The mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz is set to open the new building for the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) on March 7, 2016. Following completion, the ZAL TechCenter, the technical research and development network of civil aviation, will move in under one roof and boost Hamburg as the third biggest location in civil aviation. ZAL is a joint undertaking by industry, science and senate. A total of EUR 82.4 million has been invested in the building.
ReGe Hamburg is completing the project for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg as urban representative and will hand it over to users and tenants – the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH.
ZAL to provide 600 research jobs
Scientists and developers will soon come together as equal partners in the new research centre. To this end, high quality test infrastructure, presentation rooms, office and laboratories and thus around 600 jobs for aviation and development have been created on 28,000 square metres in Hamburg-Finkenwerder. Senator Frank Horch, Ministry of Economy, Transport and Innovation said: “Hamburg’s aviation is getting a place with cutting-edge infrastructure in many future sectors to do research and development together. The ZAL TechCenter will be a centre of innovation for visionary ideas which will ultimately result in innovative, industrializable products for the aviation industry. Hamburg is thus getting a unique flagship as centre of aviation. It will be the envy of many worldwide competitors.”
All key aviation representatives present
Roland Gerhards, Managing Director of the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research, said: “ZAL offers Hamburg a unique opportunity to establish a new kind of collaboration in aviation thereby securing the location in the long-term. The ZAL TechCenter will see applied aviation research in Hamburg become world class.” He added: “All the big names in local aviation – in industry, universities or research institutes – are represented in ZAL’s shareholder circle and will use the new infrastructure for joint innovation projects.”
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