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Cluster members celebrate 50th Hamburg Aviation Forum

16.10.2017News about Hamburg Aviation

On 12 October, more than 200 participants from Hamburg’s aviation industry came together for the 50th Hamburg Aviation Forum. The successful networking event takes place three times a year, and the jubilee was celebrated with high-ranking speakers from the political and industrial spheres, looking at topics that will shape the future of the industry.

Celebrating a strong network

The Hamburg Aviation cluster hosts the Hamburg Aviation Forum three times a year at the Hotel Hafen Hamburg. This year's 50th Forum was opened by Dr. Rolf Boesinger, State Councilor in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation in Hamburg. "The effective cooperation between industry, politics and the universities in the cluster, Hamburg Aviation, successfully keeps topics in Hamburg over the long-term," he said, full of praise for the city's globally pioneering cluster policy. Andreas Sedlmayr (BDLI German Aerospace Industries Association) addressed the gathering, too, emphasising Hamburg's pioneering role with Germany's aerospace industry.

Innovative strength from Hamburg

Hamburg's aviation industry is addressing the challenges that are currently shaping the industry by progressively digitalising all areas of activity. Andreas Fehring, Head of Production at Airbus, presented the Airbus "Smart Factory", a vision for a future world of work in which humans and machines work together more and more. This concept will already be reality in the 4th final assembly line for the A320, due to open at Finkenwerder this year. Dr Johannes Bussmann, Chairman of the Executive Board at Lufthansa Technik, also shed light on current and future areas of innovation at the world's leading MRO provider. Hamburg's two new institutes of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), due to open their doors at the ZAL TechCenter in November, will carry the flame for the next "industrial revolution" with the focus on aircraft systems and virtual MRO. Prof. Rolf Henke of the DLR Executive Board introduced the institutes at the Forum as well.

The best thesis for tomorrow's world of aviation

The Hamburg Aviation Young Talent Prize is traditionally awarded at the network gathering as well. For the fifth year of the award there were a total of 32 submissions from 15 universities - united by the common direct link between the student papers and Hamburg's aviation industry. Find out about the 2017 winners here.

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