Speed dating for education - The MAI Job project introduces Carbon careers at the JobGate in Munich


Augsburg. The JobGate fair is a biannual recruiting event for training and dual studies and takes place for the first time at the Künstlerhaus at Lenbachplatz in Munich. At school, prior to the event, pupils are able to select the educational paths they are interested in as introduced by educational agency teams. Last month, they were then invited to attend tailored interviews with training managers and personnel managers at the JobGate trade fair in Munich. In the arranged meetings, the youngsters had 10 minutes to present themselves with their full application documentation and to make a name for themselves. This speed-dating-style opportunity offers those attending the ability to get to know a large number of young people in a short time and to pre-select potential trainees.

The MAI Job team took part for the first time and received more than 60 registrations for introductions into careers such as cutting machine operator, aviation mechanic or procedural mechanic for plastic and rubber technologies in fibre composites. Applications were accepted on the spot, or received later and will now be passed on to the appropriate member companies. In doing so, MAI Job supports the network of CCeV. Katharina Lechler and Sven Blanck of MAI Job are in agreement: "We were overwhelmed by the inquiries and individual meetings. An extremely well-organised event. Now we hope to bring together pupils and companies for trainee positions in the Carbon sector."


MAI Job, a JOBSTARTER plus project from the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon of Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV), is promoted using funds from the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and the European Social Fund (ESF). The program is implemented by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training.


Caption: The stand set up at the JobGate in the Künstlerhaus at Lenbachplatz, with Katharina Lechler, waiting for the pupils to arrive.

MAI Carbon unterstützt erste bundesweite Clusterwoche

Augsburg. In Deutschland gibt es viele leistungsstarke Cluster, die auch international bekannt sind. Um ihre Vielfalt einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zu zeigen, haben das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) sowie das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) zusammen mit den Ländern dieses Jahr die erste bundesweite Clusterwoche ins Leben gerufen. Mehr als 170 Veranstaltungen finden deutschlandweit in der Woche vom 20. bis 28. April statt; u.a. in Augsburg durch die Öffnung der Sonderausstellung des Spitzenclusters MAI Carbon sowie den symbolischen Startschuss für das Kooperationsprojekt MINT-Region A³ im TZA. Auf die Begrüßung durch Prof. Dr. Siegfried Horn (Universität Augsburg, MRM/AMU) und das Grußwort von Landrat Martin Sailer (Landkreis Augsburg) folgten Interviews mit "Jugend forscht"‐Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmern und Präsentationen von MINT‐Projekten aus Schulen der Region. In einer moderierten Gesprächsrunde wurde das MINT-Konzept den Projektpartnern vorgestellt.

Anschließend bestand Gelegenheit zur Besichtigung der derzeit im Technologiezentrum laufenden Ausstellung "Harter Stoff – Carbon, das Material der Zukunft!" und diversen Informationsständen von Schulen bzw. Schülerprojekten aus Augsburg. Das Team von MAI Job, ein JOBSTARTER plus-Projekt, stand ebenfalls beratend zur Seite. JOBSTARTER wird gefördert aus Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und des Europäischen Sozialfonds. Durchgeführt wird das Programm vom Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB). „Durch dieses Engagement entsteht etwas wirklich Großes. Für unsere Region bedeutet dies, dass sie wirtschaftlich bleibt“, fasst der Landrat für Augsburg, Martin Sailer, den Kick-off zusammen.

Parallel dazu wurde am gleichen Tag „Harter Stoff“ noch von Schulklassen, Lehrern und Girls-Day-Teilnehmerinnen besucht. Die Ausstellung, die sonst nur auf Anfrage zugänglich ist, wurde ganztägig geöffnet und mittels Fachführungen dem Publikum näher gebracht. Dies ermöglichte das Team des Spitzenclusters MAI Carbon, eine Initiative des Carbon Composites e.V.

Bildunterschrift: Während der bundesweiten Clusterwoche begeistert die Sonderausstellung des Spitzenclusters MAI Carbon Teilnehmerinnen des Girls-Day im Technologiezentrum Augsburg.

Launch event for a new project network: Campus Carbon 4.0


Augsburg. On the 27th March, the new project network Campus Carbon 4.0 was launched at the Technologiezentrum Augsburg (TZA). The Bavarian State Minister, Ilse Aigner, the Lord Mayor of Augsburg Dr. Kurt Gribl and the President of the University of Augsburg, Prof. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel, opened the celebrations for in excess of 120 guests. The aim is to investigate the topics addressed in the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon and to further this work in conjunction with the University of Augsburg.

Thanks to the reinforcement of top research in key topics within the Carbon Composites sector, the region has become an internationally visible beacon. Campus Carbon 4.0 is designed to network science and economy and ensure optimised value-added chains. Thanks to the connections between material sciences, production technologies and industry 4.0 topics, an understanding of processes is generated which is able to ensure that processes throughout the entire valued-added chain are extremely productive, energy and resource efficient in design and are constantly being optimised. The goals of this procedure range from the creation and safeguarding of production workplaces, to increasing exports by way of top future-proof technologies, the setting of new cross-branch impulses and the attraction of EU funding to Bavaria. Bavaria's Minister for Economy, Aigner: "The Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon is a Bavarian success story. It combines the competences of companies throughout the entire value- added chain and sets international standards in CFRP technology. The innovation dynamic generated by MAl Carbon radiates to the whole of Bavaria and strengthens the Free State as an economic and scientific area. We would like to build on this development: For this reason, once federal funding runs out this year, we will be specifically promoting the subsequent project Campus Carbon 4.0." For the R&D joint projects, the Bavarian Ministry for Economy is investing 15 million euros for five years, and the industry also will be matching this sum. The superordinate coordination and networking of the projects is implemented by the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon and thus Carbon Composites e.V.

The University of Augsburg, with the Institute of Materials Resource Management and the Institute of Software & Systems Engineering represents material development and testing, recycling process and industry 4.0 topics, the Fraunhofer IGCV for the construction and modelling sector and for various manufacturing processes and the automation of such. The process chain is covered in full by the close cooperation between the research institutes and the participating industrial partners. Initial project ideas are already in place, and implementation will begin as soon as possible. This creates yet another foundation for future innovation in Augsburg.


Caption: Guest speaker at the launch event for Campus Carbon 4.0.

(above, from left to right): Joachim Nägele (Premium Aerotec GmbH), Dr. Lars Herbeck (Voith Composites GmbH), Dr. Tjark von Reden (Spitzencluster MAI Carbon), Ralph Hufschmied (Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme GmbH), Dr. Richard Söhnchen (Automation W+R GmbH)

(below, from left to right): Prof. Klaus Drechsler (Fraunhofer IGCV / TU München), Prof. Siegfried Horn (Universität Augsburg), Prof. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel (Präsidentin der Universität Augsburg), Ilse Aigner (Bayerische Staatsministerin), Dr. Kurt Gribl (Oberbürgermeister Augsburg)

MAI Job at the fitforJOB! trade fair in Augsburg. Pupils show great interest in training careers in fibre composites


On the 18th March 2017, some 11,000 pupils, parents and other interested parties took the opportunity to visit the largest careers information trade fair held in the region and for the region: fitforJOB!. More than 150 exhibitors from the craft, industry, trade and service sectors introduced themselves to the audience in Augsburg including the team from MAI Job, a JOBSTARTER plus project.

Job experts recommend that pupils take an early look at the available companies if they wish to start training for their desired career in the autumn. Saturday's event at the annual educational fitforJOB! trade fair in Augsburg offered an opportunity to make connections with companies, look for an appropriate employer or just find out general information.

Pupils between the ages of 13 and 16 often find it difficult to decide on the career path they wish to pursue. Help is provided by, among other things, the MAI Job project; a JOBSTARTER plus project funded from the Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) and the European Social Fund (ESF). MAI Job is implemented by the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon of Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV).

Katharina Lechler, Lydia Raab as well as Sven Blanck from Project MAI Job gave out much valuable information on the subject of working with and for carbon, thus for careering training in professions such as aviation mechanic, cutting machine operator or procedural mechanic in fibre composites. With their colleague Gerd Falk, who works both for MAI Carbon and the Institut für Flugzeugbau Stuttgart (Institute for aeroplane construction), they were accompanied by an expert advisor for all questions regarding carbon as a material. Particular attention was paid to the carbon bicycle. Just one example of what can be achieved with the right education and the right material handling. The high-tech industry is one with a future and offers exciting tasks and excellent job perspectives in automotive, aviation and aerospace, mechanical engineering sectors, but also in sports, medicine and construction. Katharina Lechler and Sven Blanck agree: "The trade fair was a real success for us. We were able to disseminate much information and met with some very interested pupils. We are sure that the technology of the future will continue to be developed further, thanks to the young up and coming talents, but also because we have already started thinking about tomorrow's workforce!"


MAI Carbon – Leading-Edge Cluster. Bundled competence for CFRP applications


Since 2012, the Leading-Edge Cluster MAI Carbon – an initiative of Carbon Composites e.V. – has been one of a total of 15 leading-edge clusters of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and is being funded over a period of five years with around 40 million euros. A sum which must be counter-funded to an equal share by its project partners.


Carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) have enormous potential in lightweight construction – innovations by MAI Carbon make it utilisable


In the city triangle Munich-Augsburg-Ingolstadt, MAI Carbon is pursing the target of implementing CFRP technologies in large-scale industry for various user branches in Germany. In order to achieve this, springboard innovations throughout the entire component lifecycle are necessary, i.e. starting with the fibre and matrix material, over the production of components and product systems, right up to coherent recycling concepts.

The main concern is to make carbon material fit for large-series applications, and to develop the region to become a European centre of competence for CFRP lightweight construction which covers the entire value-added chain of CFRP technology and to assist the partners represented in CFRP key technology to a leading-edge position on the global market.


Special exhibition visitor magnet


Besides the technological development of CFRP, an important objective for MAI Carbon is to interconnect their partners and support the development of the expertise of the companies. The format of the Leading-Edge Cluster’s own “MAI Night” brings smaller to medium-sized companies together with the so-called “big players” by presenting different companies and welcoming selected partners. This has succeeded on ten occasions already.

Furthermore, it is being attempted to introduce the topic of Carbon Composites into the wider society, as well as supporting networking amongst partners. With the special exhibition “Tough stuff: carbon – the material of the future” (Harter Stoff: Carbon – das Material der Zukunft) more than 240,000 national and international visitors were reached in the Deutsches Museum, Munich and in its branch in Bonn from 2014 to 2016. Currently, this special exhibition is being hosted at the Technologiezentrum Augsburg (Augsburg Technology Centre) and can be viewed following prior application.


Future through successful stabilisation


In the meantime, the MAI Carbon cluster initiative has been able to clearly position itself. Besides the founding of the Carbon Composites e.V. division for the region of Bavaria, the cluster management is assuming control of the new support initiative “Campus Carbon 4.0” of the Free State of Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern) with 15 million euros – an initiative together with the University of Augsburg. Training and further training was already a central focus during the cluster initiative and which can now be continued within the scope of the JOBSTARTER plus project of the European Social Fund and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in collaboration with the IHK Schwaben (Swabian Chamber of Industry and Commerce). Within the scope of first steps in internationalisation, innovation bridges are being developed in the USA and South Korea. Requests from other countries have already been received and may provide further possibilities.


Spitzencluster MAI Carbon treibt Internationalisierung voran. Austausch mit den USA und Norwegen zum Thema Faserverbund.

Im Februar hatte der Spitzencluster MAI Carbon durch sein Internationalisierungs-Projekt MAI iBIC die Gelegenheit an der  USA Roadshow im Rahmen der Transatlantischen Cluster Initiative teilzunehmen. Start war in Knoxville (Tennessee) im Headquarter des amerikanischen Clusters IACMI - der sich schwerpunktmäßig ebenfalls mit Faserverbund beschäftigt - mit einem Vortrag und anschließender Diskussionsrunde von MAI Carbon zu den bisherigen Ergebnissen sowie möglichen Kooperationen in der Zukunft. Firmenführungen gab es bei Local Motors sowie im Technikum des Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Der nächste Aufenthalt war Columbus (Ohio). Auch hier hielt Tjark von Reden, Gesamtleiter des Spitzenclusters, einen Vortrag und es wurde diskutiert, inwieweit MAI Carbon bzw. allgemein (amerikanische) Cluster Unternehmen in deren Business und Geschäftsanbahnung unterstützen können. Letzter Stopp war Detroit (Michigan). Hier wurde das LIFT (Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow) und IACMI mit Schwerpunkt Automotive besucht. Den Abschluss der Reise stellte die Chicago Autoshow dar. Hier präsentierten sich u.a. auch die MAI Carbon Partner BMW, Daimler und Audi sehr prominent.


Insgesamt wurden vertiefend Einblicke in Projekte sowie Schwerpunkte (Compressed Gas Storage, Automotive und Windenergie) gewährt. IACMI hat eine Partnerstruktur mit über 160 Partnern. Auf der Reise wurden fünf Bundesstaaten in den USA besucht und mehr als 1200 km mit dem PKW zurückgelegt.


„Die AHK USA-Chicago organisiert die Transatlantische Clusterinitiative. Diese wird durch das Transatlantik-Programm der Bundesregierung Deutschland aus Mitteln des European Recovery Program (ERP) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) gefördert.“


Die Deutschen Teilnehmer der Reise kamen von folgenden Institutionen: U.S. Commercial Service: American Consulate General, TU Dresden (ILK), Leichtbau BW, GTAI, AHK Chicago und MAI Carbon.


Weiteres Treffen mit dem norwegischen Cluster GCE Node


MAI Carbon traf sich mit GCE Node, einem norwegischen Cluster, zum zweiten Mal in Augsburg. Bereits Ende November 2015 besuchte eine Delegation aus Norwegen MAI Carbon. Beim German-Norwegian Dialog im September 2016 in Berlin wurde vereinbart, dass man einen LoI unterzeichnen möchte. Dies wurde nun im März 2017 in Augsburg vollzogen. Damit ist der Grundstein für eine weitere gemeinsame Zusammenarbeit, Austausch sowie Cross-Clustering gelegt. „Carbon
Composites hat im Offshore Bereich ein enormes Potential und bietet für MAI Carbon und dessen Partner eine ideale Möglichkeit einen Zugang zu einem ausländischen, höchst attraktiven Markt zu erhalten“, wie Sven Blanck, verantwortlich für das Thema Development, das Treffen zusammenfasst. Als krönenden Abschluss führte Denny Schüppel die begeisterten norwegischen Kollegen durch die Sonderausstellung „Harter Stoff – Carbon, das Material der Zukunft!“, die derzeit im TZA ausgestellt ist.