For more than 40 years, the Institut Aéronautique et Spatial (IAS), French aeronautic and space industry training agency on international level, has been designing and implementing professional training programs, in France and abroad. In order to face new challenges, the IAS board has ratificated the merger treaty of the IAS by Aerospace Valley from December 1st 2020, on the occasion of its General Assembly, held on November 19th.

Aerospace Valley is the first world competitiveness cluster for the aerospace sector serving three strategic industries – Aeronautics, Space and Drones – and covering the Occitanie-Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions. First aerospace cluster in Europe, it supports cooperative R&D projects and companies of the aerospace sector. It aims at encouraging innovation to boost the growth of its members and take on the challenges of tomorrow. The cluster associates the Occitanie-Pyrénées-Méditerranée and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions, which is the first European labor pool in the Aerospace and Drones sector: 146,000 industrial employments, 13,000 students, 8,500 researchers and 1,900 establishments. Aerospace Valley is in charge of animating a dynamic network of  international reputation, composed of 825 members (industries, research labs, training centres, universities and high schools, local authorities, structures for economic development) representing a qualified network of over 10 000 contacts.

The relevance of this merger for IAS is to offer its customers and partners new expertise and business opportunities, thanks to a constantly growing network into the Occitanie and Nouvelle Aquitaine regions. On the Aerospace Valley side, it consists in contributing to the development of the aerospace field on the region and strengthen its capacity to support SME’s in their export activities. Finally, it represents a great opportunity for the two entities to enlarge their network.

This merger goes together with the move of the IAS staff, which will join the prestigious B612, aerospace innovation center of Toulouse, enhancing national and international outreach of the Toulouse Aerospace. Our new address from December 1st is :

Bâtiment B612, 3 Rue Tarfaya, CS 64403
31405 TOULOUSE cedex 4

This new adventure will be full of new encounters and challenges, allowing us to enlarge our scope of activities and continue to guarantee the best quality of services.