When the topic turns to successful joint European aviation projects, the first name anyone thinks of is Airbus. The consortium, which grew out of a political idea at the end of the 1960s, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. But there is another successful European aerospace initiative celebrating a major anniversary at the Paris Air Show, with Hamburg’s Governing Mayor, Dr Peter Tschentscher, in attendance. 10 years ago, with the support of the city of Hamburg, the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) was born.
Since 2009, EACP has been networking and bringing together aerospace regions Europe-wide, providing Europe’s aviation industry with a joint voice, especially in areas that cross borders such as education, research and SMEs. The initiative has grown and today consists of 43 cluster and network organisations from 17 countries. The spectrum encompasses major European aerospace centres such as Toulouse alongside locations in Russia and Turkey. Since being launched in 2009, EACP has managed to secure hundreds of thousands of euros in European funding for network activities. The initiative’s central office has been managed by the Hamburg Aviation cluster from the beginning.
“For 10 years now, the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) has been a glowing example of cross-border cooperation within a given field in Europe. Hamburg has played a formative role in this idea from day one. Underlying this is the concept of bundling and enhancing through cooperation the diverse expertise to be found across Europe. This alone can make us genuinely powerful and internationally competitive in a high-tech environment such as the aviation industry”, said Dr Peter Tschentscher, Governing Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, during the celebrations at the Paris Air Show.
The EACP anniversary, celebrated at this year’s most important air show worldwide in Le Bourget, was attended by political representatives from Hamburg and Brussels, more than 30 members of the initiative, and numerous other network managers from sites outside Europe, including Canada, Brazil and Japan. Hamburg’s Governing Mayor Dr Peter Tschentscher commended the leaders of the five EACP working groups, Internationalisation, Skills, Strategy, Supply Chain and Technology for their dedicated efforts.
The third Global Aerospace Cluster Summit, also organised by EACP, is taking place in the heart of the French capital on Friday 21 June. Speakers at this year’s conference, attended by top-ranking representatives of the industry, include Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation in Québec, and Axel Krein, Executive Director of the European Clean Sky research consortium.