AEROSPACE VALLEY

Organisation Profile

Aerospace Valley is a bi-regional non-profit competitiveness cluster dedicated to aeronautics, space and embedded systems. With its main office located in Toulouse, and a local office in Bordeaux, the cluster covers two geographically adjacent regions in the South-West of France: Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine.

Aerospace Valley gathers 780 members from industry and research including 450 SMEs as well as large corporate groups and OEMs, the major aerospace research establishments, engineering schools and local authorities. Overall, Aerospace Valley represents 1/3 of the French aerospace workforce totaling over 120,000 industrial employments..

In terms of R&D activities, a total of 8,500 researchers and scientists are active on the Aerospace Valley territory: this represents 45% of the total French national R&D potential in the sectors of aeronautics, space and embedded systems.

Aerospace Valley has developed extensive links with other European and international aerospace clusters, including taking part in the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) network as coordinator of the working group “Internationalization”; within the Sunjet II project Aerospace Valley actually acts on behalf of the entire EACP-network. In the past Aerospace Valley was an active consortium member of the international FP7 projects EU-AEROAFRICA and CANNAPE through which relations with foreign clusters have been deepened over the past few years, while bilateral cooperation agreements have been signed internationally with, amongst other, aerospace clusters in Montreal, Sao José dos Campos or in Europe.

Aerospace Valley has been nominated as National Contact Point for the thematic areas transport, space and SME activities under the running Horizon 2020 program.

Finally, Aerospace Valley's expertise has recently been awarded the Gold Label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).

Role in the project

In the frame of Sunjet II Aerospace Valley will be in charge of the 5th pillar, Task 4.5 on the “R&T Cooperation between Clusters” with the main objective being the representation of SME that are member of these clusters. In this task Aerospace Valley will represent the entire European EACP-network. The work will essentially consist in the identification of existing R&T cooperation between European and Japanese clusters and SMEs and, in a second phase, the elaboration of strategic roadmaps.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 640480

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The consortium is working in close cooperation and supported by Japanese mirror organizations, including the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies (SJAC), the Japan Aircraft Development Corporation (JADC), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the University of Tokyo and Chubu Aerospace Industry and Technology Center (C-ASTEC).

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