Partners – European Lightweight Association

The funding partners of the European Lightweight Association – a network of lightweight networks – are Bayern Innovativ GmbH, Business Upper Austria – OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH, Hightech Zentrum Aargau AG and Leichtbau BW GmbH from Baden-Württemberg. The European Lightweight Association currently has more than 3300 companies and 500 research institutions.


Bayern Innovativ is knowledge manager, initiator and accelerator of innovations. Our vision is a Bavaria where every viable idea and technology becomes an innovation.
We link companies with universities and research institutes, important companies of the State of Bavaria, organizations supported by the State of Bavaria and many other technology and knowledge networks to form a strong think tank - the Thinknet Bayern. Thinknet Bayern, which was set up by Bayern Innovativ, combines experts and expert knowledge with modern methods of innovation management. This makes Bayern Innovativ THE innovation platform for the Bavarian economy.

Tanja Flügel
Projectmanager Technology Cluster Automotive and Cluster New Materials

+49 911 20671-211

Innovation creates competitiveness creates added value and jobs. Business Upper Austria, the business agency of the Upper Austrian government, is an innovation driver and a partner for location development & settlement of companies, cooperation and public funding advisory services. As a one-stop shop, we assist domestic and foreign companies by supplying tailor-made services and support them from the initial business idea through to market success.

Wolfgang Bohmayr
Cluster-Manager Polymer-Technology


+43 732 79810-5114



The Hightech Zentrum Aargau supports companies in technology and innovation issues. In order to address the various issues comprehensively, highly skilled technology and innovation experts are active in the Hightech Zentrum Aargau. They are characterized by a solid professional training and years of industry experience in leading positions. This makes them competent and proven partners of SME’s. They assist companies a for innovation projects, arrange contacts with specialists, open doors to universities and R&D- institutions and provide access to funding.

Leendert den Haan
Technology- and Innovation Expert

+41 56 56050-63

Are you looking for a lightweight solution or a qualified partner? Then get in contact with us. Leichtbau BW GmbH is a collaborative network of more than 2.200 companies and more than 300 research facilities. For your individual needs, we select the most suitable institutions and persons and bring you into contact with suppliers, project partners and research institutes from the lightweighting sector in Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger
Managing Director

+49 711 128988-41

Advanced Manufacturing Cluster of the Metal Industry of Asturias, MetaIndustry4, is defined as a multidisciplinary cluster model, aligned with the Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization of Asturias (RIS3), in which industry, technology and knowledge converge. Our mission consists on: Promote the competitive improvement of the sector ecosystem, facilitating their integration into the main Global Value Chains, improving human and technological resources, and focusing on innovation and cooperation; with a clear orientation towards the acceleration of the growth rate in both turnover and profitability.

Jose Ramón Natal
Cluster Manager

+34 620 800 670

The Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia (CIAC) is a non-profit association open to companies operating in the automotive industry, that are based in Catalonia, and pursue R&D+i activities. The Cluster does not rely on any public funding and is financed exclusively through contributions from its associate companies. Over 190 companies linked to the industry have joined the Catalan automotive cluster since it was established. This group of companies has a turnover of more than €20,000 million and provides employment for over 40,000 people.The main aim of the association is to boost the competitiveness of the automotive industry as the driving force behind the Catalan economy, as well as to foster the opening of the catalan automotive industry to the international market.

M. Teresa Tous Tendero
European Project Manager

+34 681 208 820

RAI Automotive Industry NL is the cluster organization of the Dutch automotive industry, and related knowledge and education centres with about 200 members. 

RAI Automotive Industry NL supports the innovative Dutch automotive sector by representing the sector, nationally and internationally. An important basis is formed by its national eco system that is part of the innovative Top Sector High Tech Systems & Materials (HTSM), in which industry, education, science and governments parties actively work together. 

Jean Pierre Heijster
Manager Manufacturing & Materials

+31 492 562500