Research and development

Innovation potential for the Chemnitz’s future 


Saxon inventive spirit has never been satisfied with merely improving the achievements of a great past and adapting these to current requirements; it has always been responsible for itself producing innovations and products for the future. To do this, it relies on successful local businesses, as well as 50 research and development establishments, top-quality university facilities, and one of the most successful business start-up centres in eastern Germany, the Chemnitz Technology Centre.


TU Chemnitz

Along with the Chemnitz Technology Centre and over 50 research establishments and institutes, the Chemnitz University of Technology (TU Chemnitz) forms the basis of R&D skills in Chemnitz. The department of Micro Devices Integration at the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems and the department of System Technology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology also act as important non-university research partners.


160 professors currently attend to over 10,000 students. The number of university students has almost doubled since 1995.

The mechanical engineering faculty is an internationally coveted, prestigious teaching and research establishment at the TU Chemnitz, providing innovative, market-related research services. Its core competencies are product development, production design, and information and communication technology.

University research in the field of microtechnologies at the professorships for instrumentation and sensor technology, microsystem and equipment technology, microtechnology and microproduction technology, as well as at the Microtechnologies Centre, also offers extraordinary future potential.

Apart from mechanical engineering, the TU Chemnitz also runs courses in electrical engineering and information technology, economics, computer science, science, mathematics and at its philosophy faculty, which covers a wide range of subjects, such as languages, literature, cultural studies, social studies and psychological/educational studies.

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Partner for research and development

Educational and research establishments, such as the Chemnitz University of Technology, the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (IWU) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems (ENAS), the Saxon Textile and Research Institute, and the Microtechnologies Centre guarantee a dynamic innovation process for businesses, and ensure the region’s demand for specialists and managers is met in the long-term.



Bereiche Maschinen-/ Anlagenbau und Automotive

Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr GmbH


        Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr GmbH, Betrieb Chemnitz


      Fraunhofer Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik



Bereich Mikrosystemtechnik


                                        Zentrum für Mikrotechnologien


          Fraunhofer-Institut für Elektronische Nanosysteme (ENAS)


                       Gesellschaft für Mikroelektronikanwendung Chemnitz mbH



Bereich Textilforschung


                                        Sächsisches Textil Forschungsinstitut e.V.


                                        Chemnitzer Textilmaschinenentwicklung GmbH

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Wachstumskerne (“growth cores”)


The lightweight construction materials of the future are being created in Chemnitz. An alliance of 19 businesses and three research establishments (almost all of which are from Chemnitz and the region) successfully applied to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to become a “Wachstumskern” or “growth core”. The visions of the application, entitled “Thermo-Pre – Fibre composites for large-scale production” impressed the judges. 13 million Euros in aid will now go into projects relating to innovative fibre-reinforced plastics until 2015.


With mechanical engineering, textile and material technology, as well as mould and tool-making, the participating companies and establishments combine Chemnitz’s long-time experience and strengths into innovative technologies and attractive products.

The partners include the Karl Mayer textile machine factory Chemnitz, the CetexInstitut for textile and processing machines, the professorship for Lightweight Structures at the Chemnitz University of Technology, and Ermafa Sondermaschinen und Anlagenbau-Gesellschaft.

It all revolves around thermoplasts and fibres: fibre-reinforced plastics which warp several times when heated, and can be processed in large-scale production. These pre-impregnated polysurfaces will be more flexible, affordable and ecological than duroplasts previously used in lightweight construction.

The significantly higher cycle times which can be achieved in component manufacturing, as well as their increased profitability, are crucial. Along with an enormous potential for saving in production – 60 percent less energy costs and 50 percent lower investment costs are expected -, the thermoplasts primarily impress in terms of their ability to be recycled several times.

Various options for applying the material will be explored in four funded application projects over the next few years, including fans for wind power plants and pressure tanks for vehicles.
There are also two technology projects which focus on constructing production plants.

Around 180 new jobs and a sales increase of double-digit millions are expected for the city, making Chemnitz the third centre for lightweight construction in Germany, but the only one not using duroplasts.
For more information, visit www.thermopre.de 

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