Can you please introduce the Aerospace Cluster and its role within the aerospace industry for our international readers?

The Aerospace Cluster is a non-profit organization that brings together aerospace companies in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Its main role is to support companies in achieving high performance levels, developing innovative projects, and addressing international markets. Additionally, the Cluster works towards branding the regional aerospace know-how at international events. It serves as a gateway for global aerospace players to discover and identify new innovative solutions developed by regional players. The Cluster also launches various initiatives to encourage training and recruitment, including promoting industrial careers in aeronautics to young people and assisting companies with job dating events and training programs for jobless individuals based on companies’ needs.

As the ramp up sets in, companies across the value chain feel pressure to optimize operations in a cost-effective manner, how does the Cluster help members remain competitive?

The aerospace supply-chain is undergoing a significant transformation with consolidation, increased production rates, digitalization, and new technologies being key drivers. The Cluster plays a crucial role in providing the right level of information and analysis to enable companies to make strategic decisions, invest wisely, and develop relevant projects that add value and satisfaction to customers. By offering support and guidance, the Cluster helps its members optimize their operations in a cost-effective manner, thus ensuring their competitiveness in the aerospace industry.

The region is home to over 350 companies working in the aerospace sector. What makes the region so attractive for new investors?

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes offers a unique pedestal for aerospace technologies to global players. The region has recently witnessed success with regional companies securing contracts with prestigious customers such as Airbus, Boeing, Gulfstream, and Safran, which demonstrate its attractiveness and competitiveness. The region’s capabilities and innovation capacity are evident not only in materials and structures, embedded systems, maintenance, and digital technologies but also in the quality and vision of the men and women who run the companies. Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is fully mobilized to support the development of its aerospace industry, making it an attractive destination for new investors.

Do you have a final message for your members?

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has incredible assets to meet the current and future challenges of the aerospace industry. Its competencies and innovation capabilities are evident in various fields, and the region is home to visionary leaders who run the companies. The Cluster is committed to supporting the aerospace industry’s development in the region, and together, we have the ability to tackle this exciting period and succeed.

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