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Thursday, 05 June 2008
Aviation: Hamburg Goes Indian! Promising cooperation with India – ILA2008 partner country

Hamburg: “A study conducted by Airbus concluded that until 2025 India will have a demand of more than 900 aircraft with 100 or more seats.” The two global players from Hamburg, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, and a number of smaller suppliers have already begun to exploit the arising opportunities for aircraft construction and maintenance. The International Aerospace Exhibition ILA2008, held from May 27 to June 1 in Berlin, is another chance to forge new links and expand cooperation. India is the official ILA partner country and will make a strong appearance at the aerospace trade show.

The country between the Himalayans and the Indian Ocean has aroused the enthusiasm of aircraft manufacturers and their suppliers. “India is one of the largest growth markets for aviation with an enormous potential especially for Hamburg as the world’s third-largest civil aviation industry location,” says Gunter Bonz, Hamburg Aviation Industry Coordinator and State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic and Labour Affairs.

“The Indian aerospace industry is already world class in key areas. We want to cooperate even more closely with India in the future, to develop long-term partnerships from which both sides will benefit,” says Thomas Enders, Airbus CEO and president of the German Aerospace Industries Association (Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V., BDLI). Airbus intends to invest approximately one billion US dollars in projects in India over the next ten years. This includes the construction of an “Engineering Center” with 2,500 employees in Bangalore, as well as a pilot training facility. In keeping with common practice in aircraft production, these investments are partly in return for an order of 43 aircraft placed by the state airline, Indian. However, the European aircraft manufacturer’s biggest individual customer is the privately owned, fast-growing Indian airline Kingfisher; the company has already ordered 71 aircraft from Airbus, including five each of the A380 and A350 types.

There is also great potential in the aircraft maintenance segment. Leading maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider Lufthansa Technik has concluded technical support agreements with the Indian carriers Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways. The increased demand for parts and systems has prompted the Indian subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, One Stop Airline MRO Support, to set up local stockpiling facilities for components and engines, yielding additional savings in time and costs.

Heinkel Engineering is another company engaged in an active dialogue with Indian enterprises. The Hamburg-based personnel and engineering services provider established a branch office in Bangalore in 2006, and is recruiting qualified junior staff for the aviation industry in Hamburg among India’s 1.2 billion inhabitants. “The Indian engineers are brilliant mathematicians and have an excellent knowledge of English,” states Tom Heinkel, head of Heinkel Engineering GmbH & Co. KG and spokesman of HECAS (Hanseatic Engineering & Consulting Association e. V.). Some 200 specialists from India already work for aviation companies in Hamburg, a number that an industry desperately seeking additional qualified employees hopes to see grow further.

Thus, the search for skilled labour is another focal point of ILA2008, apart from India as an aircraft industry location. A number of personnel service providers will be represented at the shared Hanse-Aerospace stand. These companies, as well as the Joint Initiative “Hamburg – The place for Aviation”, will appear at the Schönefeld airport trade fair grounds in Hall 7, Stand 7-340 and at the Career Center in Hall 6a, Stand 114, and will provide information about the Hamburg metropolitan region and the career opportunities in northern Germany’s aviation industry.

The Joint Initiative “Hamburg – The place for aviation”

The Joint Initiative, Hamburg – The Place for Aviation, was founded by Hamburg’s aviation companies, associations, institutions, administration and institutes of higher education. Airbus Deutschland, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport, DGLR, VDI, Hanse-Aerospace e.V., Hecas e.V., the Hamburg Employment Agency of the Federal Agency of Employment, the trade union IG Metall (Coast Section), the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the employers’ association NORDMETALL and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg join forces to promote Hamburg – The place for aviation.

Their common goal is to present Hamburg on a national and international scale as one of the world’s prime locations for the civil aviation industry, with bright prospects for both companies and employees. In recent decades, Hamburg has developed into a centre of excellence for all aspects of civil aviation, offering employment for more than 36,000 people. Thus, the Joint Initiative aims to substantially strengthen this position. Hamburg – The Place for Aviation is a member of Kompetenznetze Deutschland, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.

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