Excellence Initiative: Network between Research and Industry

While building network clusters for universities and institutions, AMAC is your competent partner for extensive support in the areas of networking, business matchmaking, selection of technology, acquisition of new projects, education & training and the implementation of joint research projects.

As of 2012, AMAC has been supporting the Technological University RWTH Aachen in establishing, the their new Institute "Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production Technology" (AZL). In five years of fruitful cooperation, AMAC has been developping and built up, together with AZL Aachen GmbH, a network of over 80 partner companies, ranging from small and medium sized companies to large multinationals along the entire lightweight value chain. Many groundbreaking projects and pioneering developments in the composites and advanced materials technology have been established. For example in the field of hybrid thermoplastic composites, high-speed RTM, high-performance SMC, composites pipes and vessels, or for new potentials for composite technologies in buildings and infrastructure.

Through the Excellence Initiative of the German government, internationally visible and competitive research institutions (Cluster of Excellence) will be established at German universities. Close cooperation between research and industry will thus be facilitated. Academic staff, researchers and students can collaborate shoulder to shoulder with employees of innovative industrial companies.
In addition, the Excellence clusters bring outstanding career conditions for young scientists. www.exzellenz.rwth-aachen.de

In the coming 10 years, three new Excellence Cluster with a total of 19 Institutes will be established at the new Campus of the University of Technology (RWTH) in Aachen/ Germany, of which 6 have been completed by end 2016. The AZL will serve as the centerpiece of the new campus encouraging and promoting intensive exchange between industry partners and academic research. In addition, the AZL will offer consulting services as well as job training and continuing educational programs for industrial companies.

AMAC is advising and supporting the RWTH in setting up the AZL through the Excellence Cluster “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries” with the aim of improving cooperation between materials sciences and production technology. The target is to create the automated production of load- and cost-optimized lightweight components and mass production, but with versatile process chains, both in composite and in multi-material construction.

AZL Partnership Brochure

AZL - Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production