A strong cluster needs strong allies. Aside from EACP, Hamburg Aviation maintains national and international partnerships and cooperates with clusters from other industries in Hamburg along with other leading-edge clusters and aviation clusters throughout Germany.
International competition in the aviation industry is increasing. International cooperation is the only way in which European locations can fully exploit their innovation potential and reinforce their outstanding position in the civil aviation industry.
The BEAWARE consortium, including Hamburg Aviation, connects leading aerospace clusters and support organisations in Western Europe (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy) with quickly evolving aerospace clusters and strongholds in Eastern Europe (Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Baltic States). Thus, the project creates the necessary conditions for utilizing the existing and emerging potential in the field of Aeronautics and Air Transport for a continuous and sustainable contribution in European aerospace programmes and projects. The project strives towards an ideal state, where an evolvement of new partnerships between aerospace actors from Eastern and Western European countries will not depend on additional EU financing as a main prerequisite to start their collaborative projects in the field of Aeronautics and Air Transport.
One showcase project of the EACP is CARE: Clean Aerospace Regions, sponsored by the European Commission. Ten partners, including eight EACP members, jointly promote research in environmentally efficient technologies and processes for the entire aviation transportation system, thereby increasing European competitiveness. Hamburg Aviation is involved in important aspects of CARE and leads the “Dissemination” work package, which is responsible for the development and implementation of a communication strategy.
In addition, Hamburg Aviation maintains a successful cooperative relationship with the Canadian aviation cluster, Aéro Montréal, and was involved in the project “CANNAPE” (Canadian Networking Aeronautics Project for Europe). The purpose of this project was to deepen the cooperation between the Canadian and European aviation industries in the area of research and development. Also, Hamburg Aviation is in touch with clusters from Brazil and Mexico.
There is a close partnership with the French aviation cluster “Aerospace Valley” from the Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine regions. The common aim is to build a Franco-German network involving aviation companies, schools, universities, and other training and education institutions.
With the "go-cluster: excellent networking!" programme, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) is continuing the active support of clusters and cluster management previously provided by its "Competence Networks" programme. Hamburg Aviation has carried out a benchmarking process as part of the programme and attained the first level of recognition of excellence, the Bronze Medal.