The German aerospace industry continued on the road to success in 2016. This holds equally true for all our industry sectors. The major manufacturers and our efficient, highly specialized medium-sized companies all contributed equally to this result. This positive development is owed to innovation, entrepreneurial vision, targeted political support and the qualification and commitment of our employees.
Germany and Europe are among the leaders in the global aerospace industry. Our industry is increasingly becoming a strategic factor for Germany as an industrial location: we invest heavily in research and development. When it comes to issues relevant to the future such as Industry 4.0, 3D printing and the factory of the future, our industry is playing a pioneering role – with spill-over effects in other industries.