Initiatives for Production Engineering

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Automobile Production Center of Excellence


The Automobile Production Center of Excellence was formed in 2008 in response to the need to increase productivity, reduce defects and improve energy and resource efficiency in automobile production processes. The Center focuses on research projects with the objective of developing, testing and optimizing innovative production technologies, facilities and equipment for car body production.

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Innovation Alliance Green Carbody Technologies (InnoCaT)


The Green Car Body Technologies Innovation Alliance is a technology-related production initiative on the part of automobile manufacturers, suppliers and outfitters, the steel industry and the three Fraunhofer production technology Institutes – IWU, IPT and IPA – tasked with researching efficient and sustainable production processes for car bodies.

Energy-efficient Product and Process Innovations in Production Engineering (eniPROD)


The Cluster of Excellence “Energy-efficient Product and Process Innovations in Production Engineering” (eniPROD) was formed by the Chemnitz University of Technology and Fraunhofer IWU in 2009 as part of the Saxony Excellence Initiative. The Cluster of Excellence is made up of interdisciplinary research teams of engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, physicists and business experts, all working together to develop ways to reduce the amount of energy used in industrial production by 30 percent.