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New materials in NRW

Companies in the new materials sector profit from the fact that North Rhine-Westphalia has one of Europe's densest research networks. Major 'innovation regions' have emerged around the cities of Aachen, Bochum and Paderborn. Since 2008 the Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS) at Bochum University has been using computer simulation techniques in order to create innovative materials. The Institute of Materials Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is exploring new applications in the aerospace, energy and automotive sectors. A further focus for innovation is the Jülich Research Center, which has created new materials for fuel cells.

Did you know ...

… that the wings of the A380 jetliner consist of composites made by the North Rhine Westphalian company SAERTEX?
… that innovative medical textiles can effectively substitute natural human skin?
… that new fabrics are paving the way to dirt-proof clothing?

Quick Facts


More than 720,000 employees, sales revenues of over €200 billion and more than 6,000 enterprises and research organizations in NRW are linked to new materials.


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More than 22 universities and non-university establishments, including approx. 120 departments specialized in materials research, in NRW are conducting research into new materials.

Leading position in technical textiles

North Rhine-Westphalia has developed extensive skills in the area of technical textiles and textile composites. Alongside outstanding scientific research establishments, NRW also boasts a large number of materials manufacturing and processing enterprises, some of which can look back on a long tradition.

SAERTEX - Leading manufacturer of composite material for strengthening plastics

For instance, the Münsterland-based company SAERTEX produces strong lightweight materials that can be tailored to a broad range of applications, e.g. bridge components, ships, airplanes, wind power installations and sports equipment.

AUNDE - Leading manufacturer of automobile textiles

AUNDE in Mönchengladbach manufactures innovative technical textiles for the automotive and aerospace industries. AUNDE ranks among the global market leaders for automotive textiles, cloth and leather seat covers for car interiors.

New materials enterprises in NRW

The following new materials manufacturers are based in NRW:



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Germany’s No. 1 Economic Region

The excellent infrastructure, the central location and the high qualifications of the people make North Rhine-Westphalia an economic power of international standing. In terms of numerous economic statistics, NRW is world class.


Specializing in nanomaterials, micromaterials and photonics, this cluster promotes various cross-industry technologies that have a strong leverage effect for North Rhine-Westphalia.


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