Digitization and increasing internationalization are employing more and more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Aerospace suppliers are exposed to particularly intense competition. In order to be successful in the future, they are required to digitize their processes. The large aviation companies at Tier 1 and OEM level expect their suppliers to digitally map their production processes in order to optimize their own production planning. The same applies to the degree of internationalization of SMEs. In view of the constantly increasing globalization and industrialization of the value chain, companies must internationalize their customer relationships as well as their own production and supply chain.
The DIMLA project - short for Digitalization and Internationalization Maturity Level in Aerospace - was launched to assess the maturity of SMEs in the field of digitization and internationalization. The aim is to develop a reliable and practical indicator system for the evaluation of both areas.
DIMLA project is funded by the BMBF within the framework of the funding guideline "Internationalization of Leading Clusters, Future Projects and Comparable Networks". The six national project partners met for the first time in Hamburg on October 22, 2018 for a kick-off event. Almost a month later, the international kick-off meeting with the international partners followed in Montreal. This was the first time that all project partners had met: Süderelbe AG, Hamburg Aviation, Technische Universität Hamburg, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Hanse Aerospace and Tagueri AG from Germany as well as Aéro Montréal, L'École de technologie supérieure, APN and Siemens PLM Software as international partners.