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Aerospace Valley
Aerospace Valley

France: Occitania
Philippe Lattes

Overview

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About us

Created in 2005, with today 828 members from both industry, including over 550 SMEs, and academia, Aerospace Valley is the most significant innovation competitiviness cluster in France in the field of Aeronautics, Space and Unmanned Systems, in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Occitanie regions. With its ecosystems of excellence – Embedded and Communicating Systems, Structures, Materials and Mechanical Systems, Propulsion and Embedded Energy, Data Engineering and Artificial Intelligence, Industry of the Future, Aerospace Valley drives a supportive, competitive and attractive community, aimed at fostering innovation in view of growth. With 146,000 industrial employees, Aerospace Valley represents around 1/3 of the French aerospace workforce. Similarly, 8,500 researchers and scientists are active within the Aerospace Valley territory, thus representing 45% of French national R&D potential in the aerospace sector. As of October 2019, Aerospace Valley has obtained funding for 619 R&D projects representing an accumulated value of 1.6 billion Euro covering most scientific and technical fields related to the sectors of aerospace. Within the framework of the general French “pôle de compétitivité” program, which aims at stimulating employment by fostering local and regional competencies in technical and economic areas, Aerospace Valley strives to create an ambitious 35-40,000 new jobs by the horizon year 2025.

Since December 2020,  the Institut Aéronautique et Spatial (IAS), aerospace industry agency for international professional training, has merged with Aerospace Valley. Thanks to its network of more than 130 academic, industrial and institutional experts, the IAS has accompanied more than 3,800 professionals (airlines, aeronautical and space industrials, space agencies, civil aviation authorities, armed forces, universities, laboratories or research centers) in more than 100 countries, proposing tailor-made training solutions and support services, in France and abroad.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • On-the-job training
  • Vocational training
  • Mentoring

Cluster composition

  • 828
    Cluster Members
  • 555
    SME's
  • 56
    Large Companies
  • 22
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 195
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Aerospace Valley strongly supports the entire civil aviation value chain by fostering collaborative innovation, training, business development and employment. Beyond aviation the cluster is also active in the sectors of space (both infra and applications), drones & UAV, the defence sector, smart transportation systems or, more transversally, on embedded systems, ICT including AI, or industry 4.0.

Regarding European and international cluster cooperation, Aerospace Valley has been active consortium member of several COSME projects such as EACP-ABROAD (ESCP-4i, coordinator), EACP-EuroSME or more recently SpaceWaves and Space2Waves (ESCP-4i). Aerospace Valley strategically harnesses cross-sectoral and cross-border opportunities offered by emerging industries such as blue growth through its EU-funded (H2020 Innosup 1) projects NEPTUNE, GALATEA. UFO  on or Small Flying Objects. The cluster also aims at facilitating access to global business. Aerospace Valley has also been member of Horizon 2020 CSA-type projects such as ICARe, RADIAN or Sunjet II that all aimed at fostering international cooperation regarding aerospace R&T.

Management team

GIRAUD Eric
Cluster Manager
SCHOENFELD Thilo
Internationalisation Responsible
LATTES Philippe
Internationalisation Responsible
DAVERAN Fabienne
ECCP Responsible Person
SAARI Hanna-Kaisa
Project Manager
NZEH NDONG Aude
Project Manager
PERIER-CAMBY Maude
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Transportation and storage:H51 Air transport
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Aircraft; aviation; cosmonautics - Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Technologies or applications for mitigation or adaptation against climate change - Y\: General tagging of new technological developments:Y04 - Information or communication technologies having an impact on other technology areas
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Aeronautics & environment - Aeronautics & space:Safety & security - Aeronautics & space:Space - Public health & security:Public health & well-being - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable agriculture
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Access to finance: Public funding
Access to finance: Private funding
Advisory Services
Other (please specify)

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - On-the-job training - Vocational training - Mentoring

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG EIT KICs Other

Name & description

National:

  • PIA: Plan d'Investissements d'Avenir
  • ANR: Agence Nationale pour la Recherche
  • BPI : Banque Public d'Investissement

Regional

DIRECCTE Nouvelle-Aquitaine : Direction Régionale de l'Entreprise de la Conccurence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l'Emploi en Nouvelle-Aquitaine

DIRECCT Occitanie : Direction Régionale de l'Entreprise de la Conccurence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l'Emploi en Occitanie

Project name

Former projects:

  • THEISSUE (FP7)
  • CARE (FP7)
  • Apsat (INTERREG SUDOE)
  • Agripir (INTERREG POCTEFA)
  • CANNAPE (FP7)
  • KIS4SAT (FP7)
  • BeAware (FP7)
  • SATURN (CIP)
  • JUPITER (H2020)
  • SPACE2ID (COSME)
  • ESA-GDC (ESA)
  • PERSEUS (FP7)

Ongoing projects:

  • ACCESS4SME
  • ABROAD (COSME)
  • RueAero (COSME)
  • FabSpace 2.0 (H2020)
  • Cosmos2020 (H2020)
  • VIP4SME (H2020)
  • MATHISIS (H2020)
  • CAPADOCCIA (FP7)
  • NEPTUNE (H2020)
  • RADIAN (H2020)
  • Sunjet II (H2020)

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
Chile
Japan
China
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Germany
Belgium
Italy
Portugal
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

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