Shaping the future of the automotive industry together!

© L. Georgi
© L. Georgi

As part of the German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation 2014, the preparations for the market development trip of the Technological Cooperation on Automobile Production (TechKAP) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) are in full swing.

During the development trip, German and Turkish researchers and industry representatives will meet in order to further cultivate the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and to deepen the cooperation between universities regarding training and further education during the German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation. The project, which is being led by Master of Business and Engineering Lars Georgi, is an initiative run by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) and the Innovation Network Mechanical Engineering Saxony – "VEMASinnovativ".

The aim of the project is to continue strengthening existing German-Turkish links in the fields of education, science and business, and to identify new opportunities for cooperation. The focus in this respect will be on the cooperation within the mechanical engineering industry and on research within the automotive supplier industry. Innovations for the manufacture of car body and power train components in particular are to be promoted. "Innovation will find an application here," says the project leader Georgi, describing the initiative.

The foundations for joint projects lie within the strong development of automotive and mechanical engineering

From 10 to 14 November, German businesspeople will visit the towns of Konya and Bursa as part of the delegation trip. At a Technology Forum organised in collaboration with the Turkish Engineering Association, the delegation will have the opportunity to compare notes with Turkish colleagues working in research and production.
"As a growing economy, Turkey needs modern production facilities and plants – only with the development of such assets will it be able to continue to embrace the current growth. Through the strong development of automotive and mechanical engineering in Turkey and in Germany, particularly in Saxony, perfect opportunities for cooperation are arising in this area," explains Georgi.

Small and medium-sized companies set to benefit

"The existing potential is to be combined with the companies' ideas, as well as the demands of the market," says Georgi. A return visit in February 2015 is therefore planned with the aim of continuing to strengthen the cooperation with small and medium-sized companies from Saxony.

For the Turkish researchers and businesspeople, the planned activities then also include visits to trade fairs. At these events, companies from Germany will present their innovations and the opportunities provided by manufacturing and automation technology for metal working.

Through the impetus of the German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation, products and technologies for automotive production will be initiated, implemented, and continued after the official end of the Year of Research, all on the basis of joint expertise and new contacts. In this way, German-Turkish relations are to be developed in the long-term and cultivated further.

Information on the project:
Technological cooperation on automobile production–TechKAP

About the International Science Years
With the German-Turkish Year of Research, Education and Innovation 2014, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is continuing the series of International Science Years with strategically important partner countries. Since 2007, the Science Years with a focus on education and research have been carried out successfully in cooperation with countries such as China, Brazil, Russia and most recently, South Africa.



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