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TU Wien at the FIA 2022

This year, TU Wien exhibited innovations for the aviation industry for the first time at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), which took place near London from 18 to 22 July.

Exhibition stand of the TU Wien with visitors and Prof. Bleicher (TU Wien)

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Exhibition stand of the TU Wien at FIA 2022

After a break of 3 years due to the pandemic, the TU Wien was again represented at two major international "on-site fairs" - and not limited to their digital versions as in the last two years. The first was the Hannover Messe, opens an external URL in a new window, opens external URL in new window, which took place from 30 May to 3 June, followed by the Farnborough International Airshow in mid July.

Aviation trade fair with tradition

The FIA is usually held every two years - unless a pandemic forces its closure - at the historic flying site where the UK first flew in 1908 (about 50 km south-west of London). Of the major aviation fairs, it is particularly focused on B2B contacts and before Covid-19 had about 1,500 exhibitors and 75,000 visitors.

At FIA 2022, TU Wien's discussion partners included representatives of renowned manufacturers and suppliers to the aircraft industry, such as Airbus, Leonardo and Boeing to Safran, Rolls-Royce and GE. Companies (manufacturers of new materials and processes as well as high-quality components and processing machines) that are looking for innovation partners for the aerospace industry found the diverse interfaces to a wide range of industrial companies that TU Wien has to offer to be particularly promising. "Most of the visitors to the TU Wien stand came from Europe and the USA, but some ideas that were very interesting for TU Wien were also brought to TU Wien by companies from Asia - e.g. Japan, South Korea, India -, from Latin America and Canada," reports Peter Heimerl, Head of TU Wien Research Marketing, who organised this trade fair appearance and designed it together with Michael Weigand.

Sustainable fuels and much more

TU Wien presented news from the following areas at the FIA: "Sustainable Aviation Systems" and the corresponding endowed professorship of the BMK, "Innovative Transmissions for Aviation", "Advanced Lubrication" (from the Institute of Engineering Design and Product Development), "Advanced Control Technology" (Mechanics and Mechatronics), "Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) from Biogenic Residues" (Process Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Technical Biosciences), "Machining for Highest Quality" (Production Engineering and Photonic Technologies), the project "Across Austria - A2 " and a new "Highly Dynamic, Green Propulsion System" (TU Wien Space Team). Also integrated into the TU area was TÜV Austria - which operates the TVFA together with TU Wien - with the topic "Testing and Inspection".

The total of eight subject areas at the TU Wien booth were supervised by professors Michael Weigand, Martin Berens and Friedrich Bleicher, Florian Donner, Thomas Scheu, Marcos Jacinto, Florian Benedikt, Alexander Bartik, Harald Peherstorfer, Gerhard Wiesinger, Moritz Novak, Simon Schobesberger and Joachim Rajek (TÜV), among others.

In addition to making new international contacts, we also succeeded very well in intensifying relations with other exhibitors from Austria - including TTTech (a TU Wien spin-off), Pankl, Schiebel, Testfuchs, Tyrolit, WFL and Zoerkler. A variety of new and promising perspectives opened up at the FIA.

The WKO was kind enough to take care of stand construction and catering for the large Austrian community area as well as communication with the fair.

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DI Peter Heimerl
Research Marketing
TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
+43 1 58801 406110