22 February 2021 - Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) is the voice of Europe’s aeronautics, space, defence and security manufacturing industry. Headquartered in Brussels, with the space division (ASD-Eurospace) based in Paris, our association actively supports the competitive development of our industries in Europe and worldwide by advocating common positions and providing technical expertise to institutions and member companies.
Our members form a unique, diverse and buoyant ecosystem that is of strategic importance for Europe. They are major contributors to the European economy with an annual turnover of €260 billion, representing roughly 890,000 highly skilled employees. ASD represents both directly – through our 18 company members – and indirectly – through our 23 national association members – over 3,000 companies of all sizes from 18 countries (see below). All of ASD’s work is supported by both our direct company members and through the wider ASD community whereby original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including new entrants, participate.
Our companies constantly work with cutting edge technologies and push the boundaries of what is possible. Integrating new technologies into complex systems, our members drive innovation and develop highly competitive products that are key enablers for mobility, security and defence. Due to this, ASD is actively working on traditional aviation topics, such as initial and continuing airworthiness, air traffic management and environment. Further, ASD is actively working on new and emerging topics, such as: urban air mobility (UAM), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned air traffic management (UTM), artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity.
Moreover, ASD has proven to be able to develop a fruitful cooperation with the other main aviation stakeholders through multiple and successful joint activities, an example being the Aviation Roundtable Report on the Recovery of the Aviation Sector, which was very recently handed over to the European Commission. ASD has also been a fundamental interlocutor of the EU institutions at different levels and on a number of important Initiatives, such as the MFF negotiations, the governance of Civil Aviation Research partnerships, Environmental Sustainability and Skills Agenda.
ASD, therefore, represents the whole manufacturing supply chain across Europe and is actively working in all areas in civil aviation from general aviation to commercial air transport relevant for our members. As a result, ASD would like to affirm its position, enforced by its proven track record, as the point of contact for all civil aviation activities in Europe. ASD is committed to continue its support for your activities and looks forward to engaging in future cooperation with you in emerging, new and traditional areas.
 ASD, ‘Facts & Figures’, https://www.asd-europe.org/news-publications/facts-figures.  ASD, ‘Members’, https://www.asd-europe.org/about-us/members.
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