Message of greeting
The future of mobility is a story still to be written
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
Ladies and Gentlemen,
we are currently undergoing profound changes – with bold strategic decisions to be taken in the near future. You are all well aware of the big industrial opportunities: increasing passenger traffic worldwide, new possibilities in the field of drone technologies and urban air mobility – just to name a few.
But at the same time: the growing volume of traffic worldwide has a huge environmental impact, too. So the case for new concepts in sustainable mobility is louder than ever.
As the Federal Government of Germany: we want to make new mobility happen. And we want it to be a strong business case. Many companies in Germany are working on this. This holds true for the big industrial players as well as for small and medium enterprises and start-ups alike.
And the Federal Government is clearly supportive of this work. Just this year, we launched our new call for the Aviation Research Programme LuFo. The programme features a strong new focus on forward-looking technologies like electric propulsion and sustainable air mobility. Within the new LuFo call, almost 22 million euros are granted for projects in automated and unmanned aviation. In addition, we are also spending nearly 30 million euros on projects especially focusing on urban air mobility.
With this in mind, it is a particular pleasure to welcome you to Airtec 19. With its re-launched concept focusing on topics like eMobility, air taxis and autonomous flying, Airtec is a good hub for networking. Airtec brings together partners from the aerospace and automotive industries with research institutions and decision-makers from all over Europe, the USA and China. So international participation at Airtec19 especially, is as strong as ever. With exhibitors and participants from Europe and beyond, Airtec is a market place for international success.
As Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, I encourage you to explore the stunning business opportunities for aerospace and new mobility in Germany and right here in Munich.