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Growth industry with an extensive value chain

More than 550 companies and a broad portfolio of products and services position Bavaria as a key player in the aerospace industry. More than 65,000 people in the Free State work in this industry (including the employees of airlines and airports). Production activities generate revenue of over EUR 10 billion a year.

Large number of companies

Global players such as the Airbus Group, MTU Aero Engines and Premium Aerotec have a presence here. Focal activities include the construction of aircraft propulsion systems, helicopters and military aircraft, as well as landing gear and components for space vehicles and satellites. Other important aspects include unmanned systems and electric propulsion systems. The Airbus Group is Europe's biggest aerospace and defense company. GE Aviation is the German subsidiary of the world's leading manufacturer of aircraft engines, while MT Aerospace delivers a wide range of products and services and develops launch vehicles, orbital transfer systems and satellites.

These incumbents are also being flanked by new players: Beginning in 2020, the startup Lilium plans to bring a flying electric taxi to market.

Broad spectrum of products and activities

Alongside the majors systems corporations, there is also an array of equipment and component manufacturers and technical service providers. A whole series of SMEs with outstanding technical expertise combine to serve as reliable high-tech suppliers in close geographic proximity.

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Galilei satellite in orbit
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Europe's Galileo project

The European Union's Galileo project is a global satellite navigation and timing system under civil control. Part of it is already operational, but the system as a whole is still under development. The Munich Metropolitan Region was selected as one of its bases.


Science gives Munich a crucial edge

Strong network links between the research activities in the Munich aerospace industry and the ample research potential afforded by the city's universities and non-university research organizations adds an even sharper edge to the region's innovative potency.

The establishment of a new engineering faculty at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) is expected to deliver sustainable impetus to the whole industry: The traditional aerospace disciplines are being merged with satellite navigation, earth observation and basic geodesy to form the Department of Aerospace and Geodesy. This will be the largest university department of its kind in Europe, with more than 55 chairs accounting for about 50 percent of all university-based aerospace research in Germany.

The wider research infrastructure also includes non-university organizations: The region is also home to the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), the European Southern Observatory and the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. The region's universities offer budding scientists an excellent array of study courses to ensure a steady stream of highly specialized experts.


Acting on behalf of the Bavarian government, the bavAIRia e.V. cluster cooperates with relevant companies, research organizations and associations to boost innovation capabilities in the aerospace industry. The members of and players in this network cover the entire aerospace industry and research landscape in the Free State of Bavaria.

The Application Center concentrates on satellite navigation at the industry's Oberpfaffenhofen hub. It supports companies starting up or moving to the region that develop products and services relating to satellite-based navigation. The center already numbers more than 70 company startups and ranks as one of the most successful incubation programs in Europe for the commercial exploitation of space travel.

Bayern Innovativ, another of Bavaria's promotional agencies, also brings together a variety of capabilities and facilitates cooperation between the business and academic communities in the field of innovation.

Trade fairs

With the joint exhibition of expoAIR and Airtec, Munich is offering a shop window for the aerospace industry. This international trade fair for airport equipment, technology, design and service is the leading marketplace for the international airport industry. It is a popular meeting place for buyers, agents, consultants, developers and architects representing the entire airport industry.

At Air Cargo Europe, exhibitors will present their products and services in the fields of freight transport, logistics, telematics, e-commerce, material flow, telematics and aviation.

Aviation Electronics Europe provides a platform for international avionics. Every two years, the Forum brings together the most important suppliers of the aviation industry between Hamburg and Munich.

Last updated: April 2019