Hamburg Aviation

Awarded as a Leading-Edge Cluster

  • Cluster
  • Networks
  • Milestones

The players in Hamburg Aviation form a powerful alliance of business, science and politics.

Together, they launch initiatives and projects, for example in the research field and in securing a long-term supply of specialist personnel.

Their goals: to network the companies, organisations and institutions of Hamburg Aviation, to promote the development of specialist personnel, to expand knowledge transfer, and to improve the commercial and economic environment. A further aim is to identify and fill gaps in the process chain, to produce innovations and to open up new areas of competency.

The founding members reflect the variety of the cluster: Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport, the associations Hanse-Aerospace, HECAS and BDLI, the institutes and research facilities DLR, HCAT+ and ZAL and Hamburg’s four universities – Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Helmut Schmidt University (HSU) and the University of Hamburg (UHH). The Hamburg Invest Corporation and the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (BWI) have also been members from the very beginning. There are also numerous sponsoring members.

Together, all of these members form the Hamburg Aviation Network. In the Hamburg Aviation Board, members work together to further develop the Cluster’s strategy. The central office of the Cluster operates as Hamburg Aviation Services and ensures the implementation of programmes and measures that have been adopted.

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Hamburg Aviation: Our stakeholders

The stakeholder of Hamburg Aviation
Hamburg Aviation: Our stakeholders

The Networks of the Hamburg Aviation Cluster

The Hamburg Aviation umbrella brand comprises various cluster activities by several initiatives in different areas of responsibility.

Site Development & Services

Within the Hamburg Aviation cluster, activities in the field of “Site Development & Services” are moderated by Hamburg Aviation Office.

Central activities of this field include:

  • Networking

  • Cooperation

  • Marketing & Communications

Moderiert von:

  • Internationalization incl. Coordination of EACP
  • Community Development
  • Transfer of Knowledge

Research & Innovation

Within the Hamburg Aviation cluster, activities in the field of “Research & Innovation” are moderated by ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research.

  • Infrastructures of ZAL TechCenter
  • Exchange & Coordination of R&T Focal Points
  • Aviation Research Network Hamburg (FoLu HH)

Moderated by:

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Skills & Expertise

Within the Hamburg Aviation cluster, activities in the field of “Skills & Expertise” are moderated by the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training Lab.

Central activities of this field include:

  • Designing of future-oriented education landscapes
  • Presentation of portfolios in education
  • Initiatives to foster young talents

Moderated by:

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Supply Chain & SME Services

Within the Hamburg Aviation cluster, activities in the field of “Supply Chain & SME Services” are moderated by Hanse-Aerospace and HECAS.

Central activities of this field include:

  • Advancement and Developmentof the Supply Chain
  • Presentation of Company Competencies in the SME sector
  • Business Partnering

Moderated by:

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Hamburg Aviation’s successes

Today’s cluster, Hamburg Aviation, has achieved many milestones since its founding days:

  • In 2001, the network is founded as “Initiative for Aviation in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region”
  • In 2002, for the first time, Hamburg hosted the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the world’s largest trade fair for aircraft interior design.
  • In 2007, the famous Crystal Cabin Award for outstanding design was presented as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo.
  • In 2008, Hamburg Aviation won the Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, benefiting from wide-ranging research support.
  • In 2009, the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT) were founded, two institutions that secure Hamburg’s number one position in research and teaching. In the same year, the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership EACP is being founded in Hamburg
  • In 2012, the cluster’s umbrella brand Hamburg Aviation is officially unveiled at ILA Berlin
  • In 2014, Hamburg Aviation receives the GOLD Label for Cluster Management Excellence by the European Commission, thereby ranking as one of the Top 40 clusters in Europe.
  • In 2016, the aviation cluster Hamburg was one of the winners of the "Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition.