Lightweight Solutions


The aerospace industry is the driver, area of application and 'nucleus' of the cutting edge technology called Lightweight Construction. Being commissioned by the Ministry for Economics, Labour, Transport and Digitilization of Niedersachsen we are the central coordination unit for all sectors and technologies. Our mission is to support the transfer of technology from the aerospace industry to other sectors.

Niedersachsen offers numerous competencies and experiences as well as new and developing networks and activities. More than 25 institutes and research facilities focus on lightweight solutions with its diverse facettes alone.

The four key regions with different competencies and sectors are:

  • Cluster Stade
  • Cluster Braunschweig/Wolfsburg
  • Cluster Hannover
  • Cluster South-Niedersachsen



Leichtbau in Stade

The Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen offers various study programmes at the campus CFK-Valley Stade to qualify lightweight construction specialists. For example DLR, DOW, FIBRE and Olin pursue the development and innovations within the field of CFK at the research centre CFK NORD.

Consisting of the previous associations CFK Valley e.V. (Stade) and Carbon Composites e.V. (Augsburg) the Composites United e.V. (CUeV) is the world’s leading competence network in terms of fiber-based, multi-material lightweight construction as well as for the whole fiber composites value chain with about 400 regional, national and international members. The location of the recently founded association is Berlin. The previous sites (Stade and Augsburg) will be responsible for the professional management.

Therefore, the whole value chain of the fiber composites will be represented in Stade, meaning research, development and teaching as well as the production of prototypes and the final product.

Please visit to find further information on fiber composites and the activities at the CFK Valley Stade.


Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg

Open Hybrid LabFactory in Wolfsburg

The Open Hybrid LabFactory produces hybrid lightweight components in an economical and sustainable way.

The public-private-partnership Open Hybrid LabFactory was founded in year 2012 by the Niedersachsen Research Centre for Automotive Engineering (NFF - Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik) of the Technical University of Braunschweig and fellow industry partners.

Within the 'LeichtbauCampus' (the LightweightCampus) of the Open Hybrid LabFactory, production technologies are developed for economical and ecological as well as sustainably suitable large scale productions of hybrid lightweigt compositions from metal, synthetic materials and textiles.

The Open Hybrid LabFactory is financed through the support initiative "ResearchCampus - public-private-partnership for innovation" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In addition, the LightweightCampus is supported by the industry partners, the state of Niedersachsen and the City of Wolfsburg.

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