Augsburg. An intensive exchange took place this week in Augsburg, between clusters, research and industry. For two days a US delegation from the Transatlantic Cluster Conference were visiting the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon of Carbon Composites e.V. within the framework of a one-week trip to Germany. Alongside guided tours at Fraunhofer IGCV and DLR, the partners of MAI Carbon such as MT Aerospace, Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme, KraussMaffei or Broetje Automation, had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the guests. The Fuggerei of Augsburg was also included in the programme of events.
At the start of the week, an American delegation visited MAI Carbon in Augsburg. The 15 participants originated from the west of the USA (primarily partners of the corresponding US clusters IACMI and LIFT) and were particularly interested in lightweight construction. They were offered plenty of opportunities to exchange experiences within the framework of guided tours at DLR and Fraunhofer IGCV as well as MT Aerospace, and in the evening at Hufschmied Zerspanung in Bobingen. Cultural needs were also serviced with a visit to the Fuggerei in Augsburg, the oldest social housing project in the world. On the second day, the programme included a variety of lectures and discussion panels held at the Technologiezentrum Augsburg on the subjects of "Recycling" and "Efficient manufacturing procedures". Subsequently, the delegation travelled on to the 21st International Dresden Lightweight Engineering Symposium. "We were extremely pleased to be able to host the celebratory evening event. We were able to prominently present ourselves as medium-sized company, and establish some initial good contacts. All delegation participants returned to Augsburg with smiles on their faces", says Mr. Hufschmied, managing director of Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme in summary. And Sven Blanck, responsible for the internationalisation of MAI Carbon, concludes: "After taking part in a US roadshow in February, it was natural that we should welcome the US delegation. The return visit was a great success since the participants went home with the knowledge that an enormous innovative leap has been achieved in the MAI region in recent years during the course of the Leading-Edge Cluster period."
AHK USA-Chicago organised the Transatlantic Cluster Initiative. This was promoted by the transatlantic program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (German Federal Ministry for Economics and Energy)."
Caption: A joint visit to the Augsburg Fuggerei provided a cultural interlude to the programme of the US delegation.