MAGMA Involved in Open-Innovation Research Cluster AMAP

In fall 2012, a group of ten industrial partners, including MAGMA, and four institutes from the RWTH Aachen University made a commitment to join forces in the open-innovation cluster AMAP, which stands for “Advanced Metals and Processes”.

The objectives of the AMAP cluster are research, development, education and training in the areas of the metal production, processing of metals and the manufacturing of products using metallic materials. The cluster implements the novel idea of bringing both industry and university researchers from diverse areas together at a single location in Aachen, to perform joint research and development activities.

To begin, five collaborative projects in the areas of rolling, forging, casting, melt cleanliness and recycling have been defined. Starting from January 2013, approximately 30 engineers and researchers from the various partners will work jointly on these topics within the cluster in shared office facilities in Aachen. The cooperation is initially focused on aluminum-based materials.

The initiators of the project from the RWTH Aachen University are:

  • Institute for Metallurgical Process Technology and Recycling (IME), with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.h.c. Bernd Friedrich,
  • Foundry Institute, with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Bührig-Polaczek,
  • Institute for Metal Forming, with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Hirt,
  • Institute for Physical Metallurgy and Metal Physics, with Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. Günter Gottstein

A further 6 RWTH institutes from the Aluminium Engineering Center AEC e.V. are also involved indirectly.

The industrial initiators are:
Aleris, Ford, Hydro, MAGMA, MUBEA, Nemak, Novelis, simufact, the SMS-Group and Trimet.

For more infornation about the AMAP research clusterplease visit the AMAP website at

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