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Hamburg Showcases Its Expertise in Aviation at the Paris Air Show

Hamburg's First Mayor to visit the Hamburg stand at Le Bourget. More than 20 companies from the Hamburg metro region to participate at the lead fair

From 15-21 June, the 51st International Paris Air Show will be returning to Le Bourget. Next to industry players from all over the world, also Hamburg’s global leaders Airbus and Lufthansa Technik will be showcasing innovative products and developments along with more than 20 other companies and institutions from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region to more than 300,000 visitors.

Hamburg Reception with Hamburg’s First Mayor

On Tuesday, 16 June 2015, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD) will be hosting an official reception for invited guests at the booth of the Hamburg Aviation cluster, located in Hall 2A (C286). Hamburg’s head of state will then speak with high-ranking representatives of companies and associations while visiting the fair. In the course of the fair, Hamburg Aviation will actively pursue its globalisation strategy and extend the city’s and region’s international network. A twelve million euro transatlantic collaboration with the Montreal region is currently being developed (as reported by Hamburg News, with funding from the German federal government. In the future, Germany’s biggest aviation location will also be working together with Nagoya in Japan.

Strong Presence at Le Bourget

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region will have a strong presence at Le Bourget. Hamburg’s largest employer, Airbus, will be one of the most important exhibitors at this year’s Paris Air Show, presenting new technologies along with two A350 XWB and A380 aircraft each also participating in the fair’s flight demonstrations. The A380 is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with record figures: more than 80 million people have been transported by the ultra-large aircraft since its maiden flight in 2005. Le Bourget will also be once again the place of competition betwween Airbus and Boeing. Which one will be able to collect most of the orders during the fair? A key indicator will be the short and medium-hall A320neo. Half of the future production of 50 aircraft per month will come from Finkenwerder in Hamburg.

Lufthansa Technik to also focus on Long-Haul Aircraft

Lufthansa Technik, with 8,000 employees the region’s second-largest employer in the aviation sector, is also represented at Le Bourget, also focussing on the long-haul Airbus A380 and A350 XWB aircraft. In May, the first European A350 customer, Finnair, signed a contract with the Lufthansa MRO specialist on the provision ofcomponent supply. In total, more than 20 companies and institutions linked to Hamburg are exhibiting at Le Bourget, including the cabin specialist Diehl Aerospace and the suppliers’ association Hanse-Aerospace.

International Network to be Expanded

The Hamburg Aviation cluster and Hamburg’s ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research will be exhibiting at the Hamburg stand in Hall 2A, C286. From January 2016, up to 600 people from various companies and institutions will be jointly researching the future of flying at the ZAL TechCenter on the banks of the Elbe river. Hamburg Aviation’s stand is not just a point of contact for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region; it will also be a meeting point for international contacts. Next to European networking within the framework of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP), the focus will be on Canada and Japan. A new collaboration agreement will see Hamburg Aviation working closely with the Montreal aviation region. Twelve million euros will be allocated to joint projects over the next five years, with more than three million euros provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the frame of its high-tech strategy. Furthermore, Olaf Scholz will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Japanese region of Nagoya, home to companies such as Mitsubishi, to enhance Hamburg Aviation’s global networking and exchange.

Successful Cluster Policy

“Today, Hamburg is one of the world’s leading aviation locations, employing more than 40,000 highly qualified people in specialist careers,” emphasises Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz (SPD). “This development can be attributed to our successful cluster policy, where the commercial and academic spheres work together hand-in-hand and targeted support is given to international networking. It is our goal to establish connections for Hamburg’s expertise across industrial and national borders, to further extend that expertise, and to strengthen innovation. Already today, the success of Hamburg Aviation demonstrates the potential that can be released with sound networking.”

Global Lead Fair

In total, the 51st Paris Air Show is expecting around 140,000 specialist visitors and almost 180,000 other guests during the convention. More than 2,000 exhibitors from over 40 countries will be present at the fair covering almost square metres.

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About Hamburg Aviation

With more than 40,000 highly qualified personnel, Hamburg Aviation is one of the biggest locations in the world’s civil aviation industry. The two giants of the industry, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, are joined by Hamburg Airport and more than 300 suppliers, as well as a variety of scientific and technological institutions. Every one of them contributes know-how and expertise. 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. Hamburg Aviation concentrates on five product areas: the development and construction of aircraft and aircraft systems, the development and construction of cabins and cabin systems, the optimisation of aviation services, improving the efficiency of the air transportation system, and aviation-related information and communications technology. In 2008, Hamburg’s aviation cluster was honoured by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as a Leading-Edge Cluster. In 2014, Hamburg Aviation was honoured with the GOLD Label by the European Commission’s ECEI Initiative, recognising it as one of Europe’s best managed clusters.

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