Canada Cooperation

The aviation Hamburg and Montreal have launched an official cooperation.

Hamburg and Montréal, two of the world's largest aviation regions, have launched an official cooperative research and development program.

Over the next years, the partners on both sides of the Atlantic will conduct joint research with a total of 20 partners involved, including companies of varying sizes, universities, and research institutions in both countries. The project aims to combine the competencies on both continents in the development of innovative new products. The program is part of the New High-Tech strategy of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is receiving government and commercial funding from both Germany and Canada.

Two joint research projects are currently ongoing:

DIMLA Project with International Partners in Montréal


What does digitalization of business models and corresponding applications mean for differently positioned SMEs in the supply chain? There is still a lack of industry-specific differentiations, descriptions and, above all, the actual early integration of SMEs.

The aim of the DIMLA (Digitalization and Internationalization Maturity Level in Aerospace) project is to develop a flexible, adaptive and applicable KPI system that maps relevant indicators for digitalization and internationalization in processes, technologies and organizational forms for the aviation industry. With the help of the KPI system, SMEs in particular should be able to derive their maturity level, to understand the benefits of the defined indicators and the associated potentials of the digital application, and finally to initiate the first implementation possibilities. A consortium will make it possible for some participating SMEs to point out first potential options for action for the development and/or optimization of business models.

The DIMLA project is a German-Canadian collaborative project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). On the German side, the project is managed by a consortium of the partners Hamburg Aviation e.V., Süderelbe AG, Tagueri AG, Hanse-Aerospace e.V., Technische Universität Hamburg (Hamburg University of Technology), DLR as well as Aéro Montréal, École de technologie supérieure, APN and Siemens in Canada.

Your contact for questions: Francine Schulz,, +49 40 2270 19 478

COMP-1633 project:

New fireproof composite components for the cabin

Modern aircraft are not only quieter than their predecessors; they are also lighter and therefore significantly more cost-efficient. One essential reason for this is the increased deployment of lightweight composite fiber materials to replace the much heavier metals used in aircraft construction. In the second German-Canada research project, current production methods of composite materials for the aircraft cabin are to be further optimized. The transatlantic partners want to test new material combinations for their suitability in production and for flammability. The goal: to make composite materials used in aircraft even safer, environmentally friendlier, and lighter. The project is being led by the Comprisetec company in Hamburg and Canada's Kruger Biomaterials. Further partners are Exakt Advanced Technologies, the Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg University of Technology, Pultrusion Technique, Polytechnique Montréal, and the École de Technologie Supérieure Montréal.

Dr. Christian Scherhag - cc-by Hamburg Aviation
Dr. Christian Scherhag
Head of International Affairs

NAIMMTA project:

Quieter aircraft cabins for tomorrow's travels

Today, the noise level in an aircraft cabin is similar to that on a busy motorway. The engines themselves are getting quieter and quieter, but noise and vibration continue to be transferred to the inside of the aircraft via the outer skin of the fuselage, particularly at take-off. The performance limits of conventional insulating material such as glass wool and foam have long since been reached. As a next step, German and Canadian researchers want to investigate the potential of new sound-absorbing insulation - so-called acoustic metamaterials - as a standard approach to in-flight noise reduction. Test sites will include the Acoustics Lab at Hamburg's ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research; the research infrastructure at this facility amongst the most extensive in Europe. The project is being led by ZAL and Mecanum. Other partners are 3M Canada, Airbus, the École de Technologie Supérieure, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Hutchinson Aerospace GmbH, the National Research Council Canada, and the Université de Sherbrooke.

Background to the joint research

The aviation research cooperation between Hamburg and Montréal is an element in the New High-Tech strategy of Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

A total of 12 million euros in funding is being provided for the program between now and 2021, with each country contributing 50 percent. The money is also being contributed in equal measures by government and commercial sponsors. Hamburg's ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research is coordinating the program from the German side, in cooperation with Canada's CRIAQ (Consortium de recherche et d'innovation en aérospatiale au Québec).

The cluster networks in both regions, Hamburg Aviation and Aéro Montréal, also played a defining role in the development of the partnership.