Zuid-Holland and Bremen launch Agenda for Action for aerospace collaboration

During the Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen, Zuid-Holland and Bremen launched an Agenda for Action for collaboration in aerospace. It contains actions to take on challenges and themes that the regions will focus on together, for instance earth observation.

The agenda is the result of the agreement reached in March, when the aerospace trade mission to Bremen took place and an agreement was signed in the presence of the King and Queen to strengthen Zuid-Holland and Bremen's aerospace collaboration. The parties involved are: SpaceNed, the Province of Zuid-Holland, Aviaspace Bremen and the federal state Bremen.

Setting to work immediately

Businesses and knowledge institutions from both space regions immediately set to work in 2 round table meetings, to explore and detail the collaboration activities on Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and on lightweight materials, structures and smart industry.

The agenda contains collaboration actions up to and including 2022, aimed at joint challenges for the aerospace industry, including a trade mission to Zuid-Holland in 2020, joint Research & Development projects and the strengthening of business and research relationships. Thematically, the collaboration focuses on earth observation, lightweight materials and VR/AR in space applications.

The Agenda for Action was presented by Hans-Georg Tschupke (Director of the Innovation & Industry Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Bremen) and Wiebe Brandsma (Director of Economy and Society at the Province of Zuid-Holland) together with Jeroen Rotteveel and Holger Oelze (the chairmen of SpaceNed and Aviaspace respectively).

Jeroen Rotteveel: “A good neighbour is better than a distant friend; that is why it is so logical to strengthen the ties with Bremen." Hans-Georg Tschupke adds: "This is not happening because our governments want this; there are mutual interests and the businesses and knowledge institutions are keen to collaborate."

Afterwards, during the matchmaking Meet the Dutch’, there was time for businesses to get to know each other or the knowledge institutions. There was time for informal talks as well, while enjoying drinks and caramel waffles from Zuid-Holland.