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Countdown to "Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace" ILA 2018 in Berlin

08.03.2018 - Article

The global aerospace industry comes together in Berlin this April - ILA slated to become the world’s leading innovation trade fair - Featuring revolutionary technologies from areas like mobility 4.0, digitalisation and climate.

At ILA Berlin, over 1,000 exhibitors showcase their expertise – from civil aviation to defense, security and space, and from major corporations to highly specialized suppliers.
At ILA Berlin, over 1,000 exhibitors showcase their expertise – from civil aviation to defense, security and space, and from major corporations to highly specialized suppliers.© dpa / Arco Images

Flying taxis, zero emission aircraft, and 3D-printed drones – the aerospace industry stands for innovation like no other. German aerospace companies invest 11 per cent of their revenue in research and development about twice as much as other industries. The spectacular results will be on display at ILA Berlin, scheduled to take place from April 25 to 29, 2018 where over 1,000 exhibitors will showcase their know-how in Germany’s capital.

Innovation and Leadership in Aerospace

Aerospace technology is making advances at breakneck speed. Germany has become one of the industry’s global leaders: For example, final assembly for one out of every six commercial aircraft is carried out in the country, while every aircraft built worldwide contains technology Made in Germany. The nation is also an integral member of European space and military aviation programmes as well as a centre for helicopter and engine manufacturing.

A boost for Industry 4.0

ILA brings together the global space community at the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe.
ILA brings together the global space community at the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe.© dpa / Arco Images

Up until now, the development of large and energy-efficient aircraft has been extremely time-consuming and costly. Yet with “Industry 4.0”, the aviation industry is committed to dramatically shortening this period and cutting costs. With virtual development processes, it will be possible to first simulate flight on the computer in order to optimise concepts at an early stage. The aircraft industry will undergo a significant wave of automation in the wake of Industry 4.0, and big-data con-cepts that evaluate the information from hundreds of aircraft sensors will overhaul aircraft maintenance. Numerous exhibitors will show the latest technology at ILA and present their visions for the future.

The fascination of space

Space is more fascinating than ever – and 2018 will bring a number of highlights. Astronaut Alexander Gerst will become the first German to command the ISS “Horizons Mission 2018”. This coincides with the ten-year anniversary of the European space laboratory Columbus and of the Automated Transfer Vehicles (ATV). Bepi Colombo, Europe’s first mission to Mercury, is also scheduled to begin this year under German command. Production of the first Ariane 6 will start, with the first flight to take place in 2020.

Create new business opportunities

A Fighter-Bomber Panavia PA-200 Tornado IDS starting at the ILA 2016.
A Fighter-Bomber Panavia PA-200 Tornado IDS starting at the ILA 2016.© Carsten Vennemann/Bundeswehr/dpa

At ILA Berlin, over 1,000 exhibitors showcase their expertise – from civil aviation to defense, security and space, and from major corporations to highly specialized suppliers. At ILA Berlin, one can make new contacts for tomorrow’s business opportunities. The aerospace industry is growing that means the demand for qualified workers is steadily increasing. Take advantage of the ILA CareerCenter to entice the next generation of employees.

ILA brings together the global space community at the largest exhibition of its kind in Europe. The event serves as a singular opportunity for state agencies, academia and aerospace companies to present the latest innovations and developments on space – bridging borders and nations.


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