MAI iBIC - International Bridges for Innovation in Carbon Composites
MAI Carbon is a Leading-Edge Cluster situated in the Munich-Augsburg-Ingolstadt region, of the third round. The cluster has been sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2012 and has meanwhile developed into one of the leading international networks with emphasis on carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP). MAI Carbon is integrated into a larger network as department of Carbon Composites e.V. The cluster addresses the three core sectors aerospace, car manufacturing and plant construction and mechanical engineering, for which the MAI region is also internationally renowned. MAI Carbon is characterised by a very heterogeneous partner structure (106 partners). The Leading-Edge Cluster pursues the goal of making the CFRP technology with springboard innovations capable of serial production before 2020 and also of strengthening the competitive position of the MAI Carbon partners. Essential components of this objective are joint projects, where the MAI Carbon partners work on specific questions to develop carbon composites along the innovation strategy. MAI Carbon has developed into an internationally visible lighthouse for the fibre composite technology over the years. Within the Leading-Edge Cluster considerable successes have been able to be achieved, resulting in great innovation leaps and increase in knowledge on the part of the MAI partners.
Nevertheless, topics have arisen in a bottom-up process for strategic orientation, which it makes sense to solve within international collaborations. Two regions (South Korea: Carbon Valley and USA: IACMI) have emerged, with whom MAI Carbon will cooperate in future, in order to initiate international inter-cluster collaborations. A sustainable concept with defined contents and framework conditions is to be developed for this in a strategy phase from 2017 - 2018.
The following objectives are the focal point of the internationalisation measure of MAI Carbon in doing so: On the one hand, the technological development should be advanced in the short term, by identifying technology gaps by MAI Carbon and searching for suitable partners internationally. On the other hand, it is very important to advance the strengthening of the international visibility and networking of the partners. Furthermore, the goal is pursued to develop broader knowledge structures and to participate in international developments. This is to be implemented by the development of exchange and collaboration structures of colleges, universities and institutes. A further important element is the development of new markets, to generate value chains in new fields. Economic added values for the different stakeholder groups, especially for the small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME), should emerge in the medium term here and new value chains across countries and sectors be initiated. This objective is accompanied by a multi-dimensional location and communication campaign, which will be organised for specific target groups and informs the public about the internationalisation project.