The aerospace industry is currently experiencing profound changes. With new players such as India, Brazil and Russia entering into the market, global competition is steadily on the increase. Whilst long-term growth predictions are generally positive, continued success can only be achieved by those who excel at developing and implementing innovative product and service concepts, particularly with regard to environmental and ecologically sustainable issues. In order to serve the global market and sell technologically highly specialised products, cooperation between companies as well as entire regions is essential. It is only in a cooperative environment in which partners interact and give and take on an equal basis that a win-win situation can be achieved.
With a strong foundation based on experience and trust, cooperation within EACP is taken to a higher level. This includes the establishment of a common place for work, qualifi cation, and scientifi c research for all players within the European aerospace industry.
EACP was established in 2009 within the framework of CLUNET, a PRO INNO EUROPE project that not only encouraged the exchange of experiences, but also supported the implementation of concrete pilot projects regarding cluster innovation and development policies. Within fi ve years, EACP has developed into a permanent partnership between collaborating European aerospace clusters. Although limited to the aerospace industry, the partnership also serves as a benchmark project for other industry sectors.
In 2013, EACP was recognised by the European Commission as one of 13 „European Strategic Cluster Partnerships“ (ESCP). With this award, the Commission acknowledges EACP’s eff orts to improve global competitiveness by supporting pan-european collaboration and implementing joint strategies needed to enter new markets outside of Europe.
By establishing closer inter-cluster relations to provide added value to the overall market, EACP shapes the relationship between clusters, industry stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, EACP stimulates the creation of innovation, thus aiming to strengthen the EU’s overall position within the global aerospace market.
EACP membership is open to aerospace clusters in Member States of the Euopean Union and adjacent countries. In order to be admitted to the network, a member must represent all segments of the regional aerospace sector, including industry, R&D and administrative bodies. The main focus should be in civil aviation, with a minimum of 60% of the represented stakeholders.