Augsburg. On the 27th March, the new project network Campus Carbon 4.0 was launched at the Technologiezentrum Augsburg (TZA). The Bavarian State Minister, Ilse Aigner, the Lord Mayor of Augsburg Dr. Kurt Gribl and the President of the University of Augsburg, Prof. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel, opened the celebrations for in excess of 120 guests. The aim is to investigate the topics addressed in the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon and to further this work in conjunction with the University of Augsburg.
Thanks to the reinforcement of top research in key topics within the Carbon Composites sector, the region has become an internationally visible beacon. Campus Carbon 4.0 is designed to network science and economy and ensure optimised value-added chains. Thanks to the connections between material sciences, production technologies and industry 4.0 topics, an understanding of processes is generated which is able to ensure that processes throughout the entire valued-added chain are extremely productive, energy and resource efficient in design and are constantly being optimised. The goals of this procedure range from the creation and safeguarding of production workplaces, to increasing exports by way of top future-proof technologies, the setting of new cross-branch impulses and the attraction of EU funding to Bavaria. Bavaria's Minister for Economy, Aigner: "The Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon is a Bavarian success story. It combines the competences of companies throughout the entire value- added chain and sets international standards in CFRP technology. The innovation dynamic generated by MAl Carbon radiates to the whole of Bavaria and strengthens the Free State as an economic and scientific area. We would like to build on this development: For this reason, once federal funding runs out this year, we will be specifically promoting the subsequent project Campus Carbon 4.0." For the R&D joint projects, the Bavarian Ministry for Economy is investing 15 million euros for five years, and the industry also will be matching this sum. The superordinate coordination and networking of the projects is implemented by the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon and thus Carbon Composites e.V.
The University of Augsburg, with the Institute of Materials Resource Management and the Institute of Software & Systems Engineering represents material development and testing, recycling process and industry 4.0 topics, the Fraunhofer IGCV for the construction and modelling sector and for various manufacturing processes and the automation of such. The process chain is covered in full by the close cooperation between the research institutes and the participating industrial partners. Initial project ideas are already in place, and implementation will begin as soon as possible. This creates yet another foundation for future innovation in Augsburg.
Caption: Guest speaker at the launch event for Campus Carbon 4.0.
(above, from left to right): Joachim Nägele (Premium Aerotec GmbH), Dr. Lars Herbeck (Voith Composites GmbH), Dr. Tjark von Reden (Spitzencluster MAI Carbon), Ralph Hufschmied (Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme GmbH), Dr. Richard Söhnchen (Automation W+R GmbH)
(below, from left to right): Prof. Klaus Drechsler (Fraunhofer IGCV / TU München), Prof. Siegfried Horn (Universität Augsburg), Prof. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel (Präsidentin der Universität Augsburg), Ilse Aigner (Bayerische Staatsministerin), Dr. Kurt Gribl (Oberbürgermeister Augsburg)