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Bürgermeister Olaf Scholz (Mitte) eröffnete im Beisein von Brigitte Zypries das Zentrum für Angewandte Luftfahrtforschung © Maxi Klar / Senatskanzlei

More than an aeronautical research center

Aviation research centre (ZAL) opens in Finkenwerder. The research centre will provide 600 jobs on a 28,000 square metre area

Almost 1,000 invited guests celebrated Monday the official opening of the ZAL TechCenter, the world’s most up-to-date civilian aviation research facility, in the Hamburg borough of Finkenwerder.

Important prerequisites

Hamburg’s governing mayor, Olaf Scholz said: “The ZAL TechCenter is a boost to Hamburg’s international research and development profile, well beyond the boundaries of the aviation industry. ZAL is more than an aeronautical research centre. It is a pioneering example of a sustainable and successful concept for cooperation between the commercial and academic sectors.”

Top north German cluster

Aviation research is a driver of a knowledge-based structural change that Hamburg needs, Scholz stressed. Thus, ZAL will promote not only aviation, but the entire city. Hamburg is gaining a top north German cluster and among the leading in Europe. The EU has deemed so-called cluster bridges important and Hamburg has been selected as one of six European model regions for modern cluster policy, Scholz emphasised.

Sources and further information:
Speech by Mayor Olaf Scholz: www.hamburg.de/buergermeisterreden

About ZAL

ZAL – Hamburg’s Center of Applied Aeronautical Research – is the technological research and development network of the civil aviation industry in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It functions as an interface between academic and research institutions, the aviation sector, and the City of Hamburg, and aims to secure and continually expand the world’s third largest civil aviation location in Hamburg. Working closely with the aviation cluster, Hamburg Aviation, ZAL pools the technological competence of the city in a single facility, the ZAL TechnCenter, thereby creating synergy. The research centre has received a total investment of EUR 100,000 and will provide 600 jobs on a 28,000 square metre area. The main focus will be on fuel cells, cabins, air conditioning systems, aircraft manufacturing, acoustics and virtual reality.

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