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  • The largest production site of Daimler AG is Mercedes-Benz Werk Bremen where currently about 400,000 vehicles are produced each year. Most of these are the C-Class and in particular the GLC. On average each of these vehicles contains 14 kilograms of adhesive. Reason enough for Daimler adhesive expert Dr. Lars Höper, in collaboration with Fraunhofer IFAM, to have developed a tailored training course for Werk Bremen and other production facilities.

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  • Many components in trains that were previously screwed or welded together are nowadays held together with adhesives. To ensure that the trains always arrive safely at their destination, Uwe Berger supervises each step of adhesive bonding work at DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung GmbH in Werk Krefeld. He is the supervisor in charge (SIC) of adhesive bonding work at the company.

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  • From classical mass production to innovative, individualized, high-quality products – that is now the vision of manufacturing industry in China. The key for realizing this goal is optimally trained employees to drive innovation within companies. Workforce training is hence in demand in China like never before. Since 2012 the Training Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology at Fraunhofer IFAM has worked closely with the Shanghai based Shanghai Yifa Bonding Training Center to offer its training courses in the Chinese marketplace.

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  • The Composite Engineer training course is unique. It covers the entire life cycle of a fiber reinforced plastic component. This comprehensive course offered by the Training Center for Fiber Composite Technology at Fraunhofer IFAM is based on the expertise of the Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance, namely the expertise and know-how of nine Fraunhofer institutes. Prof. Dr. Andreas Büter, Head of the Fraunhofer Lightweight Design Alliance, explains the added value of the modular nature of the course and the comparison with a swarm of bees.

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  • Like so many new materials and processes, natural fiber reinforced plastics were first developed out of necessity, when there was a steel shortage in the former DDR. Cotton from Central Asia was in contrast plentiful. This is the reason why it came to be that all the bodywork of Trabant cars was made from cotton fiber reinforced plastic, at the time a most novel material. Almost 100,000 tonnes of natural fiber reinforced plastics are processed today in Europe. Some 95% of this is in the automotive industry. Milan Kelch, now a Fraunhofer IFAM employee but an erstwhile member of the Biological Materials work group of Professor Müssig at Bremen University of Applied Sciences, developed cotton fiber reinforced plastics working with an international research team. The potential of these fascinating materials will be presented during the 3rd Bremen Fiber Composite Days on 27 and 28 March 2019.

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