From 28th September to 2nd October the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership organised its annual General Assembly. Due to the unusual circumstances connected to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were forced to held the GA virtually, for the first time since the inception of the EACP network.
The Covid-19 crisis also challenged the aviation industry as no crisis before ever did. The working environment as well as product landscape is changing in order to better answer the new market demand. And so does the EACP.
Thus, we held our General Assembly, conform to the new working conditions. Instead of meeting for one and a half days at one of our cluster members’, we organized a whole week (!) of virtual events. 10 events spread over 5 days guaranteed that our 45 members coming from 18 European regions could work in intense workshops and webinars on the future of the aerospace industry.
With the participation of all 45 clusters to at least one event, we managed that for the first time in our history, every EACP cluster took part at the GA. This was also possible, thanks to our new implemented communication channels, which enable a much faster and agile communication. Such channels have been introduced during the peak of the Covid-19 crisis and are showing their full potential. Establishing reliable, quick, updated and easy to handle communication tools for information exchange, supports our members to its best.
During these 5 days the Working Group leads had the possibility to present the work they have accomplished in the last year to the whole network. In numerous workshops, innovative ideas have been discussed like supersonic business jets, UAV testing structures or the skills and qualifications for the “new normal” in aviation industry. Further, the EACP & European Union project EuroSME held its conclusive meeting in this framework.
As on the one side countermeasures and best-practices in Covid-19 framework have been discussed, on the other side future strategies, products and outlooks have been shown. The interplay between European institutions and strategic players such EACP results to be a key-factor for the recovery of the industry.
Seeing (even if only in virtual rooms), how many cluster teams are actively engaged in developing strategies for the future of the aerospace industry, fosters a certain optimism for the days to come. Being sure that this years’ GA has been a success, we would like to thank all participating cluster for their contribution.
Being a network has never been as important as in today’s difficult times. And this year’s GA has shown, once again, that we will find a way out of this crisis, together.
Hoping to see you all again (face to face) next year in Midlands!
Your EACP team.