The signing of the partnership was finalized during a ceremony chaired by Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, on June 10, 2021.

The German-French Academy for the Industry of the Future, co-founded by Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), has created an innovative cooperation model aimed at fostering innovation and digital transformation. With support from Fondation Mines-Télécom, it founded the industrial “Partners Club”, through which major stakeholders gain access to an ecosystem pursuing excellence in research. The aerospace and aeronautics sectors are currently tackling major technological challenges related artificial to intelligence, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing, and hydrogen propulsion systems. In this context, Airbus and ArianeGroup, the two European leaders in these fields, recently became the first official members of the Academy’s Partners Club, with the aim of sharpening their forward-looking strategies.

Founded on the experience and expertise of Fondation Mines-Télécom, the Partners Club was designed to facilitate interactions and technology transfer between the industrial and academic worlds. From the Academy’s perspective, the entry of Airbus and ArianeGroup in the club opens new horizons for future research and training initiatives, while also developing a pool of French and German experts in Industry 4.0. The Academy currently brings together 150 researchers from both countries.