ACA - Aerospace Clustering Association

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Contact

Zeynep Ergün
ESBAS Teknoloji Merkezi
EGE Serbest Bölgesi
35410 Geziemir Izmir
Turkey

Ph    +90 232 251 38 51
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Fax   +90 232 251 02 64
zeynep(at)hukd.org.tr

 

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ACA - Aerospace Clustering Association

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 33
Number of employees 5,500
Number of research institutes 6
Other cluster members
  • Aegean Chamber of Industry
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  • Aegean Chamber of Industry Foundation
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  • Aegean Economic Development Foundation
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  • Aegean Free Zone Corp.
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  • Gaziemir Municipality
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  • Izmir Ataturk Organized Industrial District
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  • Kemalpasa Organized Industrial District
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  • Turkish Aviation Institution
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  • Space Camp - Turkey
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    Cluster Management

    Organizational form Association  
    Financing Main funding comes from membership fees. However, some funding is available through government programs (e.g. State Planning Dept. (DPT) programs, Undersecretariat of the Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade programs, etc). Also, project funding is available through several EU programs (Ministry of Economy, Undersecretariat of the Prime Ministry for Foreign Trade programs, etc.).  
         

    Main Actors

    Main industry actors
  • Companies working in different fields of aviation industry including civil and military aircraft parts manufacturing and assembly, MRO, engineering, software & simulation.
  • Main research institutes
  • EGE University
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  • IYTE (Izmir Higher Technology Institute)
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  • Middle East Technical University
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    Cluster Competences and Strategy

    Strengths & Competences

    Our cluster (ACA), although based in Izmir, is structured under the philosophy of being a pan-national structure in Turkey co-operating with other companies and institutes that are based in other parts of Turkey which are also working in the fields of aviation and aerospace. This provides ACA with the ability to reach different assets (educated people, special processes, aerospace parts manufacturing capabilities as well as design and other technology and know-how) in this industry.

    Our strategy is to facilitate the development of aerospace industry through co-operation with international clusters and institutions to create a mutually profitable work-sharing platform.

    With our access to young and educated people, ACA is also focusing on R&D activities in the field of aviation and looking for opportunities to develop new
    cooperation and partnerships in education and in joint development of new technologies for the aerospace industry.

     

    Science & Research

    ACA co-operates with technical universities and research institutions and has several academic members. Many of our members are working in several research programs supported by EU funding as well as Turkish National funding programs. Areas of special focus are on material science including composites and new materials used in aerospace.

    International Collaboration

    MOU’s with these clusters have recently been established, we are currently working towards co-operation opportunities. Also, new MOU's are under consideration with many other clusters.

    Main Challenges

    ACA’s main challenges are categorised under five main subjects:

    • Technology & Innovation
    • Investment & Exports
    • Education & Training
    • Financial Growth
    • Fostering Relations & Co-operations

    Our cluster has created a strategy document (available on our web site) to meet these challenges.