Honoured as a cluster of excellence by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research in 2008 and granted the the gold label by the the ECEI initiative of the European Commission one of the best-managed clusters in Europe in 2014, the city’s industry Hamburg Aviation can once again look forward to support from the federal funds. In the framework of Germany’s high-tech strategy, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be supporting the globalisation strategy of Hamburg Aviation in the next five years with up to four million euro. These funds will be used to build up a strong transatlantic network with Montreal’s aviation industry. In the future, Hamburg-based companies, universities and institutions will be closely collaborating with Canadian colleagues. Total cost of the transatlantic project is estimated at twelve million euro.
Montreal – Hamburg Aviation’s Canadian Partner
Montreal is known to be one of the world’s most important aviation sites, with an number of employees equal to Hamburg at 42,000. With its four core companies Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Bell Helicopter Textron and CAE, as well as 15 systems providers and MRO’s, Montreal hosts a diverse landscape in aerospace. In preparation of the network project, Hamburg Aviation visited its Canadian partner from from 30 March to 2 April, where the Hamburg delegation established promising new contacts and visited the industry show Aeromart Montreal, with more than 800 companies from 28 countries participating.
Support for Highly Innovative Regions
With its concept, Hamburg Aviation successfully competed against other candidates from research. Overall, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research will be funding the globalisation of eleven highly innovative German regions. The selected regions and clusters were assessed by an independent panel of experts chaired by DAAD President Margret Wintermantel. They will be officially granted the funding on 30 June as part of the 3rd International Cluster Conference of the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
“In future, Germany will be a world leader in the export of high-tech goods. The new initiative will help companies, universities and research institutions to take part in the international innovation processes and make them more competitive”, explains Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Education and Research. The international co-operation with Montreal will be implemented on three levels, i.e. cluster management, industry and research. The aim of the exchange is to enhance the networking of the two locations and to exchange expertise and know-how in innovation topics such as automation of production processes, fuel cell technologies, and new training forms.
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