As part of plans to accelerate innovation and shape the future of flight, we will set up our Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) in the city of Shenzhen, widely considered to be the “Silicon Valley” of China.
We have also sealed a cooperation framework agreement with Invest Shenzhen to create a long-term strategic partnership with the city, which boasts high-end aviation R&D facilities and an advanced manufacturing industry value chain as well as considerable talent resources and a highly commercial business environment.
The agreement will help us accelerate our R&D efforts and the industrialisation of the in-flight experience across many key areas including connectivity, new energy systems and urban air mobility (UAM). The agreement was signed by ACIC CEO Luo Gang and Wang Youming, Director General of Invest Shenzhen.
Gang, who joined Airbus in July this year, is tasked with making the innovation centre fully operational for its official opening later in 2017. The centre already has a number of ongoing initiatives in autonomous flight, UAM and in-flight experience and is also in discussion with top partners in relevant industries.
The new Airbus China Innovation Centre will serve to strengthen our extended worldwide innovation ecosystem that already includes a Silicon Valley innovation centre, A³. Gang says, “The innovation centre will benefit from the advantages of policy planning, talent resources and a favourable investment and financing environment from Shenzhen to impact global aviation innovation. The city boasts global competitive advantages in technology research and development, industrialisation and international expansion.”
The signing of the deal was witnessed by Airbus Chief Technology Officer Paul Eremenko, Airbus China CEO Eric Chen and Axel Flaig, Senior Vice President of Research and Technology of Airbus, as well as by Shenzhen Mayor Chen Rugui, Deputy Mayor Gao Zimin and Li Tingzhong, Secretary-General of Shenzhen Municipal People’s Government.