Hamburg and Quebec intensify Research Cooperation

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The major aerospace research hubs of Hamburg and Montreal are expanding their collaboration. In the presence of leading representatives of the two regions, including the Deputy Premier of Québec, Dominique Anglade, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed at the Farnborough International Airshow. This makes it possible to expand the existing research cooperation between the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research and its Canadian partners, CRIAQ and CARIC, in fields that include aircraft cabin acoustics and composite fiber materials.

The (MoU) commits to work on joint and complementary technological areas of focus, along with the intention to establish one joint research project per year and to bring the respective research communities closer together at events like the annual ZAL Innovation Days and the biennial International Aerospace Week in Montréal. The MoU was signed by Denis Faubert (President & CEO of CRIAQ and CARIC), Alain Aubertin (Vice President of CRIAQ and CARIC), Roland Gerhards (Managing Director of ZAL) and Joachim Edel (Manager of Innovation at ZAL), in the presence of Québec’s Deputy Premier, Dominique Anglade, and Hamburg Aviation’s Managing Director, Dr Franz Josef Kirschfink. The agreement between CRIAQ, CARIC and ZAL is built on a Memorandum of Intent signed at Farnborough  in 2016 by Hamburg Aviation and Aéro Montreal representing the clusters.

“CRIAQ and CARIC are particularly pleased with this agreement, which reinforces the existing relationship between our organizations, whose mission is to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry and to improve the collective knowledge base, and our german partner ZAL” says CRIAQ and CARIC President & CEO Denis Faubert. This cooperation, already tangible by two ongoing projects and several in development, is the result of an intensive work of connecting partners and aligning financing mechanisms. In this regard, I thank the Ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’innovation of Quebec for the  PSR-SIIRI Aero Program to fund projects.”

“Hamburg and Québec are two of the global aviation industry’s most important metropolitan regions, and their competency areas are complementary. Our facilitator for research and innovation within the Hamburg Aviation network, ZAL, has been delivering outstanding service in applied aeronautical research ever since it was opened, and the productive collaboration with Canadian partners demonstrates once again the effectiveness of the ZAL concept of an open and cooperative innovation culture. Aeronautical research is teamwork. We can only achieve our goals if we work together,” said Hamburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Senator Frank Horch, commenting on the signing in Farnborough.

“I am proud of the concept behind the ZAL TechCenter, putting the idea of ‘Open Innovation’ in the foreground regardless of the research field. Without this, many projects would not even be possible. Our high-tech infrastructures mean that we are ideally positioned to work on relevant topics. The expansion of our transatlantic cooperation, as firmed up in today’s MoU, provides us with priceless knowledge and expertise that we can extend together with our Canadian partners. This enables us to achieve lasting improvements in aviation,” says ZAL Managing Director and CEO Roland Gerhards of the research cooperation with Canada.

Transatlantic research started in 2017

The regions of Hamburg and Québec, two of the world’s biggest aviation sites, have been cooperating on research and development since the end of 2017. In one research project, led by ZAL, partners on both sides of the Atlantic are developing concepts for new insulation materials to make air travel quieter for passengers over the long-term. In another project, led by the German company Comprisetec, the networks are researching fireproof composite fiber components together. The aim is to make composites used in aircraft safer, environmentally friendlier and above all lighter. A third cooperative research project is currently being planned. The program, part of the high-tech strategy of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is receiving government and commercial funding from both Germany and Canada.

ZAL together with Hamburg Aviation in Farnborough

The agreement between the research partners on both sides of the Atlantic was signed at the world’s largest aviation trade fair in 2018, the Farnborough International Airshow (16 – 22 July in Farnborough, near London). For the second time, the ZAL Center for Applied Aeronautical Research is exhibiting here together with the Hamburg Aviation cluster. They are represented at the Hanse Pavilion (Hall 4/41445) together with companies from the metropolitan region, Synergeticon, jetlite and APC (Aircraft Performance Company). The Hamburg Stand is also the point of contact for the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP), which is coordinated from Hamburg, and the Crystal Cabin Award.