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Airbus China Innovation Centre

Fast-tracking innovation in the heart of China

Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) delivers aerospace solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives. In China, Airbus is accelerating some of the most promising and disruptive technologies that will transform the future of flight.


ACIC is Airbus’ second innovation centre after Acubed in California’s Silicon Valley. It is ideally located in Shenzhen, China, one of the world’s leading innovation hotspots.

Here, ACIC works to identify, explore and accelerate new growth opportunities. Its mission is three-fold:

  • To shape the future of flight
  • To fully leverage expertise of local talent, technology and partners
  • To collaborate with Airbus teams across business units to develop new offers and champion new ways of working
Two employees evaluate information at the Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC).


The people at ACIC are passionate about challenging the status quo. They take a hands-on approach to deliver innovation at high speed and in an agile way that demonstrates value. Recruitment efforts focus on bringing together the best cross-industry talent who share these same qualities and pairing them with experienced aerospace experts to make it happen. 

Exploration areas

Airbus Innovations has developed a datalink based on a software-defined radio platform, which realizes a video link between an unmanned ground vehicle and its ground control station with an unmanned aerial vehicle acting as a relay station to enable non-line-of-sight communication and to increase the communication range.

Hardware Lab

This Lab at ACIC focuses on developing new systems (sensors, Internet of Things, antennas, cameras, batteries) for a high-speed, lower-cost implementation.

Cabin Experience

Cabin Experience

This initiative focuses on maturing new aircraft cabin features (flexible displays, sensors, Internet of Things), specifically those of interest to Chinese and Asian passengers.

Shenzhen, China - Aug 1, 2015: View of the departure lounge of Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport. There are a lot of passengers walking around or waiting for check-in.


Connectivity demonstrators and solutions (Air-to-Ground, 5G, Beidou) developed at ACIC are focused on the Chinese market.

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Manufacturing innovation

New technologies (computer vision, Internet of Things, robotics, AR/VR) developed at ACIC leverage Airbus industrial sites in China, for a high-speed implementation across Airbus factories.


Urban Air Mobility

Urban Air Mobility solutions developed at ACIC focus on acceleration, application and industrialisation.

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