Why become a partner?

AZL Lightweight Partnership

The AZL Partnership is provided by AZL Aachen GmbH in cooperation with the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production (AZL) of RWTH Aachen University in addition to our individual engineering and advisory services. With the AZL Partnership, we offer your company a sustainable and profitable link between research and industry and a valuable service package for your strategic business development in the field of lightweight production technology.

Joint Business Development

AZL Partner Companies closely collaborate to address new regions and new markets in order to develop new business for lightweight production. As partner of the AZL Partner Network, we will represent your company at our joint technology-related websites. Moreover, you have the opportunity of participating our B2B networking events and trips, networking with new partners and customers and promoting lightweight technologies. The collaborative model for Joint Business Development furthermore includes market intelligence activities such as the analysis of business cases, market reports and conferences.

Cost-Sharing in Research & Development

The AZL Partnership involves your participation in several technology- and product-related industrial workgroups and workshops, which, alongside technology-oriented networking, identify pre-competitive research topics. In consortium-funded projects, the pre-competitive lightweight and composite research topics are addressed based on cost-sharing.

Open Innovation & Networking

The AZL Partnership allows you to access our high-level international and interdisciplinary partner network. During the AZL Annual Partner Meeting as well as numerous meetings, you can directly and personally contact industrial and scientific lightweight experts and get valuable impulses through state-of-the-art presentations. In 2016, the AZL Partner Network met during more than 30 meetings with more than 600 industrial participants.

High-Potential Graduates

The AZL Partnership supports you with your human resources marketing. You have direct access to our pool of competent lightweight specialists through our CV board, containing Master and PhD graduates. You can also access our job board and present job offers of your company.

Shared Offices

As an AZL Partner Company, we offer you a representative and inspiring presence at the heart of Europe’s largest research landscape for production technology, the RWTH Aachen Campus. By working shoulder to shoulder in our co-working spaces and exclusive offices in the new Production Engineering Cluster, you keep your finger on the pulse of new technologies and are in direct contact to experienced industrial and scientific lightweight players. You can connect your R&D to the high-tech environment and make use of the nearly unlimited equipment and hardware of RWTH Aachen University.

Expertise/ background in:

Production and development of composite parts
Materials: thermoset and thermoplastic resins, continuous fiber composites, metals and plastic-metal hybrids
Process: prepreg, autoclave, resin infusion, RTM, milling, tooling, joining, quality assurance
Design: CAD design and design to process
Networking: Matchmaking with academic and industrial partners

I will support you in:

  • Process selection, evaluation and implementation
  • Evaluation and benchmarking of solutions
  • Identification of applications
  • Benchmarking with market companions state of the art solutions
  • Identification and elimination of pain points
  • Connect with the right partners for industrial implementation