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Hamburg Aviation e.V.

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 1 January, 2001
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
Winner of the Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Franz Josef
Cluster Manager
+49 40 2270 1953
ECCP Responsible Person
+49 40 2270 19 478
Internationalisation Responsible
+49 40 2270 19 479
ECCP Responsible Person
+49 40 2270 19 478
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Metalworking Technology
Technology fields: 
Aeronautical technology / Avionics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Civil engineering
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Logistical Services
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Optimisation of aviation services; Improving the efficiency of the air transportation system, Aviation-related IT/comm systems
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Larger Company
Lufthansa Technik
Larger Company
Hamburg Airport
Larger Company
Larger Company
Technology Center
Hamburg Universtiy of Applied Sciences (HAW)
Universität Hamburg
Hamburg University of Technology
Cluster Strategy

Together with our members, Hamburg Aviation pursues common goals:

  • Build aircraft
  • Build cabins
  • Optimise air transport systems
  • Provide aviation services
  • Specialize in aviation IT & communications


The outstanding strength of the cluster results from the concentration of companies, universities and research institutions, from the proximity and close networking of Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and the airport, and from the resultant competencies in specific areas such as, for example, cabins and the air transport system, along the entire value chain. Other cluster strengths worthy to mention are the sustainable programmes for attracting the next generation of staff and developing specialist personnel, HCAT as a unique infrastructure for correlating teaching, practice, and research, ZAL as a new focal point for technological competence and application-oriented research, and the strong cohesion and solidarity of the community. All together, these factors lead to an outstanding market presence and high visibility.

Representing the third largest aviation hub in the world, Hamburg Aviation offers

  • platforms for the networking of our members: aviation forums, workshops and symposia
  • collaborations with international clusters and missions to international markets
  • sustainable programs for attracting the next generation of specialist personnel
  • support for the correlation of teaching, practice and research in aviation engineering
  • high-reach marketing and PR measures


    Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
    Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
    Support services provided: 
    Access to the European Internal market
    Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
    Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
    Cooperation Activities
    International Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    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: 
    United Kingdom
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
    Please explain: 

    For Europe’s aviation industry, it is becoming increasingly important to tap its full innovation potential to stand its ground in global competition. To strengthen the industry’s position in a joint effort, Hamburg Aviation has initiated and the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) and coordinates it.

    Highly regarded delegates from 24 European aerospace organisations in eleven countries attended the official founding of the consortium and the signing of the Letter of Intent in Hamburg in May 2009. EACP has since grown to include 34 members from 13 countries. Partners include the innovative aviation clusters “Aerospace Valley” and “Pôle Pégase” from France and Italy’s “Campaniaerospace”, clusters with which Hamburg already has bilateral cooperation agreements. The founding of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership was co-financed by the European Commission within the framework of the EU’s CLUNET project.

    The EACP acts as a platform for mutual exchange, a launch pad for trans-national projects, and a window on the industry. At the same time, it is envisioned that EACP will become a key contact point for the European Commission in all aviation matters.

    International competition in the aviation industry is increasing. International cooperation is the only way in which European locations can fully exploit their innovation potential and reinforce their outstanding position in the civil aviation industry. Right now, Hamburg Aviation ist defining the target regions for future collaboration projects. First projects such as ABROAD (aiming at finding connection points with aerospace regions outside of Europe) or the cooperative relationship with the Canadian aviation cluster, Aéro Montréal, are already its stage of implementation.

    Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
    Niedersachsen Aviation
    AED Portugal
    Aerospace Valley
    Aéro Montréal
    Greater Nagoya Region
    Support Programmes
    Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
    European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)




    European Skills Hub for Aerospace

    EACP ABROAD = Implementation of the Internationalization Strategy for EACP

    RUE AERO = Enhance cluster excellence

    EACP-EuroSME = aerospace inter-cluster smart specialization actions for SMEs competitiveness in the circuluar economy approach


    - Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

    - Internationalization Strategy competition für Leading-Edge Cluster  (BMBF)

    - EEAS (Energy Efficient Aviation Solution, BMBF)

    - Go-Cluster Project "Chemistry Meets Aviation"

    - SiLuFra (BMBF)

    Success Story / Achievements: 

    The players in Hamburg Aviation form a powerful alliance of business, science and politics. Together, they launch initiatives and projects, for example in the research field and in securing a long-term supply of specialist personnel. Together the players in Hamburg Aviation pursue a common goal: to network research and development, thereby bringing to market high-quality products and services for the aviation of the future – products that are good for passengers and set the standards in terms of resource protection.

    In a joint action, Hamburg's aviation stakeholders updated the region's strategy, “A New Kind of Aviation” in 2014. Our strategy is designed to make flying in the future more economical, more ecological, more comfortable, more flexible more reliable, and more connected. To achieve this, the players in Hamburg Aviation concentrate on four product areas:

    • the development and construction of aircraft and aircraft systems
    • the development and construction of cabins and cabin systems
    • the optimisation of aviation services
    • the improving the efficiency of the air transportation system
    • as well as aviation-related IT and communication systems.

    The strategy is convincing: in September 2008 the aviation cluster succeeded in the non-industry specific Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), winning the title of Leading-Edge Cluster as one of only 15 clusters nationwide. Numerous research and development projects, representing more than 80 million euros worth of investment, were being jointly financed, half-half, by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the companies within the cluster. In 2014, the European Commission's ECEI initiative awarded Hamburg Aviation with the Gold Label for Cluster Management Excellence, crowning Hamburg Aviation as one of the 40 best-managed clusters in Europe.

    Today’s cluster, Hamburg Aviation, was born in 2001 as the Hamburg Aviation Initiative. Many things have been achieved since then:

    • In 2002, for the first time, Hamburg hosted the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the world’s largest trade fair for aircraft interior design.
    • In 2007, the famous Crystal Cabin Award for outstanding design was presented as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo.
    • In 2008, Hamburg Aviation won the Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, benefiting from wide-ranging research support.
    • In 2009, the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT) were founded, two institutions that secure Hamburg’s number one position in research and teaching.
    • In 2014, Hamburg Aviation receives the GOLD Label for Cluster Management Excellence by the European Commission, thereby ranking as one of the Top 40 clusters in Europe.
    • In 2015, Hamburg Aviation won the competition for cluster internationalization and received a funding of 4 million Euros in order to develop an internationalization strategy and set up three international R&D&I projects.