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Hamburg heading to ILA Berlin Air Show 2018

North German states stand side by side at Germany’s biggest air show

Germany’s top air show, the ILA Berlin, opens it’s doors from April 25-29 April, 2018. Hamburg, the largest aviation location in Germany, is heading to the show with numerous exhibitors including major industry leaders, start-ups and small businesses. This year, Hamburg Aviation is jointly responsible for the International Supplier Center (ISC). Representatives of all north German states, including Frank Horch, Hamburg’s Senator of Economics, will tour the show on Thursday (April 26, 2018).

Strong north German presence

The north German states of Hamburg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein are represented in a joint chalet shared with Bavaria at the ILA in the Berlin-Schönefeld ExpoCenter (Chalets West, 10-12). Several north German companies are among the exhibitors at ILA.

This year, the Hamburg Aviation cluster is allowing SMEs to present as sub-exhibitors at the Hamburg Stand (Hall 6/340) for the first time. They include Gurit and Scholz Mechanik and two teams from the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research: the WinDroVe project, which explores the commercial use of drones in the Hamburg Metropolitan region, and the Synergeticon start-up that is developing Industry 4.0 solutions for maintenance and production.

Hanseatic highlights at ILA

Airbus will be presenting it’s efficient long-haul A350 XWB airliner with essential components from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region to trade visitors and the general public. The Emirates Airbus A380 will be on display from April 25-29, 2018 with it’s prestigious upper deck, fitted out in Hamburg with an on-board Business Class lounge, private First Class suites and spa showers. The Airbus Beluga will be on show to the public at the weekend (April 28-29, 2018). Lufthansa Technik and Diehl Aviation will also have stands at ILA. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) will present it’s latest research projects including the findings of Hamburg’s Institute of Air Transportation Systems in climate-optimised flight. The Airbus BizLab will present new approaches to aviation on April 25, 2018 and give insight into the work of the Airbus think-tanks in Hamburg, Toulouse and Bangalore.

Visit by Horch

Commenting earlier on ILA’s presentation as a platform for innovation in 2018, Horch remarked: “Innovation means thinking big thoughts and pursuing new paths. Hamburg aims to become a test lab for future trends and innovations. Entrepreneurs, researchers and manufacturing have to network intensively. The city’s aviation industry is already well advanced on this route, as ZAL in Finkenwerder so impressively demonstrates. The state government created the appropriate framework and environment for this. I am pleased to see that Hamburg’s concepts for the aviation industry of tomorrow have a platform here, and that the states are constructively interacting and exchanging knowledge and expertise.” Horch will join secretaries of state and ministers from four other states at a discussion moderated by Airbus.

Hamburg on show at Hanover Trade Fair

Hamburg is also hosting a second, joint stand at the world’s leading Hanover Fair for industrial technology from April 23-27, 2018 and highlighting the city’s technological clout. The Hanseatic city last held a joint stand at the Hanover Fair in 2003. This year’s Hanseatic exhibitors include numerous scientific institutes, a start-up, a business promoting institute and technology transfer facilities under the theme “Future Hamburg”. Organised by Hamburg Invest, the exhibitors include the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH and the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH).

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