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Partnership model for ITA Group

Cooperating even more closely with existing and future industrial partners.

8th November 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Germany

Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial

In order to better respond to industrial demands and needs, the ITA Group, consisting of the Institute for Textile Technology of RWTH Aachen University (ITA) and  its research and development service provider ITA GmbH, supported by AMAC GmbH, are forming a a partnership model as of January 2022.

ITA of RWTH Aachen University is a leading research and qualification institute with 400 employees in the areas of fibre-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and their manufacturing processes. ITA GmbH provides technology and knowledge transfer, as well as offering comprehensive solutions along the entire textile value chain.

“The impact of the Covid-19-crisis has shown once more the importance of long-term trustworthy business relationships,” said Thomas Gries, director of ITA. “With our new partnership model we will cooperate even more closely with our existing and future industrial partners, providing them with the latest technologies and innovations from the R&D side. We will initiate networking and workgroup meetings, offer access to ITA’s large machine parks and labs, carry out joint partner projects and commonly organised publicly-funded projects, as well as training for the employees of our partners.”

“We are very happy to initiate this new partnership model where science, research and industry are working shoulder to shoulder in order to close a missing gap and form innovative paths forward in various industrial fields,” added Christoph Greb, ITA’s scientific director.

“ITA is a one-stop source for composite solutions from the fibre to the cost-efficient manufacturing of final parts,” said Michael Effing, managing director of AMAC GmbH. “It is in the centre of the RWTH Aachen University campus in close proximity to the other institutes for lightweight composites and e-mobility. In the context of the Covid-19 impact to the entire industry, it makes sense to bundle forces.”

During an initial session of three innovation days in a hybrid format, ITA recently successfully introduced the first industrial partner projects which will be carried out and are:

-The recycling of composite pressure vessels.

-Natural fibre composites.

-Textile structures with a focus on biaxial warp-knits.

-The factory of the future.

-Tapes and hybrid yarns.

The next opportunity to meet with ITA is at JEC DACH in Frankfurt, from November 23-24 2021.

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