Regional Partners

Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR)

The Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH is an association whose purpose is to promote Bavaria as a location for science and innovation within the European Research Area. BayFOR supports and advises scientists from Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences as well as stakeholders from the private sector in the competition for European research funds (focus: FP7 and, as of 2014, Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation). BayFOR cooperates with Bayern Innovativ, Innovations- und Technologiezentrum Bayern and Bayerische Forschungsstiftung in the Bavarian “Haus der Forschung” (House of Research -

Contact: Ass. jur. Martin Reichel, managing director, phone: +49 89 9901888-0

Carbon Composites e. V.

Carbon Composites (CCeV) sees itself as a network of expertise for the entire value chain of carbon fiber and composite technology. The association has set itself the goal of advancing and expanding the national and international positioning of these cutting-edge technologies. Fiber composite technologies should be promoted, a competence network should be formed, science and industry should be linked. Marketable high performance composite structures - this is the product group which align themselves on the activities.

Contact: Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Schröder,

Tel.: +49-821-3162-286

Ceramic Composites e. V.

The Department of Ceramic Composites in the Carbon Composites Association is a consortium of companies and research institutes in the field of ceramic composites. Together the members cover the entire value chain from R & D to precursors (Fibers and matrices), production, application and evaluation.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Gerd Müller, Tel.: +49-921 786 931 93

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Cluster Chemie

Chemie-Cluster Bayern is designed as a contact and competence network for Chemical Assisted Living, i.e. for all areas in which chemical products take a sustainable contribution to improve quality of daily life. This covers, for example, areas of emobility, renewable energy, CO2 prevention, new materials, but also building chemistry and polymer chemistry as well as chemical climate protection. Chemie-Cluster Bayern is, in particular, open to those participants who only have a peripheral involvement in chemistry and chemical products yet - often, chemical innovations provide the crucial progress.
Our joint objective is to create networks which promote cooperations, innovation and development of new product systems and services. Due to a closer link of business and science, we also create a strong commitment to the region of Bavaria. And this, in turn, has a positive effect on the regional value added and thus on securing and creating jobs.

Contact: Dipl.-Kfm. Daniel A. Gottschald,

Managing Director, Tel.: +49-89-189 4168 15

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Cluster Nanotechnologie

A leading position in the nanotechnology sector is essential for safeguarding the future potential of a highly developed economy such as in Bavaria. Especially in the research field, Bavaria is already ranking among the leading nanotechnology locations in Germany. In order to strengthen the interaction between industry and research in Bavaria, the Cluster Nanotechnology has been established within the Cluster Initiative Bavaria initiated by the Bavarian State Government.

Contact: Dr. Matthias Nüchter,

Tel.: +49-931-3589-6144



FORCARBON is investigating three areas of interest:

I.Coatings from diamond and diamond-like carbon Crystalline diamond layers to protect against wear on very highly stressed structural steel members could significantly improve function and service life.

II.Carbon-based composite materials. FORCABON is developing composite materials based on carbon having unique properties for many applications.

III.Special carbon morphologies In addition to carbon's familiar allotropes, such as diamond and graphite, new types of structure such as aerogels and nanotubes have recently been developed.

Contact: Dr. -Ing. Stefan M. Rosiwal,

Tel.: +49-9131-8527517



Materials research and technology are the cornerstones of economic development. The use of new materials opens up considerable potential for new products, while simultaneously conserving resources and protecting the environment. Small and medium-sized companies who cannot afford their own development laboratories should be able to profit immediately from the latest discoveries of materials researchers. FORMAT (Bavarian Research Cooperation of Material Sciences) brings companies together with experts in research institutes.

contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kh. G. Schmitt-Thomas 

Tel.: +49-89-289-25481

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IHK-Anwenderclub Neue Materialien und IHK-Anwenderclub Zerstörungsfreie Materialprüfung

The CCI-user clubs "new materials" and "Non-destructive material testing" serve to establish contacts and the experience and information exchange between suppliers, users and developers. At the meetings speakers from industry and academia report on new technologies and trends. Participation in these events is free by appointment.

Contact: Dr. rer. nat. Elfriede Eberl,

Tel.: +49-911-1335-431



KINEMA is a community of interest for exploration, development and processing of "new materials". The aim is to promote the long-term research and development of "New materials" through cooperation between academia and industry.

Contact: Dr. rer. nat. Elfriede Eberl,

Tel.: +49-911-1335-431


Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH

The Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH (NMF) focuses on the development of innovative process technologies in order to manufacture near net-shape metallic and polymer lightweight constructions. Based on high pressure die casting and injection molding especially composites, foamed materials, and hybrid structures are the main topics.

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. R.F. Singer,

Tel: +49-911-76672 10

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Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH

New or optimized materials as well as process technology and engineering offer magnificent chances to generate marketable and competitive innovations. Hereof, particularly medium-sized enterprises also profit.
We give advice on your current situation as to manufacturing, converting and employing substances. We make suggestions for innovative activities in your business and we operate as your competent, innovative F&E service provider. The close, interdisciplinary collaboration with universities and research institutions of the region opens up newest cognitions and developments for praxis besides.

Contact: Dr. Dieter Kunz, Tel.: +49-921-50736-0

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Kompetenzzentrum Sport, Gesundheit und Technologie GmbH

To strengthen the interdisciplinary cooperation between medicines, sports science and material science, this project was initiated by the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in cooperation with FIM GmbH / Sciencia GmbH, and promoted by the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology.

Contact: Christoph Ebert, Tel.: +49-8821-910-231



The more than 250 companies in the plastics processing industry in western Central Franconia have meanwhile developed with over 4,000 employees at the main industry in the region and are unique in their concentration and infrastructure in Bavaria. This is especially true if you also include suppliers, involving, among other mold makers, laminating, packaging manufacturers and training institutions.

Contact: Thomas Merkel , Tel: +49-981-468-250

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Kunststoffnetzwerk Franken e. V.

On the initiative of the Franconian plastics industry the association "Plastics Network Franconia" was founded. The aim of the association is to spread the knowledge in the field of plastics processing and its application to promote the research and development in these areas and to support pre-competitive cooperation of the members.

Contact: Hans Rausch, Tel.: +49-921 507 36-308

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Leichtbau-Cluster Landshut

The lightweight construction cluster is a network of companies, universities and other (commercial) research institutions and service providers to support and promote intersectoral collaboration on lightweight construction technologies aiming to strengthen the competitiveness and innovative drive of the affiliated partners.

Contact: Marc Bicker, Tel.: +49-871-506-134

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SKZ – Das Kunststoff-Zentrum

For half a decade SKZ has been a partner to the plastics industry. Its areas of activity cover testing and quality assurance of plastic products, according to national and international standards, certification and approval of plastic products, consulting, basic and advanced training as well as certification of management systems.

Contact: Prof. Dr. Martin Bastian, Tel.: +49-931-4104-235

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Verband der bayerischen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie e. V.

Der VTB ist Arbeitgeber- und Wirtschaftsverband und vertritt die Interessen der bayerischen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie von München bis Brüssel. Der Verband bietet den Mitgliedsfirmen eine komplette Beratung und Betreuung in allen für Betriebe und Industrie einschlägigen Grundsatzfragen.

Kontakt: Dr. Christian Heinrich Sandler,

Tel.: 089-212149-0

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WING - Werkstoffinnovationen für Industrie und Gesellschaft

Mit dem Förderprogramm "Werkstoffinnovationen für Industrie und Gesellschaft - WING", das Anfang 2004 startete, will das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) den interdisziplinär ausgerichteten Werkstofftechnologien neue Impulse geben. Sowohl die klassische Materialentwicklung als auch die werkstofforientierten chemischen Technologien und die nanotechnologischen Werkstoffkonzepte werden im Programm ihre Synergieeffekte entfalten und für einen neuen Schub in der industriellen Produktentwicklung sorgen.

Im WING-Programm werden industrielle Verbundprojekte entlang der Wertschöpfungskette gefördert.

Kontakt: Dr. Franz-Josef Bremer, Tel.: 02461-616121

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ZAE Bayern

Das ZAE Bayern ist ein Forschungsinstitut, das 1991 gegründet wurde. Zweck ist die Förderung der angewandten Energieforschung. F&E-Schwerpunkte sind u.a.: Nanoporöse Materialien für thermische Superisolationen, Modellierung und Optimierung von superisolierenden Systemen und Komponenten, Entwicklung von niedrig-emittierenden Keramiken und Beschichtungen sowie die Erforschung und Entwicklung organischer Solarzellen und Elektronik.

Kontakt: Dr. Hans-Peter Ebert, Tel.: 0931-7056434

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Zentralinstitut für Neue Materialien und Prozesstechnik

Das Zentralinstitut für Neue Materialien und Prozesstechnik (ZMP) der Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg bearbeitet interdisziplinäre Forschungsthemen, die zwischen Werkstoffwissenschaften, Maschinenbau, Chemie und Physik angesiedelt sind. In einem jungen und hoch innovativen Umfeld wird die Entwicklung neuer Werkstoffkonzepte und der entsprechenden Fertigungsmethoden für Leichtbaukomponenten vorangetrieben. Dabei wird das Ziel verfolgt, Ideen aus der Grundlagenforschung der beteiligten Lehrstühle bis in das Prototypenstadium weiter zu entwickeln.

Das betrachtete Werkstoffspektrum umfasst Leichtmetalle, Keramik und Kohlenstoff. Als Prozessrouten kommen Pulverspritzgießen, verschiedene Verfahren des Rapid Prototyping und additive Fertigungsverfahren zum Einsatz. Ebenso wird an leistungsfähigen Fügeverfahren gearbeitet.

Kontakt: Dr. Christian Rottmair, Tel.: 0911-95091810

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