Until now, nine SMEs from the HYPEREGIO area – four German, two Belgian and three Dutch companies – have received support via B2B or B2S vouchers.
Furthermore, seven knowledge providers (e.g. RWTH Aachen University (D), Sirris (B) and several engineering offices) were involved and profited.
Read here what some of them say
The first recipient of a B2S voucher was the German company high-tech ceram Dr. Steinmann und Partner GmbH (htc) in Blankenheim, Kreis Euskirchen. Together with the research and development centre Sirris in Seraing near Liège in Belgium the company wants to promote the production of high-quality ceramics using 3D printing.
Dr. Detlef Steinmann, Managing Director of htc, Blankenheim, Kreis Euskirchen (D):
“The voucher covers the first steps for a series of tests. We hope to create a basis for new products together with our Belgian partners.”
The DynChem GbR in Aachen is a young start-up which manufactures laboratory equipment for investigating the flow behaviour of liquids in porous materials such as rock. The Dutch cooperation partner BraidSec BV from Geleen will support the company.
Dr. Dirk Prinz, founder of DynChem, Aachen (D):
“We want to develop a high-pressure container to hold the rock samples made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic.”
Pieter Bertier, founder of DynChem, Aachen (D):
“With the innovative design, which allows the use of imaging techniques, we can achieve a new quality of analysis possibilities. This will set us apart from other manufacturers worldwide.”
The TFI Aachen GmbH is engaged in research, testing and certification of building products for indoor use. A core competence in the field of research is tufting technology, a comparatively highly efficient process for the manufacture of textile floor coverings. Together with the Dutch BraidSec BV from Geleen, a novel damping system made of carbon fibre reinforced elements for tufting machines is to be promoted.
Dr. Bayram Aslan, Managing Director of TFI Aachen, Aachen (D):
“With the voucher we can take the first steps to optimize the structure of the composite element. The use of damping can fundamentally reduce the amount of maintenance required on tufting machines and offers potential for mechanical engineering in general”.
The Maastricht-based company Budé Innovative Solutions is working on the development of a new machine for the production of flat bag ice, an innovation in the ice cube industry. The service provider TLK Energy in Aachen will support Budé.
Rob Budé, Managing Director of Budé Innovative Solutions, Maastricht (NL):
“With the help of the “HYPEREGIO – EarlyTech” project, we were able to find a euregional partner to develop refrigeration appliances for us on an industrial scale. Without this support we would not have been able to find such a close partner with this enormous know-how in the field.”
Photos: John van den Akker – htc / Gaby Mahr-Urfels – AGIT mbH