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Fraunhofer MOEZ – Successfully making use of global opportunities

Fraunhofer MOEZ develops scientifically substantiated, integrated solutions for companies and regions. Our aim is to grasp the challenges of globalization as opportunities and successfully make use of them. The application-oriented approach of the Fraunhofer researchers covers everything from capability analyses and the conception, funding and implementation of international project and business models to network activities and knowledge and technology transfer.

The institute and the minds that work there have proven expertise in the fields of internationalization, innovation and technology management, innovation funding, strategy development, the knowledge economy and research marketing. Around fifty full-time members of staff are currently working on projects for companies, particularly small and medium enterprises, along with projects within the context of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, projects for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation for the Environment).

Workshops for companies: having your attractiveness as an employer tested

As of autumn 2014 the department Companies and International Markets at Fraunhofer MOEZ is offering workshops for SMEs regarding their attractiveness as employers in international locations. The workshops are being conducted in cooperation with HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management within the scope of its Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Junior Professorship in International Management. The number of participants is limited.

When? November, 26th and December, 9th 2014

Where? HHL Leipzig, Jahnallee 59, 04109 Leipzig

EU project PRESOURCE: concluding conference discussed resource efficiency in small and medium enterprises of Central and Eastern Europe

From 12 to 13 November, the capital of Germany provided the backdrop to the concluding conference of the EU project PRESOURCE (Promotion of Resource Efficiency in SMEs in Central Europe). The experience gained and the EDIT VALUE Tool developed by PRESOURCE were to be presented to the expert audience. This innovative instrument enables small and medium enterprises to identify unexploited potential for resource-efficient production. Representatives from the spheres of politics, finance and research got first-hand information about selected innovative financing models. Equity capital, crowdinvesting and an online lending marketplace for SMEs were here presented as alternatives to loans from local banks and public funding. Furthermore, the conference provided insight into the German, Polish and Austrian funding landscape. Mr. Mumm, owner and founder of the sustainability consultancy pli bonigo, rounded off the event with a fascinating look into the role of sustainability criteria for future investment decisions

Commissioner for eastern Germany Iris Gleicke: well-organized cross-border cooperation is a real chance for the border regions

The Federal Government Commissioner for the New Federal States and Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Iris Gleicke, opened a Fraunhofer MOEZ conference on cross-border cooperation in Frankfurt/Oder on 5 November 2014. At this event, around 100 experts, entrepreneurs and politicians from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic discussed how successful cooperation in research, development and qualification processes could be achieved between German, Polish and Czech companies. The conference took place within the context of a research project by Fraunhofer MOEZ in cooperation with ICM – Institut Chemnitzer Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. 

Congress and guidelines for the export of vocational training and further education

As a research partner of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the funding initiative Vocational Training Export, Fraunhofer MOEZ organized the third specialist congress on the export of vocational training and further education. The congress took place in Berlin from 1 to 2 October 2014. Besides best-practice examples, nine thematic sets of guidelines on vocational training export were discussed. The guidelines are intended to support companies in developing and marketing their range of vocational training abroad.

AGENT 3D – digital revolution in product manufacturing with 3D printing technology

Fraunhofer MOEZ is participating in a research project that is intended to develop 3D printing technologies, laser and electron-beam-assisted manufacturing processes, as key technologies for Germany. The processes are among the most innovative manufacturing processes in industry. By this means, complex components and tools can be produced in a way that is efficient in terms of time and resources. A total of 12 research institutions and 28 companies are involved in the AGENT 3D project (Additive-Generative Manufacturing – The 3D Revolution in Product Manufacturing in the Digital Age). The project is being conducted from 2014 to 2020 within the scope of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s funding programme “Twenty20 – Partnership for Innovation”.

Fraunhofer MOEZ as cooperation partner of the National Performance Centre “Chemical and Biosystems Engineering”

Fraunhofer MOEZ is one of eight institutions of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft that are working as cooperation partners of the National Performance Centre “Chemical and Biosystems Engineering” in Leipzig and Halle. Together with six universities and numerous companies, and with the support of the federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, they intend to develop central Germany as a centre of research and education. The close networking is to facilitate more cooperative projects in chemical engineering and bioengineering.

Big Data Center at Fraunhofer MOEZ

The worldwide volume of data doubles every two years. The storage capacity available today will thus be completely exhausted in the year 2020. Solutions are here provided by big data. At Fraunhofer MOEZ a Big Data Center with 150 processors and approximately 350 terabytes of memory capacity is being launched in the second half of the year. The computers that are networked together enable a real-time analysis of price developments and the simulation of market developments.

Fraunhofer study determines investment potential for the region of Leipzig

A study by Fraunhofer MOEZ has identified and evaluated the most significant target countries for the region of Leipzig. The focus was on industries from diverse regions whose companies were most likely to invest, set up subsidiaries and create jobs in the region of Leipzig. Lutz Thielemann, managing director of Wirtschaftsförderung Region Leipzig GmbH and the one who commissioned the study, explained: “With the information obtained, we can precisely target our marketing efforts for the region of Leipzig to the international investor source markets that are relevant to us.”

Focus on people

As a member of the cooperation network “Technology-based Assistance Systems”, the Fraunhofer MOEZ group Strategy and Organization is involved in the development of new and efficient products and services in the health-care industry. The goal: the development of need-based technology and service offerings is intended to facilitate the everyday life of patients, relatives, nursing staff and doctors. The actual core task – the treatment and care of individuals – thus becomes more central again. The Central Innovation Program SME (Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand  – ZIM) is funding the project.

Establishing an international network for energy and the environment in the Danube region

Fraunhofer MOEZ is supporting the establishment of an international network for renewable energy and bioecology in the Danube region. Network managers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, the Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Serbia are pooling their expertise with Leipzig’s Power and Environment Cluster. The goal: to conduct joint projects and open up new markets. Responsible for Transnational Renewable Energy Cluster (TREC) – Danube are Leipzig’s Netzwerk Energie und Umwelt e.V., the Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ) and Fraunhofer MOEZ. TREC Danube was launched with a two-day opening conference in September 2014 at Fraunhofer MOEZ.

Support for successful market entry in India

The team of the department Companies and International Markets at Fraunhofer MOEZ supports SMEs from the cleantech sector in entering the Indian market. As of 2014, the Leipzig research institute and the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) are offering workshops for companies wanting to expand to India. Moreover, European companies can present their eco-friendly pilot technologies in India on a virtual platform. With these new projects, Fraunhofer MOEZ is continuing its long-standing cooperation with EBTC.

A comparison of European technology research

A competition analysis by Fraunhofer MOEZ is intended to provide information about the most efficient research partners in one technology field in Europe. A South Korean research institute has commissioned the Leipzig research institution with this task in order to be able to properly assess the expertise of European cooperation partners in advance. The group Competitive Intelligence is conducting the analysis.

Putting business models to the test in the simulation lab

In Fraunhofer MOEZ’s simulation lab, companies can have their business model developed and optimized. An effective business model tailored to the company’s goals is just as important as the products offered or the technology used. With the data of the company, the industry and similar business models, the group Business Models and Services simulates the company’s future development.

Customer Co-Creation – the Key to Success?: interview and panel discussion with Professor Posselt at the 4th Saxon Innovation Summit

During the 4th Saxon Innovation Summit, the director of the institute, Dr. Thorsten Posselt, expressed his thoughts on the current debate about open innovation before participating in the panel discussion “Customer Co-Creation – the Key to Success?”: “It is my observation that cooperation with customers is crucial to the success of companies. Co-creation, the partnership between companies and customers, forms a good basis for developing and implementing successful innovations. Sometimes it is possible to avoid developments that head in the wrong direction or do not meet customers’ needs.” The complete interview has been published on the Fraunhofer MOEZ website.

Innovations through standards and standardization: guest article by Professor Posselt in the Chamber of Industry and Commerce magazine “wirtschaft” 08/2014

In a guest article for the Chamber of Industry and Commerce magazine “wirtschaft”, the director of the institute, Dr. Thorsten Posselt, presented the potential of standards and norms. In practice, these are rarely associated with innovations. Companies here overlook the fact that innovations can arise through the implementation and development of norms. The full article on this topic was published in the August edition of Leipzig Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s magazine “wirtschaft”.

Popular: advanced training for the qualification of bioenergy consultants

Among the approximately 5,700 projects and 14,000 products that are being supported by the European Commission in the area of “Lifelong Learning”, the advanced training for the qualification of certified bioenergy consultants is the most popular offer. On the website for Leonardo da Vinci projects, interested parties can “like” their favourites and thus influence the ranking of search results. The project “Q-BICON – Competences for tomorrow’s energies: a qualification scheme for bioenergy consultancy ” currently has the most fans. Leipzig’s Fraunhofer MOEZ is coordinating the EU project, which has developed and implemented the free, part-time, practice-oriented course. In the pilot course, classroom and online phases have taught the participants scientific knowledge and management and communication skills in the topic area of biomass.

Fraunhofer MOEZ receives 250 guests for a tour of the world at the Science Night of 2014

“Around the world in one night” – under this motto, Fraunhofer MOEZ took part in the Long Night of the Sciences (Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) in Leipzig on 27 June 2014. About 250 guests took the opportunity to get to know a selection of the institute’s international projects and get into conversation with the staff. Hands-on activities demonstrated that applied research can be informative and entertaining. Building the “research lab of tomorrow” with LEGO bricks, guessing tree slices in the “forests of Europe”, a wheel of fortune on the topic of sustainability in South-East Europe and the virtual tour of the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) in India all enjoyed great popularity. This year’s host of the football World Cup did not miss out, either – in Brazil, football skills were called for. The evening was rounded off with artistic work on the research project IPONORM and the Tunisian master's programme DICAMP. In a letter to the institute’s management, Mayor Burkhard Jung thanked all those involved for a “pleasurable journey” and praised their commitment “as proof of the common identity of Leipzig’s sciences”. The next Leipzig Long Night of the Sciences is expected to take place in parallel to the institute’s ten-year anniversary on 24 June 2016.

Director of Fraunhofer MOEZ, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Posselt, in the Jahrbuch Innovation (Innovation Yearbook) 2014 of the F.A.Z.-Institut on Innovation 4.0: Challenges for Innovation Culture

Article by Markus Garn, F.A.Z.-Institut, and Professor Thorsten Posselt, Director of the Fraunhofer Centre for Central and Eastern European Research (MOEZ), in the Jahrbuch Innovation 2014. Innovation Drivers for Business, Science, Politics and Society.

EU project “Climate for Culture”: Cultural Heritage Protection in Times of Climate Change – results presented at concluding conference

“Climate for Culture” can look back on five years of successful cooperation. 27 partners from 14 countries investigated the impact of climate change on the indoor spaces, art collections and future energy requirements of historical buildings. The EU project was coordinated by Fraunhofer MOEZ in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP. For the first time, it was possible to connect climate models with building simulations and test those simulation models in selected royal palaces and churches. The findings put the participating institutions in a position to plan tailor-made strategies for the preservation of their cultural heritage sites. Dr. Kurt Vandenberghe, member of the Directorate-General for Science and Research of the European Commission, praised the results of the research project at the concluding conference in Munich. Furthermore, he presented the focus of the European Commission in the next few years: “We want to develop and invest in an agenda to show that cultural heritage is not a cost, but an opportunity, a production factor of economic value.” The host of the two-day conference was the Bavarian Department of State-owned Palaces, Gardens and Lakes.

Fraunhofer MOEZ and Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT) seal their cooperation

On 26 March 2014, Professor Dr. Thorsten Posselt, Director of Fraunhofer MOEZ, signed a cooperation agreement with Dr. Ki-Sub Lee, President of Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT). This is to strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions and joint projects in the field of technology development on a long-term basis, as well as making a contribution towards German-Korean research partnerships. The South Korean governmental institution KEIT has been operating a liaison office in Europe since January 2012, which is located at Fraunhofer MOEZ.

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