Global Aerospace Cluster Summits

Bringing Global Cluster Managers Together

Held annually since 2017, the Global Aerospace Cluster Summits unite aerospace cluster managers from around the globe by bringing them closer together for a half-day event. The program begins with several keynote speakers from the aerospace industry each presenting for about 15 – 20 minutes on a relevant aerospace topic followed by in depth group discussions on current aerospace and cluster topics. The EACP welcomes all cluster managers to this annual event and we look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces!

Global Aerospace Cluster Summits:

3rd Global Aerospace Cluster Summit

Paris 2019

The European Aerospace Custer Partnership would like to inform you about the 3rd edition of our Global Aerospace Cluster Summit! We are looking forward to hosting this event during the Paris Air show this summer. Many thanks to the Government of Québec for allowing us to hold this exciting international event at their location in downtown Paris! We welcome all cluster managers and individuals that represent an aerospace network and look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces this year.

Please save the date in your calendar! Important information below:


9:00 - 14:00 on the 21st of June 2019


Paris Airshow
Gouvernement du Québec
66 rue Pergolèse
75116 Paris


An Eventbrite link will be sent out several weeks before the Paris Airshow

We look forward to welcoming you to the event!

Pre-Global Aerospace Cluster Summit

Toulouse 2018

Global Aerospace Managers and EACP Members met at Aeromart Toulouse for the GAC-Pre Event to dicuss the upcoming 2019 Global Aerospace Cluster Summit.

Several EACP members met at Aeromart Toulouse where working group meetings took place as well as four new international clusters spiked potential interest in the EACP.  During the afternoon on Tuesday, December 4th, eight EACP members and seven global cluster managers met at Hotel Mercure for the GAC-Pre Event to discuss and plan for the upcoming Global Aerospace Cluster Summit 2019.

EACP Coordinator Francine Schulz began the afternoon with a warm welcome followed by a brief introduction from each manager then recapped the GAC18 by explaining the objectives and purpose of the GAC meetings. Following the introduction and recap, the international group launched into discussions and debate on the upcoming GAC19.  Firstly, the location and date of the GAC19 were confirmed: Paris Le Bourget Airshow in Paris city center on the morning of the 21st July 2019.

Furthermore, the managers were divided into two groups where the first group consisted of participants from Poland, Canada, Italy, Turkey and the U.K. Their discussion topics revolved around the keynote speakers, cluster matching, improving relations between clusters, consolidation (boosting competiveness SME collaboration), and promotion by inviting other global clusters to upcoming events. The second group consisted of managers from France, Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, and Singapore and their discussion topics were about a GAC reception at air shows, how to do business in Asia, gathering international cluster managers together, and a potential, future GAC meeting in Asia (perhaps during the Singapore Airshow).

Everyone during the GAC-Pre Event brought great ideas to the table, which lead to thoughtful and meaningful discussions for the upcoming Global Aerospace Cluster Summit during the Paris Air show this summer.  We look forward to seeing many familiar and new faces at the GAC19!

Save the date in your calendar 21st of June and be on the look-out in the upcoming weeks for the Eventbrite GAC19 Invitation.


2nd Global Aerospace Cluster Summit

London, 2018

In the course of the Farnborough Air Show, the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership organized the 2nd Global Aerospace Cluster Summit. In London, there were 40+ cluster managers present from around the globe from 18 different countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The overall objective was to further develop the linkage between the global aerospace regions to allow more efficient and faster communication paths. By doing so, a construct of multilateral cooperation is aimed for in the form of a global network, stepping away from the current bilateral cooperation.  

The GAC was held in Wax Chandlers Hall in downtown London and the agenda was packed with keynote speakers, group discussions, and a plenary session. 

The morning began with the presentations from Rolls-Royce on Innovation in Regional Clusters for a Global Market; the European Commission on Perspectives of European Commission on International Cooperation in Aerospace, and Boeingon Business Environment and Supply Chain: What Will the Future Bring.

Following the presentations from the speakers, the cluster managers broke into small groups to discussion the topics of: How to cooperate internationally on a cluster management & on a members level and How do you support your companies to push innovation?

After both group discussions, the group moderators summarized the groups’ points during a plenary session. 

The Global Aerospace Cluster Summit was very well received by the participants and there was high level support in the form of speakers and from the industry and the European Commission. 



1st Global Aerospace Cluster Summit

Paris, 2017

During the 52nd Paris Air Show, the EACP-ABROAD project organized the first Global Aerospace Cluster Manager Meeting.

On the 23rd June 2017, 60 international cluster representatives gathered in downtown Paris after a busy week of business meetings to discuss global cluster structures and the idea of building up a global network of aerospace clusters. Industry representatives from 20 countries were present to share their expectations on international collaboration. Participating countries are Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

During the morning, high-level key note speakers shared their views on the aerospace supply chain, research initiatives and funding systems and the engagement of cluster organizations.

  • Rolf HENKE,  ACARE, Chairman and DLR, Executive Board Member
  • Fassi KAFYEKE, Senior Director Strategic Technology and Innovation, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Mark WALKER, Vice President Procurement Strategy and Governance, Airbus SAS
  • Christophe GUICHARD, Clusters, Social Economy and Entrepreneurship, Unit DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Marc PATTINSON, General Manager, inno TSD

They welcomed the idea and motivation of EACP members to expand the activities of this European network at international level.

During the second part of the event, working groups were set up to take the opportunity to share good practices between so many different organizations. Despite having the same goal to support and catalyze the development of the local aerospace industry, all of these organizations have different operating modes which processes could be helpful to share.

Participants expressed their interest in i.a. interchanging the needs of training for upcoming labor, the EACP supporting the establishment of meta clusters on other continents or creating a global cluster communication network through a project. Hence, the keystone was settled for further activities and the event was conclude on the participant’s willingness to repeat this kind of event in the future.

The EACP ABROAD project belongs to the "Clusters Go International" COSME call and is financed by the European Commission DG GROW.




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