Hamburg Aviation and its successful networking amongst the "Landmarks in the Land of Ideas 2016" prizewinners in the "Germany – Land of Ideas" initiative.

Hamburg, 06 June 2016 - Hamburg Aviation, the aviation cluster of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, is one of the 100 prizewinners in the "Landmarks in the Land of Ideas" competition for 2016. The motto for this year's competition is "CommUnityInnovation", and the association has been recognised for its successful network-building efforts in the Hamburg aviation sector. Together, the 130 members pursue the goal of strengthening Hamburg as a leading aviation location. For the cluster, this is the third renowned and highly respected seal of quality, following on from winning the Federal Leading-Edge Cluster competition in 2008 and being awarded the European Commission's Gold Label in 2014.

With this competition, the "Germany - Land of Ideas" initiative and Deutsche Bank honour ideas that exploit the potential of neighbourliness in the sense of community, cooperation and networking; that focus on working together; and that thereby create added value at a societal level to serve in solving present and future challenges. Hamburg Aviation embodies the motto of the competition. Hamburg is a network of 40,000 highly qualified specialists working in aviation. Together, the many actors cover the entire life cycle of an aircraft. How this can produce mutual benefit is particularly clearly demonstrated with the recently opened ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research - a co-working and research facility for the widest range of players in the aviation industry. ZAL was born out of the cluster cooperation of Hamburg Aviation. The same can be said of the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT), the qualification and training facility for the next generation of aviation specialists.

United for aviation in Hamburg

Members of Hamburg Aviation include Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport, dozens of small and medium-sized enterprises, universities, institutions and research facilities such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF), and the Department of Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation (BWVI).  Working together brings persuasive results: In 2008, the cluster was victorious in the Leading-Edge Cluster Award of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), receiving the honour of being one of 15 German Leading-Edge Clusters. In January 2014, Hamburg Aviation was honoured with the GOLD Label by the European Commission's ECEI Initiative for excellent cluster management. And now the seal for "Landmarks in the Land of Ideas" is yet another renowned honour for the association and its work.

"This award is an acknowledgment of the high level of commitment of Hamburg Aviation, with all its members, to strengthen Hamburg as a centre of aviation and to maintain its world-leading position. The cluster's successful networking projects bring small and large actors within the aviation sector in Hamburg together at one table, making it clear that "together" is better than "alone". We are therefore delighted by a prize that encourages this dynamic cooperation. We see it as an incentive to stick to our flight path," says the President of the cluster, Prof. Dr Joachim Szodruch.

The award will be officially presented to Hamburg Aviation on 13 October, 2016 as part of the 47th Hamburg Aviation Forum.