ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research

ZAL is the technological research and development network of the civil aviation industry in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It functions as an interface between academic & research institutions, the aviation sector, and the City of Hamburg, aimed at securing and continually expanding the world’s third-largest civil aviation site, following the motto: Future. Created in Hamburg.


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This is the right place to get to know the ZAL TechCenter better! Discover the research center on a virtual tour and learn more about our topics, infrastructure, and cooperation partners.

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ZAL Yearbook 2019

Here you find the digital version of the ZAL Yearbook 2019 (ZAL-YB-019). All ZAL yearbooks are published annually in english.

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News and Events

ZAL Innovation Talk

Lufthansa Technik is globally renowned as a market leader for Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul, looking at years of steady growth and record numbers in revenue and profit. Until this year: like every other segment in commercial aviation, the MRO industry has been impacted dramatically by the COVID19 pandemic.


AI Aviation Lab: What you should know about our ARTISTs

Your new research project is to be equipped with artificial intelligence? You want to experiment with AI? Then you’ve come to the right place. Our AI Aviation Lab invites you to experiment. Various tools for the development of AI prototypes are just waiting for you to try them out. And should questions arise: Our AI […]


Non Planar Printing – new perspectives for hybrid production

Robotics and additive manufacturing in one? Robot-guided additive manufacturing (RAM), a hybrid manufacturing process, combines the best of both worlds. Our engineers use robot kinematics for this. It results in greater freedom of movement than with conventional printing processes. For hybrid manufacturing, this opens up new possibilities, such as novel designs and manufacturing techniques for combining components.


How does a robot learn to fish?

Do we at ZAL GmbH have a new sporting hobby? No, we do not develop fishing robots. The inspiration for the title is old wisdom of the Chinese philosopher Confucius: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life." A saying that can be applied more and more to modern automation technology, more precisely to robotics.


ZAL ²TableNetwork

On June 24th, FoLuHH hosted the new event format ZAL ²TableNetwork (pronounced "SquareTableNetwork"). It is a workshop modeled after the so-called Roundtable Discussions. It supports an interdisciplinary exchange across company borders.



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