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NAG Advancing your Aerospace and Airport Business

Cluster Description

The NAG is the trade association of national and international organisations established in the Netherlands and active in Aerospace & Airport Development. The NAG has more than 100 members who together represent 95% of the Dutch aviation industry’s revenue. The NAG’s mission is to continuously optimise the Dutch aviation industry’s ability to compete internationally. To realise this collective ambition worldwide, the NAG supports this sector through the development of expertise, advocacy, access to the (inter)national market, and an extensive network. Because the NAG focus on Airport Development & Infrastructure, Aircraft Manufacture and Aircraft Maintenance, we are able to operate within the whole aviation transport system. With local NAG representation in Brazil, France, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, plus excellent contacts with embassies and consulates, the NAG has an extensive international network that can be put to use by its members.

Facts and Figures

Number of companies 108
Number of employees 5
Number of research institutes 2
Other cluster members  

Cluster Management

Organizational form The NAG is an association, so the highest decision level is the general assembly. Proposals are prepared for the assembly by the office and approved by NAG members during the General Assembly.
Financing Membership fee, privately funded

Main Actors

Main industry actors
  • Fokker Technologies; NLR - Netherlands Aerospace Centre; Siemens Industry Software; Ten Cate Advanced Composites
  • Main research institutes
  • TU Delft; Hogeschool van Amsterdam; Inholland Delft
  • Strengths and Competences

    NAG supports its members through knowledge, positioning and representations.

    POSITIONING: One of the goals of the NAG is to improve the position of its members in the international playing field. In order to do so, the NAG initiates activities to explore foreign markets with its members. Trade missions and participating in exhibitions are the most used tools to reach this goal. The aim is to create business opportunities and – by doing so – improving their competitiveness. The NAG has opened offices in Brazil, France and Turkey in order to support its members more effectively.

    NAG KNOWLEDGE CENTER: The core activity of the knowledge center is determining the members’ knowledge needs and finding suitable solutions for this. Often one member’s knowledge needs can be fulfilled by other members. If the sought knowledge cannot be obtained from among the members, experts are brought in. The knowledge center handles both individual questions (“oracle” function) as well as topics in collective meetings. The questions that are discussed are very diverse and often of a non-technical nature, such as questions about the market, quality, regulations, cooperation and finances.

    REPRESENTATIONS: The competitiveness of NAG members also depends on governments, governmental organisations and adjoining interest groups. This makes the role of the Dutch government plural: the government is a regulator (Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment), it supports international business and technological developments (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation) and the government also has a purchasing role (Ministry of Defence). Sister organisations abroad provide excellent access to clients and partners for our members and offer challenging ideas to optimize the services of the NAG. The NSAG has direct relations with these parties and is represented in many key positions.


    Science and Research

    Development—Science & Technology

    The Dutch aviation industry owes their leading position in the market to the continuous development in Science & Technology from which emerge products and services that improve their customers’ end results. This development is due to a strong ecosystem that incorporates education, research institutes and supporting facilities for prototyping and testing. In addition, start-ups in the aviation industry play an increasing role in the ground-breaking innovations within the sector.

    Some examples:

    • The TU Delft (Technical University Delft) has the largest aerospace facility in Europe.

    • ESTEC is the European research centre for the European Space Agency.

    • The Dutch Aerospace Centre (NLR) is the national research centre which houses, among other things, the wind-tunnels in which aircraft from throughout the world are tested.

    • YES!Delft has 4th place in Europe as a start-up incubator.

    • The Netherlands has the world’s 5th most competitive economy.

    Main Challenges

    To keep developing innovative ideas and activities; to maintain stable number of members; To keep the membership loyalty for longer terms;


    With a committed government, an open attitude towards cooperation, and a growing knowledge-based ecosystem, this sector aims to realise the following ambitions:

    • To double in size in the field of aircraft construction—this to be achieved partly through the acquisition of new aircraft platforms and/or higher tier levels in the supply chain, but also at subsystem levels, particularly in emerging economies.

    • To acquire a leading position in the global market for aircraft maintenance, partly through the development of revolutionary maintenance concepts to meet the needs of aircraft users.

    • To achieve a hub position in the field of component and systems maintenance.

    • To be the number one specialist in aircraft materials for the global aviation industry.

    • To contribute to climate-neutral aviation by 2040 through innovative solutions for cleaner, quieter and more fuel-efficient aircraft and through more environment-friendly maintenance concepts.

    • To be the largest airport technology supplier in the world.