For Europe's aviation industry, it is becoming increasingly important to tap its full innovation potential to stand its ground in global competition. To strengthen the industry's position in a joint effort, Hamburg Aviation has initiated and the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) and coordinates it.
Highly regarded delegates from 24 European aerospace organisations in eleven countries attended the official founding of the consortium and the signing of the Letter of Intent in Hamburg in May 2009. EACP has since grown to include over 40 members from around 15 countries. Partners include the innovative aviation clusters "Aerospace Valley" and "PEMAS" from Portugal, as well as the British "NWAA", clusters with which Hamburg already has bilateral cooperation agreements. The founding of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership was co-financed by the European Commission within the framework of the EU's CLUNET project.
The EACP acts as a platform for mutual exchange, a launch pad for trans-national projects, and a window on the industry. At the same time, it is envisioned that EACP will become a key contact point for the European Commission in all aviation matters. According to Andreas Richter from the Hamburg State Ministry for Economic and Labour Affairs, "our main target is to strengthen Europe's position in the highly competitive global market, especially with regard to our biggest competitors, i.e. the United States of America and the booming growth markets of the so-called BRIC states - Brazil, Russia, India, and China. To achieve this goal, we will not only have to harmonise and expand the European market, but also to enable all participating aviation clusters to achieve peak performances."
The working groups of EACP: