IR4I Aerospace Cluster


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

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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


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IR4I Aerospace Cluster - Innovation & Research for Industry

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 29
Number of employees ~ 4000
Number of research institutes 4
Other cluster members 4

Cluster Management

Organizational form President as Network coordinator; Board of directors establishes policies; Strategic Committee elaborates on policies; Executive Committee = in charge of organizing human/technical resources needed for the actuation of initiative in line with policies; General Director and executive staff Support all of the process
Financing Entirely financed from cluster's member fees

Main Actors

Main industry actors
  • Axcent System Engineering
  • BMC Air Filters
  • Bozzi
  • CATE
  • CIMA
  • Davi Promau
  • Deltatech
  • DEMA
  • EDM Racing
  • Faroldi
  • Isocomp
  • Italsigma
  • L.G. Technology
  • Lucchi Elettromeccanica
  • MT
  • Norblast
  • OEB
  • Peen Service
  • Poggipolini
  • Promau
  • Reglass HT
  • TAG
  • Tecnoelettra
  • Titanium International Group
  • Unaviacert
  • Veca
  • Vimi Fasteners
  • Zocca Officine Meccaniche
    Main research institutes
  • CIRA
  • Cluster Competences and Strategy

    No particular focus but a basket of industrial and technological interests mainly related to aerospace and automotive industries. Executive Committee is responsible for advising members on compliance to business opportunities generated by Cluster activity and market trends

    Strengths & Competences

    Emilia Romagna Region focus technologies are advanced Mechanics (engineering, tooling and processes, high performance engines and propulsion), Electric & Electronics hardware (power and embedded, electrical machines, sensors), Information & Communication Technology (ICT, simulation SW, cyber technology, etc.), advanced Materials (metals, ceramics, composites and related technologies), advanced Manufacturing Systems (including robots, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing), Process automation and testing. The network of universities, research centres and companies provide a virtually unlimited capability to produce continuous innovation as well as market ready products and services.

    Science & Research

    In the Emilia Romagna region, there are four main Universities: Alma Mater Studiorum -University of Bologna (founded in 1088 A.D. is the oldest and one of the most prestigious Universities in the world), University of Ferrara, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, University of Parma. All of them are ancient universities, characterized by a strong projection on innovation and advanced technologies.

    Among the various research themes covered by the universities of Emilia Romagna, some are of major interest for IR4I members. The University of Bologna has developed research activities and infrastructures on aerospace engineering, mechanics, physics, chemistry and materials. Among the research specializations of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia there is the Automotive and Motorsport sectors; also the University of Parma and the University of Ferrara deal with some of these research topics.

    Together with Universities, Emilia-Romagna’s regional research and innovation strategy is based on a High Technology Network, which is structured through Laboratories and Innovation Centres, aimed to support enterprises in industrial research and technology transfer. IR4I considers the High Technology Network as an important partner for projects, calls or advisor roles. To conclude the overview, Emilia Romagna region has also a structured system of technical schools (i.e. institute for technical aeronautics of Bologna and Forlì) and other University Institutions such as Johns Hopkins-School of Advanced International Studies of Bologna and Piacenza District of advanced machine tools (also for aerospace sector).

    Main Challenges

    Define a sustainable strategy to achieve future goals.