDANREN Vice Chairman
of the Board of Councillors, and copresident of the club of
businesses France - Japan, who congratulated the four prizes
winner and carried a toast in their honor in the name of the

Eurocopter-Hermes designed helicopter

Eurocopter, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer
and a division of EADS, received the 2009 French-Japanese
Investment Award, presented by the French Agency for
International Investment (AFII) in Tokyo today.

The agency's mission is to promote Foreign Direct Investment
by targeting potential investors and assisting them in the
investment process.

Since 2004, the French-Japanese investment awards have been
attributed each year by the AFII to companies that have made
outstanding contributions to the economies of Japan or France
through Foreign Direct Investment. The 2009 ceremony was
attended by Mrs. Anne-Marie Idrac, French Secretary of State
for Foreign Trade.

Anne-Marie Idrac

Eurocopter has been present in Japan for forty years. The
Group has captured a 57% share of the Japanese civil and
parapublic helicopter market, with 360 Eurocopter helicopters
currently in service in the country. In April 2009, Eurocopter
decided to reinforce the activities of its local subsidiary,
Eurocopter Japan, by acquiring an additional 80% of the
shares in its former distributor, the Japanese Euroheli
Corporation, thereby increasing its total holding to 90%.

Eurocopter also acquired a 60% stake in the newly formed
maintenance company Eurocopter Japan T&E. The remaining 40%
is owned by the Group's Japanese partner All Nippon Airways
Maintenance (ANAM). These two acquisitions have
significantly increased the Group's industrial presence in
Japan. Through the two deals, which were negotiated in
complete transparency with the respective Japanese partners,
Eurocopter has become the first foreign manufacturer in the
aeronautics sector to possess its own industrial capacity in
Japan, and to receive this prestigious award.

Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota US forces

Eurocopter Japan (ECJ) has approximately one hundred and
sixty employees and is directly responsible for sales and
customer support activities for the full range of
Eurocopter's civil and military helicopters. The Group has
made considerable progress in both the civil and military
sectors on the Japanese market over the past few months.

Eurocopter 135

In the beginning of this year, the Japan Maritime
Self-Defense Forces decided to replace the training aircraft
for its pilots with a fleet of 15 EC135 helicopters. In the
civil sector, the commercial version of the EC135 is being
used to fly EMS (emergency medical services) missions,
commonly known as "Doctor Heli" in the country. Buyers have
also been found for the VIP Hermès version of the EC135 for
whom it is now performing shuttle flights between downtown
Tokyo and Narita International Airport

Philippe Harache, Executive Vice-President Customers in
Eurocopter : “Eurocopter is extremely honored to receive the
6th edition of the French investment award in Japan. For our
company, this award underlines the recognition of the efforts
we have made in the country for more than 40 years. By
significantly increasing the portfolio of our value-added
services locally, we are confident that we will better
improve customer satisfaction and ensure our continued

Eurocopter Super Puma EC225

About Eurocopter

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter
Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace,
defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs
approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its
position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the
civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion
Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent
market share in the civil and parapublic sectors.

Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the
total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence
is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along
with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and
maintenance centers. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters
are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more
than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and
military helicopter range in the world.

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