The new Arburg Innovation Centre is certainly an impressive sight: the AIC features a high-tech, modern design and the approximately 60 square metres of floorspace accommodates two Freeformers (additive manufacturing systems) and one Allrounder (injection moulding machine), a free-standing six-axis robotic system and several workstations and information panels for staff at the joint facility.
Arburg Innovation Centre: science meets industryIn his inauguration speech, Arburg Managing Director Heinz Gaub emphasised the value of uncomplicated cooperation between the KIT and Arburg. "We came up with the idea for this Innovation Centre together and then turned it into reality," said Mr Gaub. Delighted with the successful cooperation, he added, "After all, the AIC not only looks good, but is also backed up by a great deal of expertise." In Mr Gaub's view, as the Institute for Production Science at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the wbk is an ideal research and cooperative partner for Arburg, which is why the company was happy to support the idea of the Innovation Centre.
Representing the wbk, Prof. Jürgen Fleischer referred to the long-established collaboration between the KIT and Arburg, which started at the beginning of the new millennium. He went on to say that the Innovation Centre bridges the gap between the scientific acquisition of knowledge and the establishment of market viability. "Here, we can see science and industry working hand-in-hand in a professional venture," said Prof. Fleischer. He expressed his delight with this high point of cooperation between the two sides and his hope that this would be an indicator of the things to come.