Aerospace Valley is a bi-regional non-profit competitiveness cluster dedicated to aeronautics, space and embedded systems. With its main office located in Toulouse, and a local office in Bordeaux, the cluster covers two geographically adjacent regions in the South-West of France: Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine.
Aerospace Valley has developed extensive links with other European and international aerospace clusters, including taking part in the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) network as coordinator of the working group “Internationalization” and leading the Clusters Working Group in the NEREUS network on space activities. These ties with other European clusters have been reinforced through the ongoing CARE and the next SKILLS HUB projects. Outside Europe Aerospace Valley was actively representing EACP in the previous FP7 projects EU-AERO-AFRICA and CANNAPE through which relations with other clusters have been deepened over the past few years, while bilateral cooperation agreements have been signed internationally with, amongst other, aerospace clusters in Montreal, Sao José dos Campos or Hamburg.
As of today, Aerospace Valley gathers 683 members from industry and research including amongst others 392 SMEs as well as large corporate groups and OEMs, the major aerospace research establishments, engineering schools and local authorities. Overall, Aerospace Valley represents 1/3 of the French aerospace workforce totaling over 130,000 industrial employments in 1,600 industrial establishments. The annual turnover by companies related to the aerospace sector contributes to the overall economic development of Midi-Pyrénées by around 65% and to the one of Aquitaine by 40%.
In terms of R&D activities, a total of 8,500 researchers and scientists are active on the Aerospace Valley territory: this represents 45% of the total French national R&D potential in the sectors of aeronautics, space and embedded systems.
Aerospace Valley has been nominated as National Contact Point for the thematic areas transport, space and SME activities under the Horizon 2020 program.
Finally, Aerospace Valley's expertise has recently been awarded the Gold Label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI).
The role of Aerospace Valley in the PERSEUS project will be to participate actively in WP3, WP4 and WP6.