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MAI Carbon

MAI Carbon – bundled competence for CFRP applications

The MAI Carbon Cluster of Composites United e. V. (CU) in Bavaria pursues the objective of implementing light­weight construction technologies on an industrial scale for various user sectors. To achieve this goal, spring in­novations throughout the complete component life cycle are required, i.e. starting from fiber and matrix material, through the manufacture of components and product sys­tems, to coherent recycling concepts.

Currently more than 130 partners – who are also CU mem­bers – bundle their knowledge to further extend the tech­nology leadership for the use of CFRP components in mass production, and to make Bavaria the world leader in the area of fiber composite technology. Intensive collabo­ration between well-known major companies and technol­ogy leaders of the application industries – automotive en­gineering, aviation and aerospace, mechanical engineering and plant construction – along with fiber manufacturers and manufacturers of semi-finished products makes the MAI Carbon Cluster unique.

Thus Bavaria has become a leading innovation center for fiber composite materials, attracting companies from all over the world. MAI Carbon networks them and provides the framework for collaboration across sectors based on mutual trust.


Cluster as a motor for the region

The concentration of all relevant companies and institu­tions along the value chain of future materials with car­bon fiber reinforcement is a noteworthy and unique sell­ing proposition in the tri-city area of Munich, Augsburg and Ingolstadt (MAI). Thus an ideal basis is available to leverage carbon composites material technology in vari­ous industries, such as the automotive industry, aviation and aerospace, but also mechanical engineering. The pre­requisite in this regard is a networked and concerted ap­proach coordinated by the MAI Carbon Cluster. MAI Car­bon also builds bridges in international value chains and promotes demand-driven global market access in cooper­ation with partners. Another important aspect of the clus­ter’s work is the ongoing further development of educa­tional content, ranging from early childhood education to bachelor or master courses of study.

[Translate to English:] Prof. Dr. Klaus Drechsler

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Drechsler

Cluster Spokesman and Chairman

[Translate to English:] Dr. Tjark von Reden

Dr. Tjark von Reden

Managing Director