Founding of the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV
Since July 1, 2016, the Fraunhofer Institute branch Functionally Integrated Lightweight Construction FIL of the Fraunhofer ICT, the Project Group Resource Efficient Mechatronic Processing Machines RMV of Fraunhofer IWU and the utg Casting Working Group of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have started their work as the new Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology IGCV in Augsburg and Garching near Munich.
Fraunhofer IGCV aims to:
- bundle research and development in the fields of lightweight casting technologies, fiber composites and automated manufacturing,
- generate innovations for German industry and
- advance interdisciplinary research in the core German industries of automotive engineering, aircraft construction, and mechanical and plant engineering.
Funding for the new facility:
Management, administration and the research areas of automation, processing and composites are based at the headquarters in Augsburg, while casting technology is located at the Garching site. In close networking with the Augsburg university landscape, establishing a European center for resource efficiency in Augsburg is consistently pursued.
Fraunhofer IGCV conducts production and processing technology research with direct application relevance. Its competencies range from materials science and structural mechanics to manufacturing technology and production. The main focus is on providing novel structures for lightweight construction, differentiated by manufacturing concepts and joining techniques.