The ILA Berlin Air Show will open its doors from June 1-4, 2016 to the international aerospace industry, which ranks as one of the most important industry events worldwide. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region, with 40,000 specialist personnel and over 300 companies making it one of the world’s biggest aviation locations, will also have a strong presence at this year’s ILA. Giants like Airbus will attend as well as numerous suppliers. And Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg and Dr. Rolf Bösinger, State Councillor for Economics, Traffic and Innovation will join the gathering on June 2. The north German states will also have a first, joint presentation this year.
On June 2, north German ministers for economics and state councils are to sign a cross-border agreement to promote co-operation in research, development and innovation in their region. A joint north German stand gives firms, research institutes and networks such as the Hamburg Aviation cluster a common stage allowing allowing Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, Bremen and Lower Saxony to present their intertwining regions of competence.
Scholz noted: “The recently opened ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research clearly demonstrates Hamburg’s great competence in the dynamic aviation industry. As the world’s third-biggest location in the global aviation industry, Hamburg sets the pace for innovation in Germany – with innovations that will be seen in tomorrow’s aircraft. It is therefore completely natural and consistent for the city’s presence to be especially strong this year.”
ILA highlights from Hamburg
Firms and products made in Hamburg will have a strong presence at the fair. Airbus, for instance, will show off its economical long-haul aircraft, the A350 XWB throughout the fair. Many components in the aircraft originate in Hamburg. The flagship A380 will again be on show under the Emirates flag as well as a freshly printed Airbus: The manufacturer is presenting something of the future of aviation with THOR (“Testing High-Tech Objectives in Reality”), a miniature aircraft almost completely produced with a 3D printer, and “Bionic Partition”, a bionic-based, 3D-printed cabin partition.
Lufthansa will also show visitors a new kind of A320. The Hamburg subsidiary, Lufthansa Technik, will also have a stand at the fair. Suppliers will have a chance to network in the International Suppliers Center (ISC). Several small and medium-sized Hamburg-based firms such as Treo GmbH that specialises in environmental simulations can be found there as well.
Focus on Industry 4.0
Founded in 1909, the world’s oldest aviation fair is setting new accents and will focus on Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing and Sustainable Aviation this year. Among the exhibitors is Hamburg’s LZN Laserzentrum Nord which is doing groundbreaking work in 3D printing. This year marks a special occasion at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2016 with the debut of the ILA Startup Day on June 2. The organizers aim to promote innovative start-ups and enable them to network with key players, thus facilitating the integration of outstanding technological solutions into the aerospace industry’s innovation processes. Airbus BizLab will also be represented here by way of the Hamburg start-ups Ideas for Aviation and Synergeticon.