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Paris Air Show: Innovation through cooperation

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Hamburg Aviation is represented with a stand at the trade fair and is hosting a reception together with First Mayor Olaf Scholz.

Hamburg, 12 June, 2013: The Paris Air Show is being held for the fiftieth time from 17 to 23 June, 2013. Hamburg Aviation is using the world's largest aviation fair to strengthen its network and give a further boost to its motto, "innovation through cooperation". Centrally located at Stand C308 in the Hanse Pavilion in Hall 2a, the Hamburg Aviation crew will provide information on Hamburg as a centre of aviation, on the activities of the aviation cluster, on focal points of research, on training and educational opportunities and on cooperation at regional, national and international levels. For the afternoon of the second day of the air show, Hamburg Aviation and the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, have invited members, partners and guests to a reception.

The Paris Air Show is held every two years at the former city airport of Le Bourget. The Hanse Pavilion, a joint stand from Hanse Aerospace, is 240 square metres in size - significantly larger than it was last time round. For the first time, companies such as P3 Voith Aerospace and ALTHOM will be joined at the pavilion by the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) with its own stand. Bremen's aviation industry is positioned directly adjacent to Hamburg Aviation. Hamburg's First Mayor, Olaf Scholz, will address guests at the Hamburg Aviation reception, followed by Bremen's Minister for the Economy, Martin Guenthner.

Hamburg's First Mayor, Olaf Scholz: "I am delighted by the joint, boundary breaking presence at the Paris Air Show. It symbolises how well we work together in northern Germany. Partnerships are decisive for the development of innovation and for succeeding in a competitive world. In this context, successful clusters such as Hamburg Aviation are of great importance. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has pursued a pronounced policy of promoting clusters for several years. The economy and science work closely together in various industries and throughout the entire metropolitan region. Our clusters, in turn, contribute to sharing expertise with other networks throughout Germany, Europe and the whole world. This is the best possible way to exploit the potential of innovation - for the benefit of the aviation industry, passengers and the environment."

The best example of successful networking is the EACP platform, the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership. The network, launched by Hamburg Aviation four years ago, now includes some 39 partners from 14 countries. A few weeks ago, EACP was one of 13 European partnership networks included in the EU's first call for the European Strategic Cluster Partnership (ESCP). Within the framework of the new EU research programme, "Horizon 2020", ESCP has 120 million euros in funding available over the next six years to support projects across national borders and industrial boundaries. CARE (Clean Aerospace Regions) is another project that was born in the context of EACP.

As numerous EACP members along with the Canadian Aero Montréal cluster are participating in the Paris Air Show, Hamburg Aviation has organised a joint breakfast to take place on the fourth day of the event. This will be followed by a presentation of successful cluster management practices by the CARE partners. "Good cluster structures are the key to focussed and unified development of a location. The aim of CARE is to make the competitiveness of Europe's regions greener by way of sustainable research agendas," says Carola Muschke, Project Manager at CARE in Hamburg and leader of the Dissemination work package, which distributes the project's results. The CARE meeting will also include a discussion of the new European Cluster Excellence Initiative. This programme issues a quality seal for excellent cluster management. Such seals are increasingly becoming a prerequisite for participation in EU projects. Hamburg Aviation already achieved Bronze status in the first round of benchmarking and is applying for Gold this year.