The Schoenhagen airfield south of Berlin could become for civil aviation what Silicon Valley is for the USA. In a miniature format, of course, but no less innovative. Preparations are being made here to transform aviation from a traditional to a climate-neutral and quiet industry – both with regard to passenger as well as to cargo aircraft. Another research focus is the creation of CO2-neutral airports. This is what leading aviation experts came together to discuss last week in Schoenhagen, near Berlin.
Aviation needs transformation urge (from l to r): Torsten Jueling, Cargo Chief Berlin Airports / Hugo Duchemin, MD Comworxx / Patrick Muller, SVP Ops BER / Klaus-Jürgen Schwahn, Chief Schoenhagen Airpt. / Andreas Timmermann, Head of BBAA – photo: hs/CFG
Over 70 participants took part in our information seminar “The aerospace market in France: Current developments and opportunities”. The speakers Thilo Schönfeld from the Aerospace Valley Innovation Cluster, Hugo Duchemin and Marcus A. Jungermann from COMWORXX gave an informative overview of the current market development and entry opportunities. The event was rounded off by Dajana Pefestorff from the Brandenburg Economic Development Agency, who provided information on funding opportunities.
"Breaking down cultural and linguistic barriers, qualifying potential customers and partners in the neighboring country, taking on sales work up to the conclusion of the contract - these are typical fields of work for the Franco-German start-up."
You're stronger together than alone. This simple statement is well known in the European aviation industry, but if Hamburg Aviation member COMWORXX has its way, it has not yet been implemented everywhere. In Germany and France, the regional and national ecosystems have grown and structured in a healthy way, so a merger of the two markets - apart from the Airbus activities - with corresponding growth potential is more than obvious, believes the member of the month of November. Both countries acted largely separately - as recently confirmed by a BDLI study - and this particularly in the market segment with the highest development potential, the medium-sized businesses.
In 2018, France was the guest of honor at the ILA. The occasion was the signing of the relevant FCAS contracts by the German and French defense ministers, a starting signal for an increasingly common approach in the development of new partnerships in the aviation industry. The later founders of COMWORXX, Marcus Jungermann and Hugo Duchemin, at that time still colleagues as aviation experts in a logistics group, acted as intermediaries between BDLI and its French counterpart GIFAS, also as VIP guides for French parliamentarians.
At home in both countries, with a professional background from Airbus, Lufthansa and Air France, the two managed voluntary talks between potential partners, which in at least one case resulted in a later cooperation. This is how the business idea for COMWORXX came about naturally. Breaking down cultural and linguistic barriers, qualifying potential customers and partners in the neighboring country, taking on sales work right through to the conclusion of a contract - these are typical fields of work for COMWORXX. Hugo Duchemin assures anyone who is still hesitant to set up a local sales organization can fall back on COMWORXX to handle the first export transactions. Purchasing also makes use of COMWORXX's expertise to expand its supply chain to the neighboring market.
COMWORXX is based in Germany and France.