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Baden-Württemberg presents its strong aerospace supply industry at ILA 2012

Stuttgart/Berlin– The Forum Luft- und Raumfahrt Baden-Württemberg e.V. (LR BW) and Baden-Württemberg International (bw-i) are joining innovative compa-nies from the southwest to present Baden-Württemberg as a location for industry and science in the International Supplier Center (ISC) in hall 6 (stand 6224) at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) in Berlin from 11 to 13 Sep-tember, 2012. ILA, the Berlin air show, is one of the world's most important platforms for the aerospace industry.

Jürgen Oswald, managing director of bw-i, is convinced that "Baden-Württemberg can use the opportunity provided by the ILA show to present itself to an international public as an excellent location of innovation and production for the aerospace industry." The aerospace sector changes continually and is always on the look-out for interesting innovations, whereby its characteristic feature is its combination of different technologies. Parts-suppliers use their expertise gained in the areas of automotive engineering, textiles, information and communication technology and mechanical engineering to expand the domain in which they can apply their knowledge practically. "Baden-Württemberg has a highly variegated parts-supply industry, whose products and services are appreciated by many international customers due to their innovativeness, quality and dependable reliability. Thanks to its diversified landscape of industry and research, the southwest can offer optimum starting conditions", said Prof. Dr. Rolf-Jürgen Ahlers, chairman of LR BW, in his comments on the trade show. Rapid technical progress and the international competition in aerospace engineering, however, are constantly pushing companies to new levels of achievement. Frequently, cooperative ventures are the only way of doing this. 

A special highlight will be the visit of the deputy minister president and minister of finance and economics, Dr. Nils Schmid MdL, on 12 September. In the afternoon, the minister will be attending to find out about the current situation of the industry and its outlook for the future, especially in respect of how this concerns the medium-sized suppliers to the industry that are located in Baden-Württemberg.

Aerospace has a long tradition in Baden-Württemberg: pioneers such as Zeppelin and Dornier began to put their ideas into practice 100 years ago, thus creating important milestones in the history of modern aerospace. This spirit of invention is still to be found today among the many small and medium-sized companies that are active in the aerospace sector. Baden-Württemberg companies were also involved in space technology from the very start, introducing innovations on the highest level over the past 50 years. In 1962, Dornier set up its own space division and developed it into the present-day competence centre for scientific and weather satellites.

Today, many high-tech aerospace products come from Baden-Württemberg: systems for helicopters and commercial aeroplanes, scientific satellites and vernier engines, guided missiles and radar technology, cabin equipment for commercial air carriers as well as new types of airships and gliders. Due to its expertise in lightweight construction and maximisation of energy efficiency, Baden-Württemberg's aerospace engineering sector drives technological development and also has a very positive impact on many other branches of industry. In aerospace engineering, long service life as well as maximum energy efficiency are fundamental requirements. In this way, the automotive, engineering , medical, electronics and communications technology sectors as well as many other branches of industry profit from the great innovative strength of the aerospace sector.

This innovative strength is primarily derived from the highly developed and closely networked landscape of universities, colleges and research institutions, which provide important ideas for industry and, what's more, are a source of highly qualified workers. In addition to the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie KIT, and other universities and research institutions belonging to the alliance of innovation between Baden-Württemberg and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Stuttgart university in particular occupies a very important position. It has the largest aerospace faculty in Europe and, year after year, provides approximately 80 per cent of all graduates that specialise in space engineering and approximately 30 per cent of all graduates majoring in aviation.

The following companies will be participating in the joint Baden-Württemberg stand:

  • ASG Luftfahrttechnik und Sensorik GmbH
  • AXON´Kabel GmbH
  • Becker Flugfunkwerk GmbH
  • Beutter Präzisions-Komponenten GmbH & Co. KG
  • FAN - Future Aerospace Network
  • Hirschmann GmbH
  • HS-Technik GmbH
  • HWG Horst Weidner GmbH
  • Johann Maier GmbH & Co. KG
  • LEWICKI microelectronic GmbH
  • MICCAVIONICS Defense Systems GmbH
  • Schwäbischen Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH
  • Verocel GmbH, der Witzenmann GmbH
  • Zollern GmbH & Co. KG
  • as well as friendly Swiss representatives of the industry such as the swiss aerospace cluster, BWB Holding, the university of Lucerne and Solenix.

 

Person to contact

Jasmin Flechsler
International Fairs in Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)711 22787-43
Fax: +49 (0)711 22787-97
E-Mail: jasmin.flechsler(at)bw-i.de



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