RWTH Develops Its Competencies in the Field of Non-Ferrous Metals

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The foundation of the Advanced Metals and Processes or AMAP GmbH research cluster and the ten year anniversary of the "aluminum engineering center" or aec e.V. were celebrated during an official event. Since its foundation in 2013, AMAP has had a successful start resulting in an increased number of joint projects and collaborating industry companies and institutes.


AMAP's goal is to promote research and development and training and continued education within the field of non-ferrous metals, the further processing and manufacture of products, and recycling, as a close collaboration between industry and university institutes. The Open Innovation cluster encompasses four RWTH Aachen institutes and eleven companies from industry, that research aluminum materials – and other non-ferrous metals in the future – as well as its applications. With the addition of aluminum producing and processing institutes, AMAP and aec offer a broad spectrum of skills in materials science. The expertise is based on an understanding of materials, process, and manufacturing, beginning with input materials. It covers the processes melting, primary forming, forming, joining, and recycling and includes a product understanding and building component optimization for applications by the final customer. The applications are diverse and are primarily related to automotive and aeronautical engineering, building materials science, and packing processes.