The Open Innovation Research Cluster

for Non-Ferrous Metals at RWTH Aachen University

AMAP Research Cluster

First Open Innovation Cluster in the Area of Process Technology Starts in Aachen

In the area of the material technology of non-ferrous metals and their production as well as their processing in the past two years a group of ten industry companies and four university institutes of RWTH Aachen has set up this Open Innovation Research Cluster. At first the cooperation concentrates on materials on the basis of aluminium.

Target of the Research Cluster AMAP (Advanced Metals and Processes) is research, development, training and further education in the fields of metal production, the processing of metals and the manufacturing of products from metals and metallic materials. The cluster pursues the evolutionary idea of joint research at one location, across industry and institutes. This approach will be implemented by AMAP at the site of Aachen.

The initiators of the project are on the side of RWTH Aachen:

  • Institut für Metallurgische Prozesstechnik und Metallrecycling (Department of Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling) with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Bernd Friedrich,
  • Gießerei-Institut (Foundry Institute) with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Bührig-Polaczek,
  • Institut für Bildsame Formgebung (Institute of Metal Forming) with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hirt,
  • Institut für Metallkunde und Metallphysik (Department of Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics) with Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h.c. Günter Gottstein.

In addition, six further RWTH institutes of the Aluminium Engineering Center AEC e.V. are involved indirectly.

From industry the following companies got involved as initiators:

After elaboration and signing of the cooperation agreements the operative starting signal for the Research Cluster AMAP was given with the first meeting of the Advisory Board on September 3rd, 2012. Within the organisational structure Prof. Wolfgang Schneider (Hydro) takes over as chairman of the Advisory Board. Prof. Bernd Friedrich (IME) is the spokesman towards the Campus project of RWTH Aachen. In charge of management are Dr. Rolf Weber as technical manager and Dr. Peter von den Brincken as commercial manager.

The main research topics and targets are defined. The project work starts with five common projects on rolling, forging, casting, cleanliness and recycling. In the beginning about 30 engineers and scientists from the foundation companies and institutes will work in these projects. AMAP is interested in extending the research topics and including more partners.

It is intended to integrate AMAP into the CAMPUS Project of RWTH Aachen after the successful initial phase.

For further information:

Dr.-Ing. Peter von den Brincken
RWTH-Institut für Metallurgische Prozesstechnik und Metallrecycling (IME)
Dr.-Ing. Rolf Weber
AMAP GmbH[at]