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Excellence in aviation, aerospace, and space applications

Bavaria is one of the most prestigious aviation and aero­space locations in Europe. Approximately 38,000 employ­ees generate a turnover of more than €11 billion a year. Bavaria stands for total system capacity and covers the complete value chain in the civil as well as military avi­ation and aerospace segments – from research and de­velopment to production to in-service support and service providers, such as users of aerospace data.

The enterprise landscape ranges from small innovative suppliers to multinational groups; with 18 Bavarian re­search institutes and universities, the research infrastruc­ture is optimally formed. An extensive start-up community is developing in Bavaria, benefiting from good contacts with customers and clients as well as extensive support on the way to market entry.


Objectives and focus areas

Aviation, aerospace, and aerospace applications are im­portant growth and innovation drivers for the Bavarian economy. bavAIRia e. V. headquartered in Oberpfaffen­hofen has extended its cluster management with over 320 members since it was founded in 2006. The predomi­nant objective is to increase international competitiveness of the industry in Bavaria. Prioritized action fields include strategic direction, technology transfer, marketing/interna­tional visibility, supply chain management, and the training and further education of specialists. Various event formats are offered, such as working groups, seminars, and ba­vAIRia business breakfasts devoted to current topics, for example, digitalization, project management, and export control.

Current key topics in aviation

  • Networking industry players on current topics
  • Pursuing current issues under Bavaria’s aviation/aerospace strategy (unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), supply chain management, Copernicus, GNSS)
  • Knowledge and technology transfer
  • National and international projects with Bavarian industry partners and research institutions

The cluster has an extensive network of contacts with companies, research institutions, ministries, public author­ities, aerospace agencies, and cluster organizations both domestically and abroad, which is used in particular to support internationalization.

[Translate to English:] Johann Heitzmann

Johann Heitzmann

Cluster Spokesman
President HeiTechConsulting

[Translate to English:] Andreas Gundel

Andreas Gundel

Cluster Spokesman
Head of New and Cross-Sector Technologies

[Translate to English:] Frank Negretti

Frank Negretti

Cluster Spokesman
Partner FUTURE – Die Unternehmensentwickler GmbH; Partner HEADSAHEAD GmbH

[Translate to English:] Peter Schwarz

Peter Schwarz

Cluster Managing Director