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AEROSPACE CLUSTER ASSOCIATION
Havacılık ve Uzay Kümelenmesi Derneği (HUKD)

Turkey: Aegean Region
Bilge Karakulak

Overview

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About us

Aerospace Cluster Association” ACA is Non - Governmental Organization (NGO) started its activities in year 2010 in Izmir and grown with the participation of companies as members from all over Turkey in line with the vision to support Turkish Aerospace and Defense Industry’s global integration challenge in manufacturing, engineering, design and in R&D by developing valuable projects to its members as well as enhancing their cooperation with the aeronautical clusters abroad.

The goal of ACA is to move forward with its uninterrupted activities in creating a talent pool for qualified technical personnel by supporting technical vocational training activities along with the mission of Undersecretariat for Defense Industry (SSM) by supporting the development of SME’s in Izmir and in the region in the defense and aerospace industry, and also to foster the cooperation between universities and industry that will create high added value projects.

Vision:

Supporting the efforts for the global integration of the Turkish Aerospace Industries in manufacturing, engineering, design and R&D areas and to ensure that it becomes a Center of Excellence competing in international markets by producing indigenous originally designed products and services based on advanced technology and high quality.

Mission:

With the goal of ensuring Turkey to become one of the world’s leading countries in Aerospace, encouraging all industrial and academic activities and providing support to all the work in these fields.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Vocational training

Cluster composition

  • 74
    Cluster Members
  • 29
    SME's
  • 15
    Large Companies
  • 4
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 26
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

Yalcin Yilmazkaya
Internationalisation Responsible
Mehmet Vacit Sar
Internationalisation Responsible
Osman Okyay
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
None
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Aircraft; aviation; cosmonautics
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Experience Industries

Services

Support services provided

Development of human resources, such as staff mobility, access to training
Other (please specify)

Further information

Aerospace Cluster Association focuses on facilitating the technical and technological development of SME's towards value added manufacturing technologies. On this path, there is national funds provided by Ministry of Economy in the frame of enhancing export rates under 2023 strategies. SME's are able to receive this fund, that is being called "Enhancement of International Competitiveness Project (URGE)", only through clusters. As ACA we have completed one URGE between 2011-2014. Now we are preparing documents for second project with 19 SME's in order to organize trainings, matcmaking events and consultancy activities with %75 support of the Ministry of Economy. (http://www.hukd.org.tr/activities)

ACA is a member of SASAD (http://www.sasad.org.tr/en) and EACP and indirect member of many sector councils, associations, sectoral boards. Therefore it can provide continuous information flow towards its members. (List of direct memberships and signed partnerships http://www.hukd.org.tr/partners

There are ACA members' catalogue and competency matrix that updated oftenly. They provide up to date and clear information about member competencies, qualifications and infrastructure. (http://www.hukd.org.tr/kopyasi-ueyelik-matrisi)

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Vocational training

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020

Name & description

  • EU Life long Learning - Leonardo da Vinci. Project. European skills hub for Aerospace
  • ERASMUS + Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership for VET. Project: Hipair

Project name

  • European Skills Hub for Aerospace
  • Hipair

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Germany
Poland
Portugal
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

As ACA, we have memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Polish and German clusters. there is a strong relationship between ACA and other EACP members since ACA is a very active member that undertakes WG leading roles. By this network, we have participated EU Leonardo da Vinci Project, ERASMUS + Project etc.

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 11.12.2018
ACA AND TURKISH COMPANIES' VISIT TO NAG CLUSTER OF HOLLAND FOR HIGH VALUE COMPOSITES AND THERMOPLASTICS
News Published: 16.05.2018
TURKEY-HOLLAND ADVANCED MATERIALS SEMINAR IN AVIATION AND AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES