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Two EU-funded Interreg projects on composites and advanced materials for the Euregio Maas-Rhine

Thanks to highly innovative and leading SMEs in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, consumer products, building and infrastructure as well as machine tool industry, the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR), from Eindhoven over Maastricht to Aachen, from Liège to Lommel, is a new hot-spot for the development of advanced composite materials, manufacturing and process technologies.

Two EU-funded Interreg projects on composites and advanced materials for the Euregio Maas-Rhine
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The advanced material sector is growing with a consolidated offer, ranging from raw material producers over technology development to production, research and development to industrial OEMs.

In the framework of the two 3-years longing EU-funded Interreg-projects “Light Vehicle 2025” and “AACOMA” (Accelerate advanced composite manufacturing), AMAC organized, under the lead of Dr. Michael Effing and on behalf of the nine project partners Centexbel, University of Liège, Sirris, Flanders Make, Fontys University of Applied Science, AMIBM of Maastricht University, Automotive NL, Technifutur and AMAC a cross-border roadshow, matchmaking and training event on September 24th 2020 in Aachen hosted by the ITA Institute for Textile Technology on the Campus Melaten of the University RWTH. Some further special highlights of the event were a guided tour of the ITA institute, the tape placement production of Conbility and test drives with cars by e-GO Mobile, the first electrical vehicle made in Aachen.

Two EU-funded Interreg projects on composites and advanced materials for the Euregio Maas-Rhine - Dr. Michael Effing, CEO AMAC GmbH

Dr. Michael Effing, CEO of AMAC  and patron of the event:

“I am very happy that we could enable this first life event since the begin of the Covid-19-pandemic, where about 50 attendees could benefit from the various impulse presentations by companies located in the EMR as well as from the match-making, networking and training opportunities. It is an enormous pleasure to connect companies which each other which sometimes are located just a stone´s throw away and they did not know each other before.”

Two EU-funded Interreg projects on composites and advanced materials for the Euregio Maas-Rhine - Match-making meeting

Axel Seifert, Business Line Director Composite Pressure Vessels at Plastic Omnium New Energies adds:

“I am absolutely convinced by this great initiative which goes in the same direction as Plastic Omnium´s strategy – thanks to the potential of the EMR region, we recently decided to install our production for composite pressure vessels for fuel cell electrical vehicles (FCEV’s) in Herentals, which are the tanks of the future. Thanks to the matchmaking opportunity at the event, we are looking forward to cross-border cooperations like with company AMS.”

Two EU-funded Interreg projects on composites and advanced materials for the Euregio Maas-Rhine - Axel Seifert, Business Line Director Composite Pressure Vessels Plastic Omnium New Energies and Denis Boahene, Sales Manager Carbon Fiber at Mitsubishi ChemiAbout Light Vehicle 2025
Light Vehicle 2025 is a 3-years-longing EU-funded cross-border project in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine (Wallonia and Flanders in Belgium, Limburg and Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands, North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany).

Implemented in 2018 by 6 partners (Flanders Make (Leader), Automotive NL, AMAC GmbH, Technifutur, University of Liège and Campus Automobile Spa – Francorchamps). Key objectives are to connect competences, showcased design and the manufacturing of selected demonstrator parts and build a virtual technology center on automotive engineering for the future.

About AACOMA
“AACOMA” stands for Accelerate advanced composites manufacturing and is a 3 -years EU-funded Interreg project in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine. Seven partners joined forces to promote the EMR as a hot-spot for the development of advanced composite material, manufacturing and process technologies: Centexbel is the project leader and gets support by University of Liège, Sirris, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Flanders Make, AMIBM of Maastricht University and AMAC. 

The aim of the project is to connect innovative EMR-based SME´s in various industrial sectors like Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Consumer products, Building and Infrastructure as well as Machine tool industry across the entire value chain with each other and establish the links to the world-class institutes and technical centers in the region. Furthermore, it will realize demonstrator parts (incl. data regarding feasibility, quality and productivity), in cooperation with an international advisory board and to organize 6 roadshow events, addressing key topics like automated manufacturing, additive manufacturing or bio-based material systems, combined with match-making and training events.

More information www.amac-international.com