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Lombardia Aerospace Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 23 February, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Lombardia
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Paola
Margnini
Cluster Manager
+39 0332 251000
info@aerospacelombardia.it
Female
Giulia
Fornara
Other
+39 0332 251000
info@aerospacelombardia.it
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
Italian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Technology fields: 
Aeronautical technology / Avionics
Space Exploration and Technology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aeronautics
Space
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
85
Number of SME members: 
77
Number of larger company members: 
9
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
6
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
1
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Leonardo SpA
Larger Company
OHB Italia
Larger Company
Thales Alenia Space
Larger Company
Thales Italia
Larger Company
Secondo Mona
Larger Company
Elettronica Aster
SME
Aerea
SME
Logic
SME
Ase
SME
CNR - IREA
Research Organisation
INAF – ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Research Organisation
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

MISSION

The mission of the cluster is to support and expand aerospace industry excellence in Lombardy through the creation of a network of large firms, SMEs, knowledge system (which includes R&D institutions and universities) and institutional entities aiming to preserve the regional knowledge heritage. It aims to make for every company, especially for SMEs, the membership of the cluster a synonym of “excellence” in the field of technologies, products, industrial and customer services. The increse in company competitiveness occurs through the cluster’s connections also at a European and international level. This may improve companies potential visibility and support SMEs in being present at all major international programs.

OBJECTIVES

  • Promote conditions for the growth of the aerospace companies in Lombardy and the creation of new firms by encouraging partnerships between SMEs

  • Facilitate innovation as fundamental characteristic of the Aerospace District

  • Encourage support to research programs regarding SMEs particularly

  • Catch all opportunities to make strategic collaborations with the major players in Lombardy Region, until preliminary phases in new projects

  • Renew the Supply Chain to ensure the competitiveness starting by the collaboration between the international prime contractors and the regional suppliers

  • Stimulate partnership and marketing by promoting the visibility of manufacturers with the participation in international meetings

  • Qualify as an institutional partner of the Lombardy Region about Industrial Policies issues in Aerospace Business

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Canada
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
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

"Avviso per presentare istanza di riconoscimento di Cluster Tecnologico Lombardo (CTL) e di richiesta di sostegno delle attività funzionali al suo sviluppo e valorizzazione"

Call for official recognition of Lombardy Technology Cluster

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

"H&A MINI-MASTER FOR TECHNICAL INSTITUTES TEACHERS"

Human resources training has always been recognized as central by the Lombardia Aerospace Cluster, for business development of the entire Lombardia aerospace system.

With reference to high school training support, Lombardia Aerospace Cluster signed two Memorandum of Understanding with Regional School Office, Confindustria Lombardia and Regione Lombardia, the first in 2011 and the second in 2014.

Thanks to these agreements, Lombardia Aerospace Cluster, with the support of Education&Training Working Group, launched two editions of H&A Mini-Master, in collaboration with  LIUC-Università Cattaneo, for Technical Institutes teachers, focusing on aerospace issues.

In this way, the Cluster aims to consolidate its participants’ connection with educational Institutions, sharing with teachers the future directions in which the aerospace industry is going and, above all, trying to translate these informations into effective educational actions for the future employment of young people and for the increase of companies competitiveness.

The first edition, in 2011, trained 34 teachers and involved 5 schools, offering a total of 60 training hours; the second edition, in 2015-16, trained more than 23 teachers and involved 12 schools located in the provinces of Milano and Varese, offering a total of 40 training hours, divided into 8 afternoon meetings of which half classroom and half in the companies.

 

"CERTIFICATION PROJECT"

In 2013 Lombardia Aerospace Cluster, with the collaboration of Supply chain Working Group, launched a support program for non-certified SME companies to obtain the necessary aerospace and space certifications (EN 9100, Part 45, Nadcap).

It was assumed that, nowadays, certification represents a fundamental requirement to operate in the industry, due to the international Prime contractors’ renovation of supply chain.

The Cluster’s goal was to map out a common path for SMEs for certification achievement, considering them as a key component of their business and essential to achieve significant competitive advantage. It was based on two broad areas of actions: Training and Tutoring.

The project involved almost 15 companies in tutoring activities and almost 80 employees in training courses.

In 2015 all the 15 involved companies, celebrated the conclusion of the initiative with a total of 19 in coming certifications.

The success of the project lies in the effective collaboration between Large Enterprises and SMEs with a dual purpose: to support the growth and the development of Lombardy aerospace industry, strengthening the existing supply chain relationships, and to provide SMEs with the strength to present themselves independently on international markets.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Lombardia Aerospace Cluster represents the state of the art in the regional aerospace industry and research sector. One of the birthplaces of Italian flight, able to integrate many skills from the production of fixed to rotary wings, satellite avionics, the most qualified materials and equipment systems for flight. An integrated system of companies, technological expertise and advanced scientific capabilities in the aerospace industry.