Hamburg Metropolitan Region – Aerospace
The sector – Aerospace location of world renown
Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the world’s leading civilian aerospace industry locations, alongside Seattle and Toulouse. One in three employees in the German aerospace industry works in or around Hamburg. At the beginning of 2008, the sector employed 36,000 highly skilled people.
There is an accumulation of expertise here that reflects every facet of aircraft construction, aircraft maintenance and airport operations. As well as the three large concerns – Airbus Deutschland GmbH, Lufthansa Technik AG and Hamburg Airport GmbH – more than 300 small and medium-sized businesses as well as innumerable scientific and technological institutions contribute to the wealth of know-how.
Production of the wide-bodied Airbus A380 makes the North German aerospace location part of the largest-ever project in modern aeronautical industry. Employees at the Hamburg branch of Airbus have sole responsibility for development and production of the A380 cabin.
The whole Hamburg Metropolitan Region benefits from the project. The Airbus works in Stade, centre of excellence for carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) technology, and in Buxtehude, for inflight entertainment, are both heavily involved in the development and emergence of the A380.