At the Paris Air Show 2015 the Dutch Composites Maintenance Centre agreement was signed between Fokker, NLR, Airborne and TU-Delft. The DCMC will initiate and support innovations in the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul of composite (aero)structures

During the Paris Air Show in France, on June 16, 2015, the collaboration agreement for the Dutch Composites Maintenance Centre was signed by the founding fathers Fokker Services, NLR, Airborne Services and the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology. The event at the Netherlands Aerospace Group pavilion was witnessed by representatives of the Royal Netherlands Airforce, the Dutch Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The DCMC knowledge and innovation centre will be located in the aerospace maintenance cluster around the Royal Netherlands Air Force base Woensdrecht. The ambition of the DCMC is to become an international leading and independent authority which initiates and supports the innovations in the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul of composite structures. This is done by guiding the different (inter)national innovation projects and execution of research and development programmes initiated by DCMC members.

Cooperation is the strength of the Aerospace Cluster. The core of the cluster is formed by the Royal Netherlands Air Force, NLR, Fokker Technologies, Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands and the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft. The size and composition of the core team makes the cluster controllable, manageable and long reach. Projects that contribute to innovations in the field of military aerospace derive from the innovation agenda of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Depending on the subject and the necessary expertise the cluster involves other parties in the projects. The result is the perfect match in terms of cooperation and maximum value for the parties involved and the aerospace industry as a whole. For the Dutch knowledge economy provides the collaboration with educational institutions and industry knowledge great benefits. Collaboration is increasingly becoming the key to success in the current era.