The Open Innovation Research Cluster

for Non-Ferrous Metals at RWTH Aachen University

RWTH enlarges competence in the field of non-ferrous metals

Opening ceremony of AMAP Research Cluster at RWTH and tenth anniversary of aec

Dr. Andreas Schamel, FORD Director Global Powertrain Research & Advanced Engineering, Joseph Bakaj, FORD Vicepresident Powertrain Engineering, Prof. Ernst Schmachtenberg, Rector of RWTH Aachen, Dr. Franz-Josef Feikus, R&D Manager Nemak Europe GmbH, Prof. Wolfgang Schneider, Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH, Head of Research & Development Bonn, and Prof. Karl Bernhard Friedrich, Director of the RWTH Department of Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling (left to right) are pleased with the opening of the “Advanced Metals and Processes” (AMAP) Research Cluster at RWTH. Four institutes and eleven industry companies closely work together on non-ferrous metal materials according to the “Open Innovation Principle”.

In an official event the foundation of the Research Cluster “Advanced Metals and Processes” (AMAP) GmbH and the tenth anniversary of the “aluminium engineering center” (aec) e.V. were celebrated. Because of the successful start-up of AMAP the number of the common projects and the cooperating industry companies and institutes have constantly increased since its foundation in 2012. AMAP pursues the target to advance research, development, training and further education in the fields of the production of non-ferrous metals, the processing up to the manufacturing of products as well as recycling as close cooperation between industry and university institutes. The “Open Innovation” Cluster is composed of four institutes of RWTH and of eleven industry companies which for the time being jointly research in the field of aluminium materials – and in the future also other non-ferrous metals – and their applications. By the merger of the aluminium producing as well as processing institutes AMAP and aec offer a broadly based competence in the material sciences. The expertise is based on the understanding of material, process and manufacturing, starting with feedstock materials. It covers the processes: melting, casting, forming, joining, recycling and includes above all the understanding of the product and the improvement of the component for the application at the final customer. The fields of application are diverse, they preferentially refer to the automotive and aviation technologies, to construction and packaging.

For further information:

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