The development and use of new materials are the key to product and process innovations in multiple sectors, including automotive, mechanical engineering and medical technology. Bavaria’s New Materials cluster initiates joint research projects, brings together regional partners, and creates the space for business and research networks to share new technologies across industries.
Combined with our region’s long history of manufacturing and production, as well as its concentration of corporate headquarters and multinational offices, new concepts can be transferred into production and brought to market quickly. Small and medium enterprises, in particular, are supported through a large number of initiatives, such as the Start-up Center of Bayreuth for New Materials (BGZ), which offers close proximity to industry-leading researchers with the latest equipment for emerging companies, including those expanding to Europe and wanting to test the market.
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As materials science can extend into various industries, Bavaria serves as a breeding ground for new technologies looking to take root, from the life sciences and energy to aerospace and automotive. The startup scene has thrived around a strong B2B business environment, where companies such as Adidas, Airbus, Amgen, Audi, BMW, GE Healthcare, Olympus, Pfizer and Siemens are both innovators as well as potential buyers.
Many universities, universities of applied sciences and non-university research institutions in Bavaria maintain institutes, faculties, chairs and research groups in material sciences. Research is conducted on a wide range of products for nano- and bio-materials, construction materials, electrical engineering and electronics. Among the centers of excellence are the Institutes of Material Sciences at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg—which works on semiconductors, metals, polymers, ceramics, glass and composite materials—and the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research, which develops solutions for photovoltaics, heat insulation and heat transfer.
Bavaria’s New Materials cluster, which involves around 500 different organizations and 100 annual events, offers the state’s companies many attractive services which contribute to the success of their business, such as fast, practical access to research, trends and markets. For new project ideas, the cluster offers direct access to partners for implementation. There is also a wide range of regional networks with closely-defined topic areas, such as Kunststoff-Netzwerk Franken e.V., the Cluster for Lightweight Design Landshut and Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) in Augsburg. Contact us for help connecting to these resources.
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