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, Energy and Technology, which has provided institutional funding since 2013. In 2016, the Förderverein Bauhaus Luftfahrt e. V. – in a sense of a “society of friends” – entered Bauhaus Luftfahrt as a new member.
Airbus is a global leader in aerospace, defence, and related services. The group comprises Airbus Commercial Aircraft as a leading global manufacturer of highly innovative commercial aircraft, Airbus Defence and Space as defence and space leader in Europe, providing tanker, combat, transport, and mission aircraft as well as space systems, equipment, and services, and Airbus Helicopters, which offers the widest range of civil and military helicopters in the world. Airbus is a major partner in the Eurofighter consortium and a stakeholder in the missile systems provider MBDA and a 50 percent partner in the turboprop aircraft maker ATR. In 2012, Airbus – known as EADS until January 1st, 2014 – generated revenues of 56.5 billion euros and employed a workforce of over 140,000.
IABG was founded as a central analysis and testing organisation for the aeronautics industry and the Federal Ministry of Defence in 1961 as part of an initiative by the German government and today is a leading European technology provider with core competencies in the sector of simulation and testing (safety and security). The company is headquartered in Ottobrunn. Among IABG’s customers are technology-intensive industries, such as the sectors mechanical and plant engineering, IT and telecommunications, rail, aviation and space as well as the automotive industry, but also public clients on local, regional, federal, and EU level. The enterprise is group-independent, hardware-neutral and exclusively represents the interests of its customers. IABG was privatised in 1993 and today is an owner-managed company. IABG employs over 1,000 highly qualified employees at 13 locations in Germany and across the EU. The company offers its employees challenging tasks and interesting future prospects.
In five decades, Liebherr-Aerospace has established itself as one of the leading aircraft equipment suppliers for air systems, flight control- and actuation systems as well as landing gears. Participation in all major aircraft programmes – including each individual model of the Airbus family – is proof to Liebherr’s technological competence and performance in developing and supplying advanced systems. Liebherr-Aerospace develops and produces in Lindenberg (Germany), Toulouse (France), and São Paulo (Brazil). A new Liebherr production site is currently under construction in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia). Liebherr’s “Aerospace and Transportation Systems” division employs almost 4,000 people.
MTU Aero Engines
MTU Aero Engines is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer and a global player in the industry. The company has a total workforce of about 8,200 employees. The company is the world’s largest independent provider of civil engine maintenance services. In the military arena, MTU is the systems partner for virtually all aircraft engines of the Bundeswehr. A technology leader worldwide, MTU excels in low-pressure turbines and high-pressure compressors as well as manufacturing and repair techniques. During the fiscal year 2012, the company generated a revenue of more than 3.3 billion euros.
Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology
The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology focuses on strengthening the performance of Bavaria’s economy and scientific community. The goal of Bavaria’s research and technology policy is to ensure that the Free State continues to maintain a leading position among the hightech countries of the world in the 21st century. By further expanding its research establishments, intensifying the transfer of technology to the industry, and providing venture capital, Bavaria is boosting its technological competitiveness in traditional sectors, while at the same time promoting the emergence and establishment of new, future-oriented branches of industry and services.