BAIE (Barcelona Aeronautics and Space Association) is an aeronautics and space cluster in Barcelona, Catalonia. Today BAIE has more than 90 members. It is a member of the European Aviation Clusters Partnership. It is also a platform created in November 2000 as an initiative of the Mayor of Barcelona Joan Clos, which aims to promote the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona and Catalonia as a competitive setting for activities related to the aeronautical industry and space. It has its headquarters in the city of Barcelona, Nexus II Building, on the North Campus of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.
The main objectives of the BAIE are:
- Develop a cluster to increase the activity of the aerospace industry (aeronautics and space) in the sector in the Metropolitan Region of Barcelona and Catalonia.
- Attract investment from the region’s aerospace industries.
- Establish strategic relationships, cooperation and R&D agreements within the aeronautical community and space, especially due to the proximity to the Toulouse area (Airbus headquarters)