The 6th event, which took place in Rzeszów (Poland) on the 26th-27st May 2015, encompassed a workshop on “Aeronautics clusters from East and West best practices on internationalization and transnational cooperation policies”, a B2B event and factory tours. Representatives from aerospace industry, SMEs, universities and research centres will be invited to have a discussion with experts from different aerospace regions and share best practices on internationalization and transnational cooperation policies in order to:
- Obtain EU funds in Poland for East and West aerospace companies and R&D partners
- Raise awareness regarding the open aeronautics-related calls in H2020/COSME
- Provide opportunities to establish successfully consortia within H2020/COSME calls
- Raise awareness of EEN Aeronautics and Space Sector Group and its activities
- Support the Eastern Aerospace Community via European Aerospace Cluster Partnership
- Foster international trade and exports through strategic alliances with Eastern partners.
The event, organized by APAI encompassed several initiatives:
- BEAWARE workshop (26th May 2015) on “Aeronautics clusters from East and West best practices on internationalization and transnational cooperation policies”
- BEAWARE B2B (26th May 2015)
- Factory tour (27th May 2015).
A workshop “Aeronautics clusters from East and West best practices on internationalization and transnational cooperation policies” was organized as a part of Annual Conference of the Key Project “Modern Materials Technologies in Aerospace Industry”. Representatives from aerospace industry, SMEs, universities and research centers had a discussion with experts from different aerospace regions, shared best practices on internationalization and transnational cooperation policies. Prof. Romana Śliwa (University of Rzeszów) has officially opened the workshop and gave hergreetings to attending aeronautical organisations. THE ‘BEAWARE’ PROJECT was presented by Tonis Eerme (Invent Baltics), explaining the objective as well as current status of the work done. Some excellent speakers like Emilien Watelet (Enterprise Europe Network – Aeronautics and Space Sector Group), Anna Maaßen (EACP), Ehrenfried Zschech (Fraunhofer-Institut) explained their organisations’ approach to current status of aeronautics and space. The discussion was followed by two presentations focused on specific H2020/COSME financial instruments and possibilities to obtain funds from Poland for Eastern and Western European aerospace companies. A wrap up was provided by Andrzej Rybka (APAI). A total of 35 participants attended the workshop.
During the Brokerage event, which took place on the 26th May 2015, 33 participants presented their organizations or/and project ideas in a brief oral presentation. Moreover, in order to give attendees the chance to establish useful partnerships for H2020 projects as well as for other business activities, in parallel, participants were given the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings. Brokerage event was also a chance for cluster managers to share best practices on internationalization.
On the 27th May 2015, a major company, a research center and a laboratory were visited in the framework of the factory tours: WSK “PZL-RZESZÓW” S.A., Research And Development Laboratory For Aerospace Materials.
WSK “PZL-RZESZÓW” S.A., founded in 1937, has become one of the leading players in the central europe aerospace industry. It was state owned for over 60 years and joined the united technologies corporation family in 2002. WSK “PZL – RZESZÓW” employs almost 4000 workers in one facility located in the City of Rzeszów, on the Wisłok river bank. Company facilities house head office, manufacturing, engineering, service center, customer support, finance and procurement.
Research And Development Laboratory For Aerospace Materials is a part of Rzeszow University of Technology. The facility leads interdisciplinary researches and trainings in field of material science, especially nickel cobalt, titanium and aluminum based superalloys, protective coatings and single crystals manufacturing methods.
All in all, 33 people attended the factory tours.