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Chinese air taxi start-up AutoFlight opens European headquarters in Augsburg
AutoFlight is a global tech start-up based in Shanghai that develops and manufactures electric flying machines for passenger transportation. The opening of the new location was celebrated with a casual get-together in Augsburg. Invest in Bavaria supported the company in establishing itself in the Free State.
AutoFlight is primarily engaged in the development of safe and reliable flight logistics systems as well as Advanced Air Mobility solutions for passenger transportation. The start-up focuses on new technologies such as artificial intelligence, highly automated flying, 5G technology and innovative materials to further develop the eVTOL industry. The company operates a plant for the production of composite materials in Jining, China.
Competence centre, B2B sector, skilled workers and central location led to the location decision
A research and development centre is being set up as the European headquarters at the Augsburg site. The focus is on the certification of the air taxi “Prosperity I” with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). A technology cluster with partners, service providers and suppliers will be created for this purpose. Augsburg is also to be expanded into a Europe-wide customer centre in the medium term.
“There is an airport here for the test and certification flights. Augsburg is also located in a centre of competence for everything related to aviation – with the universities and colleges in Augsburg, Munich and Stuttgart, but also many supplier companies and other manufacturers. As a result, there are also more skilled workers and talents here than elsewhere.”
– Mark R. Henning, Managing Director AutoFlight Europe GmbH
Invest in Bavaria’s “Hock di her” event series: direct dialogue between businesses and policymakers
AutoFlight was also a participant in the “Hock di her” event at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy with Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger in May 2022. The aim of the format is direct exchange between Bavarian politicians and important representatives of the business community. Learn more about the event coordinated by Invest in Bavaria in the video.
We are delighted that Invest in Bavaria was able to support the establishment of AutoFlight and we wish the company continued success in Bavaria. Invest in Bavaria will also be happy to assist with the planned expansion of the site in the future.