Through a three-year commitment, Premium Aerotec, Faurecia and Solvay will bring together their expertise, capabilities and resources to hit the R&D milestones set to meet the industry’s growth expectations and offer solutions for sustainable mobility. Composite adoption, industrialisation and accelerating automotive and aerospace ramp up rates are key areas that will be addressed by the IRG CosiMo consortium.
Premium Aerotec, Faurecia and ITA Augsburg are also part of an upcoming project consortium in the Campus Carbon 4.0 programme of the Free State of Bavaria, Germany. This public sponsored consortium (CC4.0 CosiMo) is going to develop new materials and processes for in-situ polymerisation of caprolactam to polyamide 6 for high volume applications in automotive. IRG CosiMo, an extension of this consortium, aims to focus on a wider range of thermoplastic materials and processes. As a partner of IRG CosiMo, the Institute of Textile Technology Augsburg (ITA Augsburg) will host and project manage the consortium, coordinate the scientific research programme and operate the equipment used for processing new materials into tape and web based thermoplastic composites. All machines will be installed in the Technologiezentrum Augsburg (TZA), the core infrastructural element of Augsburg Innovationspark.
In collaboration with IRG CosiMo premium partners, all installed equipment can also be used by companies interested to benefit from the network. Sharing infrastructure and equipment through open innovation is an efficient way to encourage the development of new materials, data driven process controls and robust automated manufacturing processes for serial production, without interrupting industrial plants.
ITA, a textile research facility, is focusing on the development of thermoplastic tape- and web-based composite systems. ITA Augsburg initiated IRG CosiMo as part of a strategic approach to push innovation in thermoplastic composites, including recycled fibre materials.