Purchasers and multipliers from Canada to get to know aerospace companies on an infor- mation trip to northern Germany as part of the BMWi Market Entry Programme for SMEs

Hamburg, Germany | January 8, 2019– The German aerospace industry has been working closely together with Canadian aviation companies and research institutions for several years al- ready. Now, sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), representatives from Canada are coming to northern Germany. SMEs from all over Ger- many are invited by the Hamburg Aviation cluster and the German Chamber of Commerce & Industry Toronto to come to Hamburg. At the leading global trade fair, Aircraft Interi- ors Expo, from 1 – 4 April 2019, they can get to know Canadian partners, with a promise of follow-up support for cooperative projects that result.

Various event formats including information sessions, idea pitches, trade fair tours, company site visits and B2B conversations will provide SMEs with opportunities to make contact with North American Partners from 1 – 4 April. Company site visits in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Sax- ony are also planned.

The target region is attractive. In Canada, around 87,000 people are employed in aviation, and the Montréal Metropolitan Region’s aerospace cluster, with members including such major OEMs as Bombardier and Pratt & Whitney, makes the area one of the most important aviation centres worldwide. Many companies in the western provinces and Ontario are also active on an international scale. The infrastructure, the personnel qualification level, and the Canadian busi- ness culture provide an ideal basis for definite SME market entry. The aviation networks of the German states of Hamburg, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria and Brandenburg have already been working closely with companies from Canada for several years. Hamburg has nurtured a close partnership with Montréal since 2008 and has already supported delegations and research projects.

Support en route to Canada

Support for companies in the establishment of German-Canadian partnerships extends beyond the expo week. They can draw on the expertise of the German Chamber of Commerce & Industry Toronto (AHK Toronto), which has been supporting small and medium-sized companies as they enter the Canadian market for more than 50 years now. Within the framework of the federal Supply Chain Excellence Initiative (SCE), several regional aviation clusters are working to achieve an increased internationalisation of the supplier business. Hamburg Aviation, as a mem- ber of SCE, has been successfully partnering with Canadian organisations for several years, sup- porting delegations, initiating business contact, and coordinating projects.

Open-plan offices in an energy-efficient building to encourage interaction and communication

Raunheim | November 15, 2017– Tradition meets the future: Over the past months, the new Lufthansa Systems company headquarters have taken shape at Airport Garden in Raunheim near Frankfurt. Open-plan workspaces have been created to promote communication and teamwork between the around 800 employees in the modern new building.

“We involved our employees early on in the planning of the new building and worked with them to create a new and inspiring environment. All employees will work in open-plan offices. This improves communication and supports the introduction of a flexible workplace model, which also promotes cooperation on various teams and projects,” said Stefan Auerbach, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

The new building offers a total of 18,000 square meters of gross floor space which is rented by Deutsche Lufthansa AG and sublet to its subsidiaries Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Industry Solutions. Lufthansa Industry Solutions is headquartered in Norderstedt and has 200 employees in Raunheim. A cafeteria with around 300 seats and a parking garage with roughly 400 parking places have been built on the property across from the building. The cafeteria, which is operated by the Lufthansa subsidiary LZ Catering and can be used by other companies at Airport Garden, is located in the historical building that once housed the Resart-Ihm leather factory.

“At Airport Garden we benefit from good transport connections and close proximity to the airport, which gives us access to the headquarters of the Lufthansa Group and our around 300 airline customers worldwide,” said Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems.

Employees will start moving into the main building this week, as planned.

The new address is: Lufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG, Am Messeplatz 1, 65479 Raunheim. An official opening party for all employees is planned for early March 2018, after the move is complete.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is opening two institutes at the ZAL

Hamburg, Germany | November 10, 2017– Two institutes by the German Aerospace Center DLR are being established in Hamburg, highlighting the Hanseatic city’s national and international claim to excellence in the area of aeronautics research. The new research institutes at the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research ZAL in Finkenwerder were launched in the presence of numerous guests of honour, including Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz. The Institute of System Architectures in Aeronautics is going to focus in particular on digital development of future types of aircraft as well as on transferring innovative production processes (“digital aircraft”). The Institute of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul is going to concentrate on research regarding aircraft operation, specialising in the development of new maintenance and data processing methods (“digital twin”). Planning provides for the two institutes to have 80 staff members each at the ZAL. The Federal State of Hamburg is going to become an official base of the DLR as a result. Hamburg’s Aeronautical Research Center with 600 work places, which is among the most advanced in the world and was opened only two years ago, is now fully let. More than 40,000 highly qualified staff members in more than 300 companies and institutions make Hamburg the third biggest civil aviation hub worldwide. The aeronautical industry is among the region’s most important economic factors. Hamburg’s decisive advantage is the fact that know-how of global acclaim is pooled in the area, regarding all stages of an aircraft’s life cycle – from pre-development through to recycling.

Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz says: “We are pleased that the DLR decided to establish a branch in Hamburg. The close cooperation of science and the business world is going to give rise to innovations that will be trend-setting for the entire industry. The ZAL is a place of innovative ideas that result in new products for the aviation industry.”

“We are delighted that we are now represented in Hamburg, one of the biggest hubs of civil aviation world-wide, with two newly established DLR institutes and to closely cooperate in the ZAL with our industry partners, in the field of application-oriented research,” says Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund on the occasion of the opening ceremony.

In the years ahead, the new institutes are going to receive an annual ten million euros of joint funding from the German federal and state governments. As the institutes’ home state, Hamburg is going to contribute around 1.6 million euros per year. Furthermore, the City of Hamburg is going to provide another two million euros for investments during the set-up phase until the end of 2018. Industry-oriented research requires very close cooperation with the relevant industrial and medium- sized companies. This is why the institute is based in the ZAL, where the DLR has the opportunity to perform research in the same building and using shared large-scale testing facilities, with a large number of industrial partners from the aviation industry, including Airbus and Lufthansa Technik as well as suppliers and start-up companies.

Close coordination of the required research competence that needs to be established to allow for research results to be used by the industrial partners as effectively as possible, has already begun. In addition to the regional network, the institutes are planning to form research partnerships with various German and international companies.

The ZAL – Hamburg’s Center of Applied Aeronautical Research – is the technology network for research and development for the civil aviation industry in the metropolitan area of Hamburg. In close coordination with the Hamburg Aviation Cluster, the ZAL is a central facility where the technology competence for the Hanseatic city is concentrated, and it thus allows for synergy effects. For this purpose, the ZAL constitutes a network for science and the business world, establishing an application-oriented culture of innovation and providing its partners with state-of-the-art infrastructure for research and development.

  • Napster is the first streaming service in Germany to offer in-flight music
  • The complete offerings include music and audio books for adults and children in Lufthansa’s in-flight entertainment system
  • The partnership is set to begin in Summer 2016

Frankfurt, Germany | July 18, 2016– Napster has taken over the skies as the first music streaming service in Germany! Streaming services are enjoying increasingly more popularity, whether at home, on the way to work, at the gym or on vacation at the beach. To enjoy the diverse range of music in the air, Napster and Lufthansa Systems have formed a strategic partnership. Lufthansa Systems is one of the world’s leading suppliers in the Airline Industry and already equips a variety of airlines across the globe with its innovative BoardConnect platform, as well as the corresponding entertainment content. Through Lufthansa System’s BoardConnect, Napster will offer passengers selected playlists and audiobooks for adults and children, making traveling more enjoyable and entertaining. By this summer, Napster and Lufthansa Systems together want to equip the first airline with the service, Eurowings.

Aside from having access to the extensive selection of music and audio books from Napster, the greatest feature is that passengers will no longer have to use the built-in aircraft screens to access the media content, but will also be able to connect their own smartphones or tablets with BoardConnect via onboard WLAN. With this connection, users can enjoy a selection from the music-streaming pioneer. The Napster playlists, as well as audio books will be updated monthly and provide plenty of popular and up-to-date content for all ages.

Patric Niederländer, Vice President of Business Development Europe at Napster, said of the cooperation with Lufthansa Systems, “Napster has always stood for innovation. We are pleased to have developed, together with our partner Lufthansa Systems, an attractive proposition with which we move into another business segment. Our aim is to offer all music lovers the best and most multifaceted listening experience – whether on the ground or in the air.”

“Diverse onboard entertainment programs are increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for airlines,” says Olivier Krüger, CEO of Lufthansa Systems. “We are pleased to have found in Napster an important partner, who brings with it its music expertise and will in the future provide our BoardConnect platform with an exciting program.”

In addition to the selected music program on board, Napster will initially offer all Euro Wings passengers discounts after their flight. That means that all passengers who register during the flight can then enjoy three months of Napster for just one euro and discover new music through playlists, recommendations and advice. Favorite artists, albums or single tracks, as well as individually created playlists, can be stored and easily managed in the user archive. Favorite songs and albums can also be accessed by up to three devices, i.e. smartphones, tablets or computers with iOS, Android or Windows operating systems. The premium service also allows users to download individual songs, albums, or playlists to access offline, which requires no mobile data or Wi-Fi – the perfect solution for enjoying music on the move. The completely ad-free catalog of more than 40 million music tracks, as well as the more than 15,000 audio books of all genres for users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, leaves nothing to be desired.

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