Bavarian carbon composites industry among winners of federal contest in Berlin


The Bavarian cluster MAI-Carbon is one of 5 winners at the “Top industrial clusters” contest, held by the German Education and Research Ministry. MAI-Carbon, named after the 3 participating Bavarian cities (Munich, Augsburg, Ingolstadt), is an initiative of the Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV), a sectorial association with more than 130 members (companies as well as research institutions), most of them from the automotive, aerospace and machinery industries (Audi, Premium Aerotec, Eurocopter, Voith, etc.)

The results of the contest were unveiled in Berlin: Winners are entitled to up to 80 million Euros in support programs for research and development over a 5-year period. This will enable the Bavarian carbon fibre sector to develop further and assert Bavaria’s reputation as a center for high-tech industries. The goal is to make carbon fibre strengthened materials a group of materials for the 21st century, e.g. to introduce their exceptional construction characteristics on an industrial scale as soon as 2020.

The high-tech cluster contest is flagship of Germany’s High-Tech Strategy. Under the slogan “Germany’s high tech clusters: More Innovation. More growth. More jobs.”, it was created in 2007 by the federal Ministry of Education and Research. Its goals are to support the most promising high-tech sectors in order to help them internationalize their activities and make Germany an even more attractive place as a center for innovation. In the automotive and aerospace industries, carbon fibers are of particular importance since they help reduce the overall weight of vehicles, thereby reducing the energy consumption and noxious emissions.