Organisation of Bauhaus Luftfahrt
Bauhaus Luftfahrt e. V. was founded in 2005 as an independent non-profit research institution in reference to the historical Bauhaus in Dessau. Since 2013, it has received institutional funding from the Free State of Bavaria, having its office at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus near Munich since 2015. The Executive Director Research and Technology and the Executive Director Finance and Organisation are the Managing Directors. The General Assembly and the Advisory Board are the Supervisory Boards. Regularly occurring evaluations by external and independent evaluation panels from the aviation sector additionally serve to secure the scientific quality.
Members of Bauhaus Luftfahrt are four well-known aerospace companies – Airbus, IABG, Liebherr-Aerospace, MTU Aero Engines – as well as the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, which has provided institutional funding since 2013. In 2020, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) entered Bauhaus Luftfahrt as a new funding member.
Airbus pioneers sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world. The company constantly innovates to provide efficient and technologically advanced solutions in aerospace, defence, and connected services. In commercial aircraft, Airbus offers modern and fuel-efficient airliners and associated services. Airbus is also a European leader in defence and security and one of the world’s leading space businesses. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions and services worldwide.
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. We conduct research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security, and digitalisation. The German Space Agency at DLR plans and implements the national space programme on behalf of the federal government. Two DLR project management agencies oversee funding programmes and support knowledge transfer. Climate, mobility, and technology are changing globally. DLR uses the expertise of its 54 research institutes and facilities to develop solutions to these challenges. Our 10,000 employees (as of February 2021) share a mission – to explore Earth and space and develop technologies for a sustainable future. In doing so, DLR contributes to strengthening Germany’s position as a prime location for research and industry.
Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH (IABG) was created in 1961 on the initiative of the Federal Republic of Germany as a central analysis and testing facility for the aerospace industry and the Ministry of Defence. IABG was privatised in 1993 and today is an owner-managed European technology company with the core competencies of analysis, simulation & testing as well as with plant and system operation. The “security” issue hereby forms the portfolio’s thematic umbrella: functional reliability of newly developed high-tech products and transport systems (safety sector) as well as security of state, business, and society (security sector). In this context, IABG furnishes technical and scientific services for private and public customers in the main business fields of Automotive • InfoCom • Mobility & Energy • Environment & Geodata services • Aeronautics • Space • Defence & Security. IABG employs about 1,000 highly qualified staff at its head office in Ottobrunn as well as in other customer-oriented subsidiaries across Germany and abroad. IABG is independent of corporate affiliations and product-neutral, and exclusively represents – often in a rating capacity – the interests of its customers. Its clientele is essentially composed of renowned industrial players (manufacturers of aeronautics and space systems, of automobiles and their suppliers) as well as of important Federal Ministries (e.g. Federal Ministry of Defence) and various State Ministries (here in particular Ministries of Internal Affairs).
Liebherr-Aerospace is a leading supplier of systems for the aviation industry and has more than six decades of experience in this field. The range of aviation equipment produced by Liebherr for the civil and military sectors includes flight control and actuation systems, gears and gearboxes, landing gear and air management systems, as well as electronics. Participation in all major aircraft programmes and numerous research and development projects is proof to Liebherr’s technological competence and powerful innovative capabilities, e.g. the first ever 3D-printed primary flight control component. Liebherr’s aerospace and transportation systems division employs around 6,200 people. It has four aviation equipment production plants at Lindenberg (Germany), Toulouse (France), Guaratinguetá (Brazil), and Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). These production sites offer a worldwide service with additional customer service centres in Saline (Michigan/USA), Seattle (Washington/USA), Montreal (Canada), Hamburg (Germany), Moscow (Russia), Dubai (UAE), Bangalore (India), Singapore, and Shanghai (People’s Republic of China).
MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer and an established global player. The company is a technological leader in low-pressure turbines, high-pressure compressors, turbine centre frames, as well as manufacturing processes and repair techniques. Some 30 percent of today’s active aircraft in service worldwide have MTU components on board. In the commercial maintenance sector, the company ranks among the top three service providers for commercial aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. The activities are combined under the roof of MTU Maintenance. In the military arena, MTU is Germany’s industrial lead company for practically all engines operated by the country’s military. MTU operates a network of locations around the globe; Munich is home to its corporate headquarters. In fiscal 2020, the company had a workforce of some 10,000 employees and posted consolidated sales of about four billion euros.
Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy
Bavaria – a competitive site. The objective of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy is to open up opportunities for the future of our citizens. It focuses on maintaining Bavaria’s competitive edge as a business location, strengthening Bavaria’s economic performance, supporting start-ups, and creating attractive employment opportunities. It is guided by the social market economic model, an economic system of freedom, social justice, and the future.