Three years ago, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, Head of the Hydro Center for Research & amp; Development in Bonn, the project. “Open innovation will pay off for us. By sharing ideas and directly networking industry and science in one place, we increase creativity and effectiveness in discovering new solutions and developing them to market maturity, ”says Schneider.
In the past two years, the good echo from that time has turned into a concrete institution: the open innovation research cluster "Advanced Metals and Processes", or AMAP for short. And Schneider has taken on the task of presiding over the advisory board.
The aim of the research cluster is the research, development as well as training and further education in the fields of metal production, the further processing of metals and the production of products from metals and metallic materials. The cluster pursues the evolutionary idea of joint research in one place, across industries and institutes. AMAP will implement this approach at the Aachen location.
In addition to Hydro, the companies Aleris, Ford, Magma, Mubea, Nemak, Novelis, Simufact, SMS-Group and Trimet are also involved as initiators on the industrial side.
Initiators of the Projects are on the RWTH Aachen website:
• the Institute for Metallurgical Process Technology and Metal Recycling with Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Bernd Friedrich,
• the foundry institute with Univ.- Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Bührig-Polaczek,
• the Institute for Formative Design with Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hirt,
• the Institute for Metallurgy and Metal Physics with Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. H. c. Günter Gottstein.
Another six RWTH institutes of the Aluminum Engineering Center AEC eV are also indirectly involved.
After the drafting and signing of the cooperation agreements, the first advisory board meeting on September 3rd gave the operational go-ahead for the Research cluster AMAP. While Wolfgang Schneider takes over the advisory board chair, Prof. Bernd Friedrich is the speaker for the RWTH-CAMPUS project. The management take over Dr. Rolf Weber as technical and Dr. Peter von den Brincken as commercial managing director.
The research priorities and goals are defined. The project work starts with five joint projects on the topics of rolling, forging, casting, degree of purity and recycling. In total, around 30 engineers and scientists from the founding companies and institutes will work in these projects at the beginning. AMAP is interested in expanding the research topics and adding additional partners.
After a successful start-up phase, it is intended to integrate AMAP into the RWTH Aachen CAMPUS project.