Great news from China - Pipistrel signed largest contract in 27 years history

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Zhu Hai, China

On 24. September 2016, a Slovenian company Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovscina and Chinese company Sino GA Group Co. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a long-term joint-venture cooperation in the field of light and general aviation in the regions of China, East Asian countries and Asian pacific.

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Mr. Ivo Boscarol, general manager of Pipistrel and Mr. Wu Guo Ying, chairman of the Sino GA Group Co., are signing the Memorandum (click to enlarge).

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Left to right: 
Mr. Miloš Prislan, Minister Plenipotentiary and economic advisor at the Slovene Embassy in China. 
Mr. Ivo Boscarol is the company shareholder and aircraft production supervisor
Mr. Wu Guo Ying, chairman, owner of EASTIDA Group
Ms. Wu Lishan is Mr. Wu’s daughter and the Vice Director
Mr. Hao Danny Wu, CEO of Sino GA

Official presentation of the cooperation was held on 2nd November 2016 at 10:00 AM, at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhu Hai, the biggest Air show in China where at the booth of Sino Group & Flying tigers, the General distributor of Pipistrel for China, three Pipistrel aircraft are displayed.

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Press conference at the Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhu Hai  (click to enlarge).

The formal contract signing ceremony will be included in the framework of the upcoming Summit side event on 5th November 2016 at the Prime Ministers of China and Central and Eastern European Countries summit 16 + 1 in Riga, Latvia, as it is ranked among those of particular significance for bilateral between the two countries.

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Pipistrel is a world leading small aircraft designer and producer, specialized in electric-powered aircraft. With more than a quarter of a century of tradition and with own intellectual property, Pipistrel which has gained significant international reputation and has presented in unique, innovative products.
Sino GA Group Co is a newly established company, member of the larger Sino group. The companies in the group have been cooperating for more than two dozen years and have been successful in many different fields of business
A member of the Group is also the Flying Tigers (Beijing) General Aviation Co. Ltd as a subsidiary company, who is the exclusive representative and distributor of Pipistrel in China. The company specializes in areas of General Aviation (GA) and airport construction, aircraft and special public security equipment manufacturing, private and glider pilot training, and other GA related operations throughout China. The airports and bases where the company operates are set in Beijing, Taizhou, Yinchuan, Huangping, Dalian and Heibei.

Per the market analysis of the current GA situation in China, both partners see a great potential for cooperation, especially since the Chinese validation of four Pipistrel aircraft certificates has now opened immense possibilities for sales in China.

Both partners see a clear trend towards green aviation, so after two years of preparations they have agreed on transfer of technologies and setting up a new company in China, where electric aircraft will be manufactured, especially the Alpha Electro and Panthera Hybrid models. The production capacity will be more than 500 aircraft per year.

The two companies are entering a long-term partnership. One of the goals of the cooperation is also to increase the number of R&D projects and support the transfer of technologies. To achieve stronger business connection between the two partners and to empower the mutual efforts, the partners also agreed to exchange a part of capital shares and partial ownership during the duration of the contract.

The combined value of the 7-years project (which will include building new centres with aircraft production facilities for both models, a runway, and a maintenance and training facility for both models in Taizhou, Zhejiang Province and Yinchuan) is more than 500 million EUR.

The cooperation valued at more than 350 million EUR will enable Sino GA Group Co. to benefit from Pipistrel’s:
-exclusive rights to use the technology and to produce two aircraft models (Alpha Electro and Panthera Hybrid) within China;
-exclusive right for the sales of the two aircraft models in Chinese territory and in the neighbour countries, namely Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Korea and Mongolia.
-the contract also includes the delivery of 50 aircraft of each model, all required know-how on assembly of the two models, training of the personnel in Slovenia, implementation of the assembly process in new facilities in China, as well as supervision of newly established production to assure the same quality of the produced aircraft as the ones made by Pipistrel in Slovenia.
-for the value of the contract Pipistrel will also provide the design documentation of the factory, technical organisation per the Civil aviation requirements, needed special machinery and tooling, software, company management organisation, facility personnel training and consulting.

Pipistrel will use a part of the mentioned amount also for the development of a new, very innovative zero emission 19-seat aircraft, powered by hybrid electric technology and hydrogen low temperature PEM fuel cells, planned for public transport between the cities in China and all over the world.

The press conference with the presence of all Chinese partners was held also at Pipistrel headquarters in Ajdovscina, Slovenia, 8th. November 2016 at 10:00h where the cooperation was presented more in detail.

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Mr. Wu Guo Ying Sino GA Group Co., Chairman
Mr. Mr. Hao Danny Wu, GA Group Co., CEO
Mr: Ivo Boscarol Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovscina, GM




POVABILO - IZJAVA ZA JAVNOST
Zhu Hai, Kitajska, 29. oktober 2016


Dne 24. septembra 2016 sta slovensko podjetje Pipistrel d.o.o. Ajdovščina in kitajsko podjetje Sino GA Group Co podpisali Memorandum o dolgoročnem sodelovanju na področju lahkega in splošnega letalstva na področju Kitajske, vzhodnoazijskih držav in Pacifika.

Prva javna predstavitev projekta sodelovanja je bila 2. novembra 2016 na največjem letalskem mitingu na Kitajskem, »China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition« v mestu Zhu Hai. Pipistrelov generalni zastopnik za Kitajsko, podjetje Flying Tigers, je na razstavnem prostoru podjetja Sino GA Group Co. predstavilo tri Pipistrelove modele letal.

Slovesnost ob uradnem podpisu pogodbe bo vključena v okvir srečanja predsednikov vlad Kitajske in Srednje- ter vzhodnoevropskih držav »16+1« v Rigi, Latvija, saj se uvršča med dogodke, ki imajo poseben pomen za dvostransko sodelovanje med državama.

Pipistrel je vodilni svetovni oblikovalec in proizvajalec malih letal, specializiran za letala z električnim pogonom. Z več kot četrt stoletja izkušenj, lastnimi rešitvami, unikatnimi in inovativnimi izdelki ter intelektualno lastnino je Pipistrel pridobil pomemben mednarodni ugled.
Podjetje Sino GA Group Co. je novoustanovljeno podjetje, član večje skupine Sino Group. Podjetja, ki so člani skupine, sodelujejo že več kot 25 let in so dosegla odmevne uspehe na različnih področjih poslovanja.

Član skupine je tudi hčerinsko podjetje Flying Tigers General Aviation Co Ltd, ki je ekskluzivni zastopnik za Pipistrel na Kitajskem. Podjetje je specializirano na področjih splošnega letalstva (GA je okrajšava za General Aviation oziroma splošno letalstvo) in gradnje letališč, specializirane opreme za javno varnost in varnost letenja, šolanja pilotov in drugih dejavnosti povezanih z letalstvom po vsej Kitajski. Letališča in baze, kjer podjetje deluje, so v mestsih Taizhou, Yinchuan, Huangping, Dalian, HeiBei in Peking.

Glede na tržno analizo trenutnih razmer v splošnem letalstvu na Kitajskem oba partnerja vidita velik potencial za sodelovanje, še posebej, ker je kitajska potrditev certifikatov za štiri modele Pipistrelovih letal pred kratkim odprla velikanske možnosti za prodajo na Kitajskem.

Oba partnerja vidita jasen trend v smeri zelenega letalskega prometa, zato sta se po dveh letih priprav dogovorila za ustanovitev nove družbe in prenos tehnologije na Kitajsko, kjer bodo izdelovali električna letala, zlasti Alpha Electro in hibridno letalo Panthera. Proizvodna zmogljivost bo več kot 500 letalo na leto.

Obe podjetji vstopata v dolgoročno partnerstvo. Eden od ciljev tega sodelovanja je tudi povečati število projektov R & R in podpora prenosu tehnologij. Da bi dosegli večjo poslovno povezavo med obema partnerjema in okrepili vzajemna prizadevanja, sta se partnerja dogovorila tudi za izmenjavo kapitalskih deležev in delnega lastništva v času trajanja pogodbe.
Sodelovanje, ovrednoteno na 350 milijonov evrov, bo kitajskemu podjetju GA Group Co zagotovilo izključno pravico do uporabe Pipistrelove tehnologije in do proizvodnje dveh modelov letal (Alpha Electro in Panthera Hybrid) na Kitajskem ter ekskluzivno pravico za prodajo obeh modelov na ozemlju Kitajske in v sosednjih državah Mjanmar, Laos, Tajska, Vietnam, Kambodža, Tajvan, Filipini, Indonezija, Malezija, Singapur, Brunej, Koreja in Mongolija.
Skupna vrednost 7-letnega projekta (ki bo vključeval gradnjo novih centrov s proizvodnimi objekti za oba modela letal, letalsko stezo ter objekti za vzdrževanje letal in šolanje pilotov v provincah Taizhou, Zhejiang in Yinchuan) je več kot 500 milijonov EUR

Pogodba vključuje dostavo 50 letal vsakega modela, vse potrebno znanje in izkušnje za sestavo, usposabljanje osebja v Sloveniji, implementacija proizvodnega procesa v nove objekte na Kitajskem, prav tako pa tudi nadzor kvalitete novoustanovljene proizvodnje, ki bo zagotavljal enako kakovost kot pri letalih, izdelanih v Sloveniji.

V vrednost pogodbe spada tudi projektna dokumentacija za izgradnjo tovarn, tehnična organizacija po zahtevah zakonodaje za civilno letalstvo, potrebno orodje in strojna oprema, programska oprema, organizacija uprave podjetja, usposabljanje osebja in svetovanje.

Pipistrel bo uporabil del omenjenega zneska tudi za razvoj novega, zelo inovativnega letala z 19 sedeži in ničnimi emisijami, ki ga bo poganjala hibridna tehnologija elektrike in vodikovih nizkotemperaturnih PEM gorivnih celic. Letalo bo načrtovano za javni prevoz med mesti na Kitajskem in kasneje po vsem svetu.

Novinarska konferenca, na kateri je bil celoten projekt sodelovanja predstavljen podrobneje, je potekala na sedežu Pipistrela v Ajdovščini, 8. novembra 2016 ob 10:00, ob prisotnosti vseh kitajskih partnerjev.


G. Wu Guo Ying, generalni direktor Sino GA Group Co.
G. Hao Danny Wu, izvršni direktor Sino GA Group Co.
G. Ivo Boscarol, direktor Pipistrel d.o.o Ajdovščina



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