No other place for aviation in the world combines so many skills along the value chain as the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. To stimulate future innovations, even more co-operations should be created by business, research, education and politics. The updated strategy for the Aviation Cluster Hamburg Aviation thus focuses on three key objectives: to consolidate existing skills, to strengthen co-operation in research & development and to increase international visibility.
The new strategy paper has been prepared jointly by more than 100 high-ranking partner by interviews and workshops. It was presented for the first time at the Hamburg Aviation Forum on 9 October 2014. New chairman of the Executive Board of Hamburg Aviation extended to nine members is Prof Dr Joachim Szodruch.
Hamburg’s core competences expanded
Concrete measures include addition work groups on the new fields of action, and interdisciplinary exchange with other industry clusters and enhanced activities in the international arena. In addition to the existing four worlds of comptence in Hamburg, i.e. “Aircraft & Aircraft production systems”, “Cabin & Cabin Systems,” “Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul, and Modification” and “Air Transport Systems”, also “Aircraft Information & Communication Technology” should be made a core competence of Hamburg.
Other important strategy blocks
With the Centre for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) in Finkenwerder under construction, research and development activities will soon be concentrated under one roof. In addition, the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT) will also significantly contribute to implementing the new strategy.
Advance existing networks
“As a modern economic development policy, Hamburg’s cluster policy has proven itself a vital tool, a fact also reflected by the success of our aviation cluster”, says Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of Economy, Transport and Innovation. “We have to continue this policy in future. And exploit the huge potential still sleeping in our creative minds, as in our innovative companies with the help of our networks.
Secure expertise in Hamburg
Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink, managing director of Hamburg Aviation, adds: „Despite a good order situation, we are confronted for the first time in decades with the fact of neither Airbus nor Boeing developing completely new aircraft in the future. This trend has serious implications for Hamburg as a strong location of research, which have already become noticeable in the field of engineering services. Our new strategy must thus find ways not only to secure, but also to develop our know-how in future.“
Joint by the same visions
“In the strategy process, highly committed leading heads from all areas of Aviation Hamburg participated – large companies and SMEs, universities, research institutions, administration, and other institutions”, emphasises the new Chief Executive of Hamburg Aviation, Prof. Dr. Joachim Szodruch, who followed in the footsteps Bernhard Conrad. “This closing of ranks shows in an impressive way how much the industry identifies itself with Hamburg as the place for aviation, despite different interests and individual goals.”
New board members
Newly appointed to the board of Hamburg Aviation were: Prof Dr Monika Bessenrodt-Weberpals (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences), Prof Dr Otto von Estorff (University of Technology Hamburg-Harburg), Dr Werner Etzenbach (German Aerospace Center), Harald Gloy (Lufthansa Technik AG), Jörg Manthey (HECAS e.V.), Ingo Martens (Hanse- Aerospace e.V.), Dr. Georg Mecke (Airbus Operations GmbH), and Andreas Richter (Hamburg Ministry of the Economy, Transport, and Innovation).
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