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“Blockchain – the future of engine & component history”

DGTA and The NAG organises an Aero Engine Round Table on Wednesday May 8th 2019 from 13:00 – 17:00 hrs at Proponent in Alphen aan den Rijn with the theme “Blockchain – the future of engine & component history”. An Aero Engine Round Table session characterises itself by featuring a limited number of selected participants, bringing together subject matter experts, and having key note speakers addressing a contemporary topic followed by a plenary discussion involving all attendees. This guarantees a focused exchange of experiences and high quality of discussion, thus ensuring a high return-on-time-invested for you as invitee.

Blockchain is most commonly associated with the financial sector, but there is also a huge, untapped market for the technology in commercial aviation. Blockchain is a distributed ledger or database running on many devices and open to anyone within the blockchain. Throughout an aero engine’s or component’s entire lifecycle, anyone who is in any way involved with this item (be it the OEM, the distributor, the engineer, or the maintenance technician) uploads information on what they have done, and it is added back into the blockchain for all stakeholders to see.

The purpose of the “Blockchain – the future of engine & component history” Round Table is to show applications within as well as outside the aerospace production / maintenance domain, and to discuss the potential of this technology in terms of providing an additional competitive advantage for companies. Subsequently, the participants are invited to assess blockchain applications within their own organisation and to jointly review the challenges to be overcome when facing implementation.

The following key-note speakers are providing presentations based on their company’s experience:

• Dirk Berlee (KLM E&M – Change Manager) “blokchain proof of concept for KLM component services”
• Benjamin Nieuwland (Proponent – Marketing Intelligence Officer) “A comparison of current aircraft parts related Blockchains”
• Arno Laeven (Consultant Blockchain) “4 years, 5 companies and 20 use cases in blockchain”
Despite the benefits of blockchain, there are still challenges to be overcome which are to be discussed during the round table session, such as:
• technical challenges that arise from implementing blockchain;
• business challenges around the contentious issue of data ownership and competitiveness;
• knowledge challenges where not all players in the engine value chain may be early adopters.

Probing interest
Participants who may be interested to participate in a pilot project are welcome to make their interest known.

We would greatly appreciate your attendance at and participation in this Aero Engine Round Table on May 8th 2019 from 13:00 – 17:00 hrs at Proponent in Alphen aan den Rijn. Please inform Dennis Mulder if you would like to join this Round Table via a reply by mail (
There is no participation fee for this Aero Engine Round Table.
This event is made possible by a topsector HTSM TKI grant.


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