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.