Excellence in aerospace and space applications

Bavaria is one of the most prestigious aerospace locations in Europe. Approximately 38,000 employees generate a turnover of more than €10 billion a year. Bavaria stands for total system capacity and covers the complete value chain in the civil as well as military aerospace segments – from research and development to production and extending to service and support.

The enterprise landscape ranges from small innovative suppliers to multinational groups; with 18 Bavarian research institutes and universities, the research infrastructure is optimally formed.


Objectives and focus areas

Aerospace applications are important growth and innovation engines for the Bavarian economy. bavAIRia e.V. headquartered in Oberpfaffenhofen has extended its cluster management with over 280 members since it was founded in 2006. The predominant objective is to increase international competitiveness of the industry in Bavaria. Prioritized action fields are technology transfer, marketing/ international visibility, supply chain management, in the training and further education of specialists, as well as internationalization. Various event formats are offered, such as working groups, seminars, business breakfasts devoted to current topics, for example, digitalization, 3D print or project management, and export control.

Key topics in aviation

  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
  • Supply chain management
  • Initiatives for innovation and cooperation

Key topics in space travel

  • Copernicus (global monitoring for environment and security)
  • SatNav applications (e.g. in the areas of tourism, traffic, air pollution control, environment and health, agriculture and forestry)
  • Legal and financing issues

Moreover, international projects are executed with partners from Bavarian industry and research institutes. The cluster has an extensive network of contacts to companies, research institutes, ministries, and government agencies in Germany and abroad which is used to support its internationalization.

[Translate to English:] Johann Heitzmann

Johann Heitzmann

Cluster Spokesman
Chairman of the board of bavAIRia

[Translate to English:] Andreas Gundel

Andreas Gundel

Cluster Spokesman
Member of the board of bavAIRia

[Translate to English:] Frank Negretti

Frank Negretti

Cluster Spokesman
Member of the board of bavAIRia

[Translate to English:] Peter Schwarz

Peter Schwarz

Cluster Managing Director