Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Alliance


13.11.17 Company Mission to Seattle in occasion of PNAA's 17th Annual Aerospace Conference

Join Niedersachsen Aviation for a European company mission to the world's largest aerospac

13.11.17 First Brazilian Aerospace Business Summit in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil

The Brazilian Aerospace Cluster and the EACP (European Aerospace Cluster Partnership) will


Udo Rudolph
Freiheitstraße 120 C
15745 Wildau

Ph   +49 (3375) 921 84 21


Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Alliance

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 100 medium-sized enterprises, 3 core companies
Number of employees 7500 skilled and specialized workers excluding employees at the regional airports. Altogether, the industry offers approximately 17.000 jobs
Number of research institutes 10 universities and 15 research and development institutions
Other cluster members Regional Development Agencies, Institutions of development and science, Aerospace Clusters from Germany

Cluster Management

Organizational form Registered commercial association
Financing BBAA is financed by member fees

Main Actors

Main industry actors At the present time the BBAA represents about 100 enterprises, with the leading companies being Rolls-Royce Germany, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services and Lufthansa Technik. Rolls-Royce Germany is located in the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg in Dahlewitz. The development and assembly center was inaugurated in 1993. As a competence center for small and medium sized engines within the Rolls-Royce Group, Dahlewitz is responsible for the development and final assembly of the BR700 engines family and V 2500 engines among other. Nowadays the center has over 2400 employees. Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services was founded in 1997 as a joint Venture of Lufthansa Technik AG and the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. The company headquarters is utilizes a surface of 8000 m² at the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport and represents the first Bombardier service center outside North America. LBAS offers services in maintenance and overhaul to inspection of the hull, engines and wheels or repair and modification services. Luftansa Technik is located in Tegel and Schönefeld and constitutes the transition center for the Eastern maintenance region. While the station in Tegel specializes in Line Maintenance, more than 100 C-checks are being performed in Schönefeld. In addition to its two existing sites, Lufthansa Technik also has a presence at the future Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER), with a new, state-of-the-art maintenance hangar.
Main research institutes The leading research and development facilities Fraunhofer PYCO and Fraunhofer IPK are the main R&D actors in the region. Fraunhofer is the largest research organization for applied research in Europe and was founded in 1949. Their research areas are: health, safety, communication, mobility, energy and environment. Fraunhofer PYCO (Polymeric Materials and Composites) is a collaboration between Fraunhofer and the Chair of Polymer Materials of Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus (BTU) where chemists, physicists, engineers and technicians of Fraunhofer sites in Teltow and Wildau as well as t BTU are developing highly crosslinked polymers (thermosets) for all applications with particular reference to aviation, IT-technology and instrumentation. Frauenhofer IPK (Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology) in Berlin stands for over 35 years of excellence in production science. They conduct applied research and development across product development, production processes, maintenance of investment goods, and product recycling to the design and management of manufacturing companies, so the whole process spectrum of manufacturing industry. IPK is structured in seven divisions: Corporate Management, Virtual Product Creation, Production Systems, Joining and Coating Technology, Automation Technology, Quality Management, and Medical Technology. Close collaboration between divisions permits them to tackle even extremely complex issues. BBAA also works closely with Technical Universities of Berlin and Cottbus-Senftenberg and the University for applied sciences in Wildau and Brandenburg.

Cluster Competences and Strategy

Strengths & Competences

The BBAA’s strengths lie in the fields engine technology, testing and simulation, light aircraft, MRO and engineering services. The three core enterprises mentioned before lead the development in these areas for the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Furthermore, the region also possesses a high know-how on quality production of light General Aviation aircrafts.

As mentioned before, our research and educational institutions also provide very specialized and singular characteristics. Local enterprises and research institutes work together and are taking part in four major European projects: A380, A400 M, A350, ESA Galileo and Copernicus Missions.

Science & Research

The continuous contact and regular events with our associated academic and research institutions allows the BBAA to provide their member companies with current information about the latest technology developments and incoming trends. As mentioned before, the Fraunhofer Institutions PYCO and IPK as well as the regional universities are our allies in this area. These main institutions provide us information that we can forward to our members at events like the InnoTesting conference, which took place in 2014 for the 3rd time.
The InnoTesting conference was established as a conference series for experts in testing and simulation from universities, research institutions and the business sector, mainly the aeronautical industry, railroads, automotive and IT. It has been taking place since 2012 and is hosted every year with more than 100 guests participating from Germany, UK, USA, Turkey and others.

International Collaboration

The BBAA is member of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and maintains excellent relationships with clusters all over Germany and other European and International Clusters; especially with the Clusters Rhône-Alpes and ACStyria we are working closely together.

Main Challenges

The vision for 2017 is to back up and strengthen the region by constantly developing the existing know-how, lowering the knowledge barriers for all vital firms and institutions. Within the next three years Berlin-Brandenburg wants to become:

1.    a center of competence for engine-systems and satellite technology

2.    a leading location in the aviation and space-oriented processing technology sector, taking into account the entire overall local value chain

3.    a center of competence for simulation and testing, aviation and airport security technologies as well as UAV application technologies