Joby Aviation opening offices in Germany?

Californian eVTOL manufacturer Joby Aviation appears to be opening its first international outpost in Europe, close to the Bavarian city of Munich, reports The German business register recorded an address change for ‘Joby Germany GmbH’ on June 11th to Kapellenstraße 22 in Unterhaching.

The location is home to a large campus of the University of Munich and notably their Institutes of both Flight Systemsand Transportation and Spatial Planningwhich could prove a valuable resource for both recruitment and technological expertise.

The site is no longer an active airfield, but stretches of tarmac runway remain. Previously known as Neubiberg Air Base the site served as a location for both the United States and German Air Forces, but today is primarily used as an area for scientific vehicle testing.

Also, It is worth pointing out that the office is only around 30km from one of the company’s biggest global competitors in the race to get an electric air taxi to market, the home-grown Bavarian eVTOL pioneer Lilium,whose HQ is just to the west at Oberpfaffenhofen Airfield.

Joby currently has two vacancies in Germany advertised on their careers page, for a Manufacturing Engineer and an Administrative Assistant. This suggests the operation is in its early stages, but a Managing Director may already have been appointed and that the team here is likely to be engaged in the design, sourcing and manufacture of components for their aircraft.

Lilium meanwhile is assembling international teams in London and Zurich that will focus on building out Software Engineering and Corporate Development teams with aircraft development and engineering remaining in Munich. It is expected that both companies will have local production setups in a variety of international locations as they move towards serial production of their aircraft over the coming years.

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