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					European Aerospace
Cluster Partnership
Walter Birkhan
Aviation Cluster Hamburg Metropolitan Region
Sept 29, 2010
    Benefit of Cluster Policy for …




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    The EACP – A Cluster Network

     With their (ideally) triple helix structure, clusters have access to a
     variety of competences (including regional governments).
     Joining forces to overcome the fragmented nature of our cluster
     landscape can help strengthen the European position in the world
     markets.
     Cluster managements execute important support functions for the
     companies, researchers, and workers in Europe.
     Networks between regions can create new opportunities for
     knowledge/ best practice exchange and joint action.


     Clusters need a voice in Europe!

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    EACP Goals & Activities
    Overview

      The EACP‘s overall goal is to strengthen the European position in the
      world aerospace markets through clusters.
      As a representative of clusters on a European level, the EACP takes
      various perspectives into account:

     Cluster Management        Cluster Environment          Focus on Industrial
         Perspective               Perspective              Needs / Challenges
    • supporting cluster     • creating awareness for       • helping translate
      managements in their     the potentials of clusters     ACARE goals
      service function for   • addressing aerospace and       (Vision 2020; Beyond
      companies                cluster related framework      2020 – toward 2050)
    • facilitating cluster     issues                         into cluster activities
      funding


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    Members

     Network of
     European
     aerospace
     clusters
     More than 30
     members from
     12 countries
     Founded in
     May 2009 as
     a CLUNET
     Pilot Project
     (Pro Inno
     Europe)

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    Working Structure


                European Aerospace Cluster Partnership



        Working Group          Working Group              Working Group
    Skills & Innovation           Funding             Internationalization
        Lead: Hamburg,       Lead: Aviation Valley,    Lead: Aerospace Valley,
           Campania          ABC-Cluster (Alround)            Hamburg




     Projects    Projects   Projects     Projects      Projects     Projects




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    EACP Goals & Activities
    Cluster Management Perspective
EACP Partner Meetings                       Working Group „Internationalization“
• Exchange of cluster information for       • Deeper investigation and assessment of existing
  increased visibility and knowledge          SME databases
  of potential cooperation partners         • Matchmaking activities and joint EACP coverage
  helps cluster managers serve their          of b2b-events (such as shared booth at ILA-ISC
  companies                                   or Aéromart)
• Best practice exchange                    • Benchmarking of international clusters
                                            • Cluster-facilitated networks of subcontractors
     Cluster Management                 Cluster Environment
                                              and suppliers           Focus on Industrial
         Perspective                        Perspective         Needs / Challenges
                                            Working Group „Skills & Innovation“
    • supporting cluster            • creating awareness for        • helping translate
                                           • Leonardo Partnership: student / intern exchange
      managements in their                   system of clusters       ACARE goals
                                      the potentials with EACP partners in Germany, France,
      service function for          • addressing aerospace and        (Vision 2020; Beyond
                                             Spain, and Italy (more partners to come)
      companies                            • related framework        2020 – toward 2050)
                                      clusterCompetence and Skill mappings: definition of
    • facilitating cluster                                            into cluster activities
                                      issues synergies and complementarities
      funding
                                            Working Group „Funding“
7                                           • Cooperation with EEN Network
                                            • Information on cluster funding opportunities
    EACP Goals & Activities
    Cluster Environment Perspective

    EACP Coordinating Level
    • Delegations to European Commission to emphasize the value of excellent cluster
      management and the need for EU cluster funding
    • Dialogue and relations with other European organizations (EEN, ASD etc.)



       Cluster Management             Cluster Environment          Focus on Industrial
           Perspective                    Perspective              Needs / Challenges
     • supporting cluster           • creating awareness for       • helping translate
       managements in their           the potentials of clusters     ACARE goals
       service function for         • addressing aerospace and       (Vision 2020; Beyond
       companies                      cluster related framework      2020 – toward 2050)
     • facilitating cluster           issues                         into cluster activities
       funding


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    EACP Goals & Activities
    Focus on Industrial Needs / Challenges




        EACP Working Groups
       • Aiming at implementing ACARE goals in
         internationalization,
     Cluster Management qualification, and
                                       Cluster Environment      Focus on Industrial
         research activities in the clusters Perspective
          Perspective                                           Needs / Challenges
    • supporting cluster         • creating awareness for       • helping translate
      managements in their         the potentials of clusters     ACARE goals
      service function for       • addressing aerospace and       (Vision 2020; Beyond
      companies                    cluster related framework      2020 – toward 2050)
    • facilitating cluster         issues                         into cluster activities
      funding


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     Sustainability

      Funding out of own means: each partner covers their
      own expenses (travel + personnel)
      Regional support through EFRE/ ESF means (e.g. ESF
      initiative „Skills and Innovation Hamburg“)

      Goals:
        Obtain funding through projects in Working Groups
        Further cooperate with EU instruments, such as EEN and ESF, to
        help fund specific activities



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     Effects & Outlook

      Effects of EACP for its Cluster Partners:
        Easier access to a larger pool of potential cooperation partners;
        Trans-national cooperation projects, internationalization
        opportunities;
        Larger information / communication network


      Outlook:
        EACP Partner Meetings in the frame of Aéromart Toulouse
        (December 2010) and Aerospace & Defence Meetings Bristol
        (April 2011)
        First FP7 Project Application in the WG „Skills & Innovation“

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     Thank you.




                       Walter Birkhan
                       walter.birkhan@hwf-hamburg.de




                       www.eacp-aero.eu

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            www.hamburg-aviation.de