The EACP networking hub is a project that was implemented within the framework programme of the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. From October 2011 until December 2013, the project provided European aerospace clusters with a permanent platform for information exchange, policy studies and mutual cooperation. By establishing a coordination office in Hamburg that collected and disseminated information and knowledge among the partners and that coordinated all activities within the network, the ESF Hamburg laid the foundation for a long-term strategy for the international partnership EACP.
Close and continuous cooperation enabled project participants to compare their practices by exchanging and analysing case studies. Throughout this process they established a knowledge base of best practices that was used to improve each cluster’s quality, efficiency, innovation and business performance. Simultaneously, the implementation of best practice concepts ensured the sustainability of the clusters and the overall industry.
The EACP networking hub developed a strategy to strengthen the position of European aerospace clusters in the global aerospace market. In the course of the project a new mission and vision statement were defined.