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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 29 July, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Puglia
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Other Label: 
NA
Please Specify: 
NA
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Giuseppe
Acierno
Cluster Manager
Manuela
Matarrese
ECCP Responsible Person
manuela.matarrese@dtascarl.it
Antonio
Zilli
ECCP Responsible Person
0039 3288674877
antonio.zilli@dtascarl.it
Antonio
Zilli
Internationalisation Responsible
0039 3288674877
antonio.zilli@dtascarl.it
Languages spoken: 
English
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Aircraft
Propulsion
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aeronautics
Remotely piloted aircrafts
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Helicopter, composite materials, advanced manufacturing, product design and simulation, new generation turboprop, ipersonic A/C, ATM&C, aerospace-based services
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
18
Number of SME members: 
5
Number of larger company members: 
6
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
0
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
LEONARDO
Larger Company
CETMA
Research Organisation
UNIVERSITA' DEL SALENTO
University
AVIO AERO
Larger Company
ENGINSOFT
Larger Company
PLANETEK
SME
POLITECNICO DI BARI
University
UNIVERSITA' DI BARI
University
SALVER
SME
SITAEL
SME
BLACKSHAPE
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale (DTA) was created in 2009, today it count 18 members from both industry and academia. DTA is one of the most active Italian aerospace cluster organizations. Its office is settled in Brindisi (Apulia, Italy), while the cluster covers the Apulian region. With about 6000 employees (research and industrial), Apulia is the fourth region in the national ranking for the economic impact of the aerospace sector. Currently 8 projects nationally funded and 2 projects funded through FP7 and H2020 are on-going for a total value of about 50M€, they focus on research and development of innovative technologies in quite all fields covered by the regional system (innovative materials, production processes, propulsion, space technologies, digital innovation, ...).

As the regional aerospace system has weak ties with European and global partners, mainly flowing through the few largest enterprises, the DTA has the mission to enact the growth of the whole system, in particular in the technology and innovation competences and capabilities, so to reach the European and global level.

Five long-term objectives are pursued to realize this mission:

1) the development of local infrastructure nurturing European research and development initiatives (the Grottaglie Airport Test Bed, among others);

2) the diffusion of the innovation culture enabling continuous technology flow from universities to research organizations and to enterprises;

3) bridging the gap among education programs, research organizations, industrial players, governmental agencies and local and national governments;

4) the creation of high competent work force directly managing a number of initiatives and projects spanning from educational consultancy and internships to high education programs and long life programs;

5) the internationalization of local enterprises.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Albania
France
Germany
Greece
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Corallia
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
INTERREG

PON R&C Former projects ASIA MALET

TASMA

On-gonig projects MEA MAIPCO APULIA SPACE TEMA SPIA DITECO MASTCO SMEA

FP7 PRACTICE - Provacy-Preserving Computation in the Cloud

H2020 TOREADOR - Trustworty model-aware analytics data platform

INTERREG ADRIONSAT - Development of a high impact/growth space ecosystem for the Adriatic-Ionian Area

National

  • PON R&C - Piano Operativo Nazionale Ricerca e Competitività (National Operative Plan Research and Competitiveness).

Regional

  • Cluster tecnologici regionali (Regional Technology Cluster).
Relevant Project References: 
Various international Memorandum of Understanding and bilateral programmes of collaboration
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Distretto Tecnologico Aerospaziale strongly supports the civil aviation value chain by fostering collaborative innovation, business and employment. Apulia, the region in which DTA operates, is the fourth Italian region with respect to the impacts of the aerospace industry, in terms of employment and value creation.

As an example of success story, DTA was able to involve the local aerospace system, the regional government, the national government, the Italian Civil Aviation Authority, as well as other national aerospace players in the institution and development of a Airport Test Bed with the objective to foster regional and national aerospace industry. A segregated flight area was acknowledged for testing and certifying General Aviation and Remotely Piloted Airvehicle Systems.

Now, public and private national and regional actors are strongly committed to the development of the infrastructure in an european framework.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Because we are leading the regional aerospace system in hard challenges in a systemic way.

Public instritutions, public and private research organizations and private companies are strongly committed to make Apulian aerospace network a main European player.

The regional aerospace system is composed of infrastructural resources (Grottaglie airport test bed, advanced research laboratories on innovative tipics, strong relationship among local actors), research organizations equipped with the most advanced competence on aeronautic, propulsion and space fields, international companies developing new technologies and products, and a number of a smart SMEs involved in research and innovation initiatives capable to face hard challenges.