swiss aerospace cluster


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Malena Haenni
Swiss Aerospace Cluster
c/o Center for Aviation Competence
University of St. Gallen
Dufourstrasse 40a
9000 St.Gallen

Ph   +41 (0)41 71  224 25 00
Fax  +41 (0)41 71 224 25 36


swiss aerospace cluster

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 52
Number of employees 15,200
Number of research institutes 4
Other cluster members 10 - cantons Zurich and Nidwalden, Idee-Suisse, Markimo, Planetarium Zurich, Swiss Air Force, Bucher Leichtbau AG, Swiss Space Association, PlastikaBalumag AG, as of Jan 2010: Lufthansa Systems, Zurich Airport

Cluster Management

Organizational form Association
Financing 2009: CHF 100,000 from Canton Zurich as Start up; 2010: Budget from Cantons Zurich, Nidwalden and others, osec Business Network Switzerland in preparation

Main Actors

Main industry actors Bucher Leichtbau AG / Bucher Group, Plastikabalumag, Novasys AG, armasuisse, Lufthansa Systems, RUAG Aerospace, Pilatus Flugzeugwerke AG, Lightwing, Lantal Textiles, Acutronic AG, Schweizerische Vereinigung für Flugtechnische Betriebe, ALU MENZIKEN Aerospace, Alcan Composites, VibroMeter etc.
Main research institutes ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry; ETH Zurich Space Biology Group; CSEM - Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique; CFAC - Center for Aviation Competences; HSG Hochschule St. Gallen

Cluster Competences and Strategy

Strengths & Competences

  • Satellite Navigations Technologies in different branches, e.g. security - Member of the ESNC European Satellite Navigation Competition "Galileo Masters"
  • Development of Technology Transfer in Satellite Navigations between Industry and Research Institutes
  • Human Resources and Development Program for young people in technical / aerospace occupations
  • 100 years Swiss Aviation: Organization of a Swiss Aerospace Fair
  • Development of a B2B-Meeting and export plattform for contacts with further Aerospace clusters in Europe and overseas

Science & Research

  • Projects in Satellite Navigations – ESNC Competition
  • Projects in SatNav – Security Systems
  • Virtual Reality in cabins
  • Food in Space – Space Biology Projects
  • Technology Transfer
  • Structure and Composite

International Collaboration

For B2B and Projects:

Main Challenges

  1. / as standard platform for Technology Transfer and Export / B2B of the Swiss Aerospace and SatNav Industry
  2. Development of co-operations with European aerospace clusters