Aerospace Valley


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Aerospace Valley

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies Large companies: 100; SME: 400
Number of employees Accumulated: 130,000 employees in industry including SME
Number of research institutes Research: 80

Cluster Management

Organizational form Association LOI 1901
Financing 1/3 French National State
  1/3 Local and regional authorities
  1/3 Membership fees

Main Actors

Main industry actors
  • OEMs: Airbus, Dassault-Aviation, Stelia Aerospace, Thales Alenia Space, Airbus Defense and Space, SAFRAN, Turbomeca, …
  • Alstom, Freescale, Continental Automotive, Thales Avionics, Goodrich, Rockwell-Collis, …
  • equipment suppliers: Alema, Creuzet, EADS Sogerma, Exameca, Labinal, Latécoère, Liebherr Aerospace, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Potez Aeronautique, Ratier Figeac, SAFT, …
  • Main research institutes Research centres: ONERA, INRIA, CNES, CEA, CERFACS, …
      Universities and Grand Ecoles: ISAE (merge of Supaéro and ENSICA), ENAC, EMAC, Universities of Toulouse, Bordeaux and Pau, INPT, ENSAM, ENSEIRB, Ecole des Mines Albi-Carmaux, Engineering school Tarbes, …

    Cluster Competences and Strategy

    Strengths & Competences

    Aerospace Valley is a bi-regional competitiveness cluster dedicated to aeronautics, space and embedded systems. Officially recognised by the French national government in 2005, it is today the largest R&D cluster in France entirely devoted to the aerospace sector. With its “headquarters” located in Toulouse, and a local office in Bordeaux, the cluster covers the two geographically adjacent regions Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine. Today Aerospace Valley has 850 members including, among others, 80 primes and 500 SMEs as well as the major aerospace research establishments and engineering schools. Overall, Aerospace Valley represents 1/3 of the French aerospace workforce totalling around 115,000 industrial employments in around 1,200 industrial establishments. The annual turnover for year 2008 created by companies related to the aerospace sector contributed to the overall economical development of Midi-Pyrénées by 70% and to that of Aquitaine by 40%.
    Finally, a total of 8,500 researchers and scientists are active on the Aerospace Valley territory; which represents 45% of the total French national R&D potential in the sectors of aeronautics, space and embedded systems.

    In summary, Aerospace Valley is a "triple helix cluster" that must be more considered as a huge innovation and research think tank structured in the triangle industry / research / training rather than a primarily business oriented “supply chain SME cluster” following the Anglo-Saxon definition. The main competences and significant strengths of Aerospace Valley are clearly identified in the field of civil aviation through several Airbus facilities and the HQ.

    Science & Research

    In total, Aerospace Valley members have initiated some 480 R&D projects (with an accumulated total budget of 725 M€; of which 307 M€ are public funding) between industry and research organisations comprising most of the scientific and technical areas related to the sectors of aerospace and embedded systems.

    International Collaboration

    At present, Aerospace Valley has signed formal cooperation agreements with 6 international clusters: Luftfahrtstandort Hamburg, Aéro Montreal, Farnborough Aerospace  Consortium, CECOMPI Sao José dos Campos and Skywin Wallonia, and OSSA (Turkey). In the future, we intend cooperating on a bilateral level with a total of around 10 international clusters (in the fields of aeronautics, space and embedded systems). Beyond these bilateral exchanges, informal contacts with third party clusters will be established through the European initiative EACP.

    Main Challenges

    The overall objective that motivated the creation of the French “pôle de compétitivité” in 2005 was creating (and preserving) employment through fostering the local and regional competences in dedicated technical and economic areas. Aerospace Valley set the specific challenge of creating 40,000 new jobs between 2005 and 2025. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, significant effort is deployed enabling the creation of new business opportunities for member companies of the aeronautical supply chain, in particular SMEs, but also through advanced training of next generation aerospace engineers.
    In the frame of international cooperation, multiple actions and initiatives are conducted: international industrial cooperation, European R&D projects and worldwide scientific exchange, enhanced attractiveness of the Aerospace Valley geographical perimeter including inward investment, identifying new funding sources and exploring novel capital investment mechanisms (business angels, etc.).