The Skywin Wallonie cluster represents some 7,500 direct jobs and 1.75 billion euros in turnover, 90% relating to exports. Between its creation in 2006 and today, Skywin has seen its number of members increase significantly, from 86 to 158 establishments. Among them, there are 126 businesses (over 85% of which are SMEs) and 21 universities, research centres or competence centres. Like all the competitiveness clusters, Skywin operates on a project basis. Since 2006, Skywin has seen 85 of its projects accredited by the jury established by the Walloon authorities. If we look at these projects more closely, 54 projects relate to R&D. There are 21 investment projects and 10 training projects. 265 million euros, with more than a third coming from private industrialists in Wallonia, has been invested in these projects. Last but not least: Walloon aeronautics companies, which represent 70% of the Belgian sector, provide an average of 5% for each Airbus.
Potential collaborations between clusters to develop R&D projets between our members
Mr. Michel STASSART Deputy Managing Director for space activities