A strong cluster needs strong allies. Hamburg Aviation maintains national and international partnerships and cooperates with clusters from other industries in Hamburg along with other leading-edge clusters and aviation clusters throughout Germany.
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.
In order to ensure this, in May 2009, Hamburg Aviation initiated the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP). By 2012 there were 38 members from 13 countries. Partners include the French aviation clusters Aerospace Valley and Pôle Pégase along with Campaniaerospace from Italy, with whom Hamburg had already signed a bilateral cooperation agreement.
One showcase project of the EACP is CARE: Clean Aerospace Regions, sponsored by the European Commission. Ten partners, including eight EACP members, jointly promote research in environmentally efficient technologies and processes for the entire aviation transportation system, thereby increasing European competitiveness. Hamburg Aviation is involved in important aspects of CARE and leads the “Dissemination” work package, which is responsible for the development and implementation of a communication strategy.
In addition, Hamburg Aviation maintains a successful cooperative relationship with the Canadian aviation cluster, Aéro Montréal, and is involved in the project “CANNAPE” (Canadian Networking Aeronautics Project for Europe). The purpose of this project is to deepen the cooperation between the Canadian and European aviation industries in the area of research and development.
There is a close partnership with the French aviation cluster “Aerospace Valley” from the Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine regions. The common aim is to build a Franco-German network involving aviation companies, schools, universities, and other training and education institutions.
With the "go-cluster: excellent networking!" programme, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) is continuing the active support of clusters and cluster management previously provided by its "Competence Networks" programme. Hamburg Aviation has carried out a benchmarking process as part of the programme and attained the first level of recognition of excellence, the Bronze Medal.