Skywin Wallonie


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Skywin - Aerospace cluster from Wallonia

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 80
Number of employees 6,900
Number of research institutes 6
Other cluster members 16 (including Universities, Training centers, Incubators and Associations)

Cluster Management

Organizational form Non-profit organization
Financing Regional funds (Walloon Region) + Walloon Trade Agency for 80% of the operational costs. 20% from members and projects fees.

Main Actors

Main industry actors Sonaca, SABCA, Techspace Aero (Safran), Thales Belgium, Thales Alenia Space
Main research institutes UCL, ULg, Umons, ULB, Cenaero, Sirris, Von Karman Institute

Cluster Competences and Strategy

Strengths & Competences

Since the redefinition of its strategic directions, in March 2013, the priorities and strategic axes of the Skywin Cluster are defined as follows: 

  1. Composites materials and processes
  2. Metallic materials and processes
  3. Embedded systems
  4. Airport services
  5. Space applications and systems
  6. Modelling and simulation

Speaking about the current competences, one finds major competences in:

  • aircraft engines parts (LP compressors and equipment) @ Techspace Aero
  • aero- and space structures @ Sonaca & S.A.B.C.A. 
  • telecommunication systems @ Thales Belgium 
  • satellite components @ Thales Alenia Space
  • software (CAE) : LMS Samtech (part of Siemens group),
    Free Field Technologies, Open Engineering and e-Xstream
  • micro-satellite design and software @ Spacebel
  • optics & mechatronics @ AMOS
  • precision mechanics and machining @ Britte-Mustad, Mecasoft,
    Capaul and many others

Science & Research

Skywin has one important mission: organizing selection and submission to the Government of R&D and investment projects. Those projects must be with strong innovation content and must also be led by industry members but must also include at least 2 academic or R&D partners. Currently Skywin has a project’s portfolio of 25 R&D projects totalizing more than 120 M€ of budget. Skywin, it's also 200.000 given training hours, an average rate of 75% of trainees finding a job in Aerospace and 6 innovative startups and 16 new patented technologies. 

International Collaboration

We have signed MoU with Aerospace Valley (FR), Pôle Astech (FR), Aéro Montréal (CA), SIATI (India), Inmavis (RU) and the region of SAMARA (RU). We are making contacts with other French clusters and looking forward to establish same level of cooperation with all European clusters.

Regarding the topics, we focus on empowering our mutual strengths, i.e. working on our strategic objectives first.

Main Challenges

Main challenge for Skywin members (as many European industries probably) is to stay competitive in a very open and globalized business. Our handicap is a relatively expensive workforce but our challenge is to show that we constantly invest in R&D to stay among the world leaders, and also to demonstrate that our workforce is one of the most and best qualified in the world. Therefore our productivity level is very competitive.