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knowledge transfer between companies, scientists, and politi-
cians. One particular topic and research field of this alliance is
involved with the mobility sector [AFBW (2011)]. The Lightweight
Construction Center Baden-Württemberg, LBZ-BW e.V. offers
another networking platform for research institutes and compa-
nies that are involved with the topic of lightweight construction
and supports its members by organizing collaborations [Light-
weight Construction Center (2011)]. The innovation cluster „Sys-
tem-efficient hybrid lightweight construction“, with sponsors from
the Lightweight Construction Center - Baden-Württemberg, links
the competencies of different branches of industry and networks
them with research institutes and other clusters and networks, in-
cluding the AFBW, automotive bw, and KITe hyLITE.
The Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Finance and Industry promo-
tes the establishment of a Technology and Transfer Center - Light-
weight Construction TTZ - through the State Agency for Electro-
mobility and Fuel Cell Technology e-mobil BW GmbH.
With the foundation of a technology cluster composite (TC²) insti-
gated by the Ministry for Science Research and Art of the State of
Baden-Württemberg, diverse research institutes, such as KIT and
the University of Stuttgart, the DLR, the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
and the Institute for Textile and Process Technology Denkendorf,
as well as the universities of Ravensburg-Weingarten, Esslingen, and
Constance, have come together to bundle their competencies in the
area of composite materials in Baden-Württemberg [KIT (2011b)].
Today, as in the past, lightweight construction is an important topic
in the automobile industry. It plays a central role in reducing the
energy requirements of vehicles and thus reducing the necessary
battery capacity, through its weight-reduction possibilities, particu-
larly for electric propulsion concepts. The three OEMs headquarte-
red in Baden-Württemberg (Daimler, Porsche, and Audi) are further
strengthening their activity in this field. At the Neckarsulm location,
among other things, Audi focuses on technical development in the
area of lightweight body construction. The automotive manufacturer
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Fig. 41: A selection of participants in the battery technology sector
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