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Flemish Aerospace Group (FLAG)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Sunday, 20 December, 1981
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
EACP
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Kris
Van der Plas
Cluster Manager
+3227067834
kris.vanderplas@flag.be
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
French
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defense
Technology fields: 
Aeronautical technology / Avionics
Aircraft
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aeronautics
Aeronautics & environment
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
69
Number of SME members: 
51
Number of larger company members: 
11
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Our organisation supports the development of aviation and related technologies, improves the visibility of the Flemish aerospace globally aiming for a growing market share.

We cater for our members’ interest on a political level, facilitate networking between our members, develop business opportunities by organising attendance to major business events and aim at a well-functioning triple helix structure.

 

Aviation is at the threshold of a new era. Depending on the segment the growth in the next decades will be important fuelled by passenger growth and supported by new technology developments. The major OEM’s will adapt by building the necessary know-how either by acquisitions, strategic partnerships and/or research and development. The Flemish aerospace industry boasts a broad range of technologies and services well suited to benefit of these upcoming changes. Both our SME’s and multinationals have, or can develop, the innovative know-how in key areas like composites, 3D printing, complex structures in metal alloys,… to gain and strengthen their place in supply chains. Already today our members supply to OEM’s worldwide. For more information about the strengths and potential of the Flemish aerospace industry can be found in a study commissioned by Agentschap Ondernemen and executed by Altran. The study finalised early 2015 and is available at request.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
China
India
Singapore
United States
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: 
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
United Kingdom
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)

FLAG holds the National Contact Point seat in the Clean Sky JU State Representatives Group

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The association grew from 33 to 69 members between June 2014 and October 2017.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The reference for the aerospace industry in Flanders. We have all the contacts in industry and with our governments (regional and national).