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Hamburg Aviation introduces new location strategy

Aviation information and communication technology to become another core competence of Hamburg as an global aeronautic centre.

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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About Hamburg Aviation

Hamburg Aviation is the aviation industry cluster for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region – one of the world’s most important locations in the civil aviation industry with more than 40,000 highly qualified staff working on the future of aviation. Their core competencies cover the complete life cycle of an aircraft from the design to assembly and outfitting, to maintenance, repair and overhaul, and finally to recycling. In the third-biggest location of the civil aviation industry worldwide, the industry’s two giants, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, are joined by Hamburg Airport and more than 300 small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as a variety of scientific and technological institutions. Companies, universities, associations, the economic authority and other partners have come together to form Hamburg Aviation, a cluster dedicated to advancing the city as an aviation location. Together they pursue a common goal: to network research and development, thereby bringing to market high-quality products and services for the aviation of the future – products that are good for passengers and set the standards in terms of resource protection. With these visions bundled in “New Flying” strategy, the network was honoured in 2008 as a cluster of excellence by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research. In 2014, Hamburg Aviation was granted the gold label by the the ECEI initiative of the European Commission one of the best-managed clusters in Europe.

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