Wulf Hoeflich, who leads the EADS Technology Licensing initiative (at center) briefs German Minister Dr. Peter Ramsauer (at far left) during the Trans-Textil visit. Joining them are (from left to right) are Josef Flatscher, mayor of the city of Freilassing; Roland Richter, member of the Bavarian State Parliament; Manfred Haensch, Technical Director of Trans-Textil; and Trans-Textil Managing Director Wilhelm Krings.
20 December 2010
The EADS Technology Licensing initiative’s contributions to improving transportation mobility and renewable energies, as well as its support in the development of small & medium enterprises, were spotlighted during a high-level meeting in Germany today.
Dr. Peter Ramsauer – the German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development – visited the Freilassing facility of Trans-Textil, which has been licensed to produce highly-developed membrane laminates for utilisation in the EADS-developed and patented Vacuum Assisted Process (VAP®).
As one of the EADS Technology Licensing Initiative’s “success stories,” Trans-Textil is supplying its membrane laminates for the VAP production of fibre-reinforced plastic components, which are increasingly being used in aerospace applications and the renewable energy sector for wind turbines. Building on its growing market presence, Trans-Textil now is increasing the manufacturing capabilities for membrane laminates, investing in new equipment and machines at the Freilassing facility – which is located near Salzburg.
Future-oriented utilisations of the VAP technology by Trans-Textile and its authorised licensees were presented during Minister Ramsauer’s visit, including the “E-Port” power station for electric vehicles to be manufactured by Secar, and the NEXICOS helicopter fuselage demonstrator from Premium Aerotec – which was produced in a “single-shot” production process.
During the Minister’s tour of Trans-Textil, the importance of small & medium enterprises (SMEs) in developing such new technologies as VAP was underscored, especially in the areas of green energies and transportation– including electro-mobility.
“Trans-Textile is an excellent example of how SMEs can use VAP and other technologies in really making a difference in the future,” said Wulf Hoeflich, head of EADS’ Technology Licensing initiative. “In my presentation during the Minister’s visit, I highlighted how EADS is focused on offering its impressive portfolio of technologies to SMEs in the sectors of renewable energy and mobility.”
Hoeflich noted that Trans-Textil is further promoting the uses of VAP, including its work with companies in the marine industry for applications in ship hulls and superstructures.
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