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Shannon International Aviation Services Centre (IASC)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 1 September, 2014
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Technology fields: 
S3 EU priority areas: 
Remotely piloted aircrafts
Transport & logistics
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Logistical Services
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"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Gateway Hub
Co-working Space
Propeller Shannon
Name and link of major players: 
Larger Company
Atlantic Aviation
GECAS Aviation
Larger Company
Eirtech / IAC
Cluster Strategy

The International Aviation Services Centre, IASC, is the business unit within Shannon Group plc tasked with building on the well-established aerospace & aviation cluster at Shannon. IASC helps existing firms located in the region to develop their business, as well as working alongside IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to bring new companies to Shannon. IASC’s work in growing the aviation & aerospace cluster at Shannon, is contributing to developing Ireland’s aerospace capabilities and helping to ensure that the country remains a global centre for the aviation industry.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Details of support services: 

Shannon IASC have three main streams of activity

Education and training:

  • We sit on a number of national steering committees to ensure that fund sources and educational / training efforts are in keeping with the industry training and education needs and aligned to forecasts of the aviation market
  • We provide facilities free of charge which training organisations can use to deliver specialist training when part of a collaborative effort

Facilities and properties

  • With our airport and industrial park property companies we ensure that we have a property portfolio and growth strategy aligned to industry needs. Facilities ranging from hot desks for technical representatives and customers to hangars
  • We actively engage with all our cluster to share keep them updated on developments and engineer highly flexible solutions for them that cross land and airside barriers.

Networking and collaboration

  • We at host at least four major networking events a year
  • We try and ensure that at every networking event there is an opportunity for businesses to announce new product or versatilities and for new businesses to make themselves known.
  • In so far as practicable we sponsor and promote other aviation events particular in the space of youth education, community events and higher education student bodies involved in aviation.
  • When strategically aligned to our clusters growth strategy and company objectives we will exhibit or attend various trade shows and conferences on our clusters behalf.
  • We link our cluster members to other state bodies which may have otherwise for them to be difficult to do.
  • Our propeller business accelerator scheme in collaboration with Boeing, the Irish Aviation Authority and Datalex helps startup aviation businesses from anywhere in the word get the mentoring and business development opportunity to help enable the startup process to succeed.  
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: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Aerospace Valley France
Aerospace Wales Forum
Aerospace Defence and Space Group NI and Britain
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)

Aviation Skillnet - Funded nationally by the Higher Education Authothoity

Springboard Plus - Funded nationally by the Higher Education Authothoity

Enterprise Ireland - We are an Enterprise Ireland supported organisation. 

Success Story / Achievements: 

We are very proud of the launch of our Propeller Shannon Accellerator Scheme. Launched in 2018, this scheme is a collaboration between Shannon IASC, Enterprise Ireland, Boeing, the Irish Aviation Authority and Datelex, To date it has helped nearly twenty startup aviation businesses from all over Europe. Our recent projects by our property division include a 3000m2 warehouse and a 6000m2 office block, currently underway is our A380 8500m2 paint hangar which will be completed in 2019. 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We provide access to a community of aviation businesses stretching across the value chain of aviation which we work hard to promote internally and to the global platform. Our property portfolio facilitiates growth and development and our eductation and training efforts ensure a healthy talent pipeline to meet those grwoth aspirations.