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Knowledge transfer for technology-oriented structural change in Central Germany

The House of Transfer (HoT) project started yesterday in Leuna. The coming four years are set to see the development of a central hub for all stakeholders in the biobased economy, chemical, plastics, and hydrogen sectors in the Central German mining region. Led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES, the project team, which comprises the project partners BioEconomy e. V., the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW, the Chemie+ cooperation network, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, and POLYKUM e. V., has set itself the goal of providing support for the accelerated implementation of the structural change. The project is being funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWK) to the tune of €4.6 million.
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Research Project "DataLab WestSax" Opens simul+ Hybrid Living Lab

The collaborative research project "DataLab WestSax" - Future and Value Creation Lab West Saxony - a regional catalyst for data-based value creation - aims to leverage untapped potential of data for value creation purposes. Prof. Heiko Gebauer's team at the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig and Prof. Christoph Laroque's team at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences Zwickau will receive a total of 1.5 million euros in financial support from the simul⁺ innovation hub of the Saxon State Ministry for Regional Development (SMR). This will enable both private and public/municipal companies in the West Saxony region to test adapted digital technologies and data utilization processes.
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Socio- and Techno-Economic Research Strengthens SMEs in Saxony and Regions Undergoing Structural Change

On Friday Saxony's Minister of State for Science, Culture and Tourism Sebastian Gemkow learned first-hand about the institute's current research priorities. In addition to insights into projects for the development of innovative business models with companies in Saxony, the focus of the conversation was on research activities on future development paths for regions affected by structural change.
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Eastern Germany offers location advantages for the automotive supply industry despite major challenges

In the Automotive Industry Outlook 2030+, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI in Karlsruhe and the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy IMW in Leipzig have looked at the German and, in particular, the East German automotive industry. The study, commissioned by the Labour and Environment Foundation of the IGBCE, focuses on the current economic importance of the industry, its future challenges, and options for action in regard to trade unions, politics, industry and the public in the region.
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Analysing the economic efficiency of transport robots

Fraunhofer IPA has developed a new, flexible transportation robot. A research team from the Fraunhofer IMW headed by Dr. Marija Radic examined the economic viability of the robot based on a life cycle cost analysis.
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