Fraunhofer IWKS is regionally connected

The location of the Fraunhofer IWKS in the Rhine-Main economic region ensures application-oriented networking with regional partners and leads to short and efficient solutions. This future-oriented business location is characterized by high-tech companies, universities and research institutions. If this knowledge is bundled in topic-specific networks, it can offer tailor-made solutions for the players in the region.

Bayern Innovativ

Innovations are the basis for success. This applies to global markets as well as to small and regional value chains. Only those who are always that decisive step ahead of their competitors can survive in the long run. The State of Bavaria recognized this at an early stage and created the best possible framework conditions for an innovation-friendly climate.

Bayern Innovativ - the "Gesellschaft für Innovation und Wissenstransfer mbH" (Society for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer), established jointly by representatives of Bavarian politics, business and science in 1995, is an important component of Bavaria's innovation policy. We have been providing innovation impetus for over 25 years. In doing so, we focus in particular on small and medium-sized enterprises, as they often lack the resources for complex innovation management. With our tailor-made innovation services, we enable them to implement their ideas more quickly and successfully.

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New Materials Cluster

The New Materials Cluster is the information and communication hub in Bavaria for all aspects of new materials. Resource-efficient solutions start with the production of new materials. With the expansion of the Fraunhofer IWKS facility, the development of new materials is being driven forward with increased vigor.


Materials Valley

The Materials Valley e.V. association was founded in spring 2002 with the participation of industrial companies, universities, research institutes, state institutions for the promotion of technology and business and private individuals. The aim of the association is to profile the Rhine-Main region as a high-tech location for materials research and materials technology. This includes the development of existing knowledge networks into a long-term research network between the region's scientific institutes and companies as well as between companies as a basis for cooperation, joint research and development. At the same time, the association aims to help make the scientific and social conditions in Materials Valley so attractive that it becomes a magnet for highly qualified workers and students who find their field of activity either in industry or in universities and institutes. Furthermore, the lecture series "Materialforum Rhein Main" and subject-specific workshops provide an excellent communication platform for industry and science. The establishment of an alumni network will stabilize the materials and materials technology community in Materials Valley in the long term.

Since August 2020, the director of Fraunhofer IWKS, Prof. Dr. Anke Weidenkaff, has been Member of the Board of Materials Valley e.V.

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Resource Cluster Rhine-Main

The Rhine-Main area is one of the most important metropolitan regions in Europe from an economic and scientific point of view. The Rhine-Main Resource Cluster is currently being developed and is intended to become the central point of contact in the Rhine-Main area on the subject of resources. The goal is to mediate contacts between industry, science, associations and politics for questions and ideas concerning the topic of resources.

REZregio Untermain

The Resource Efficiency Center Bavaria supports Bavarian companies and players by providing information, networking and promoting dialogue. The main objectives are on the one hand to sensitize companies to the topic of resource efficiency and motivate them to act and on the other hand to create a platform for knowledge transfer between companies and other players. The Fraunhofer IWKS in Alzenau acts as a contact for the Untermain region.

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Cluster of Environmental Technologies Bavaria

The Environmental Cluster Bavaria is the network of the Bavarian environmental economy, science, municipalities and municipal enterprises. It links companies, representatives from research and development, service providers, planners, business organizations, politics and administration, municipalities and public clients, investors and (public) funding institutions, as well as media and communication service providers. At the beginning of 2016, the Fraunhofer Project Group IWKS together with the Environmental Cluster Bavaria will hold a showcase day at the project group in Alzenau.

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WFZruhr e.V.

The WFZruhr is a voluntary initiative of public and private companies of the recycling economy. Currently 122 member companies use this competence network in the Ruhr area. The members see themselves as technology and system leaders and cover the entire service spectrum of the recycling industry.

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