29.03.2017 – Last Monday, March 27, 2017, the kick-off event for the new Campus Carbon 4.0 project network took place at the Augsburg Technology Center. The event was opened by the Bavarian Minister of State, Ilse Aigner, the Mayor of the City of Augsburg, Dr. Kurt Gribl and the President of the University of Augsburg, Prof. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel.
Here, the CEO of Autision Group GmbH, Dr. Richard Söhnchen, reported on the goals of the new project network from the perspective of medium-sized businesses. “Through the new Campus Carbon 4.0 project network, SMEs are now enabled to understand the market needs and what is feasible. The networking enables a focus on customer needs. While research turns money into knowledge, SMEs turn knowledge into money,” said Dr. Richard Söhnchen. In addition, he expressed his gratitude for the successful work of the Mai Carbon team in collaboration with Composite Carbon, through which a leading-edge platform has been created in recent years, enabling intensive cooperation between a wide range of industrial partners. Finally, he highlighted the importance of the topics of digitalization and Industry 4.0 in relation to the new project network.
The new project network aims to further promote research in the field of carbon composites together with the University of Augsburg in the future and to create a network between industry and research institutions in order to effectively implement innovative project ideas. These projects are supported by the Bavarian State Ministry with 15 million euros.
Caption: The guest speakers 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 (Leading-Edge Cluster 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 Munich), Prof. Siegfried Horn (University of Augsburg), Prof. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel (President of the University of Augsburg), Ilse Aigner (Bavarian Minister of State), Dr. Kurt Gribl (Mayor of Augsburg).