Project ideas from the ELA network - find your project partner!

The Green Deal is the challenge and task of the European Commission and the European Union to make Europe more sustainable. Lightweight construction will play an essential role in this. We, as the European Lightweight Construction Association, invite you to send us your research tasks, your project ideas or your industry-related implementations for which you are looking for partners. Our goal is to enable a strong European consortium.

Project idea

We are looking for…


  • Material supplier

  • Testing facilities

  • Industry for role models

IMWF, University of Stuttgart
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. Siegfried Schmauder

+49 711 685 62556

  • City administrations with interest in planning of urban systems and traffic data statistics

  • Partners with requirements for data-driven mobility solutions

LiangDao GmbH
Wanting Lin

+49 1623 287794

  • Partners with experience in manufacturing and application of lightweight pressure vessels 

  • Partners with knowledge of data management and analysis

  • Provider of fuel-cell applications 

  • Maintenance, repair and overhaul companies

Institut für Kunststofftechnik, University of Stuttgart
Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Essig

+49 711 685 62880

  • Partners (machine builders) to use our technology in their own area of expertise

  • Partners to buy our technology

  • Partners to license our technology

  • Governments to buy our technology and give it free of charge to proper companies

MAXImolding! Technology GmbH
Edo Meyer

+49 1577 9481915

  • Press Manufacturer

  • Tool Manufacturer (Heating Channel Technology)

  • Raw Material Producer (PP and Glass Fibre)

  • OEM or Tier 1 supplier for Automotive, Industry Equipment, Medicine and Construction 

Institute of Aircraft Design, University of Stuttgart
Dr.-Ing. Stefan Carosella

+49 711 685 60245

  • Attractive Use Cases

  • Ontology and semantic technologies experts

  • Expertise on business perspectives 

  • Data management and IT-architectures experts

  • Partners experienced with traceability solutions in engineering and manufacturing as well as tangible UX-solutions (e.g. Digital Twins, Data and knowledge visualization)


Fraunhofer-Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI
Dr. Michael Dlugosch

+49 761 2714324

  • Partners who are interested in the new joining technology for FRP-profiles

  • Application partners for a truss structure 

  • Manufacturer of semi-finished profile products

wbk, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr.-Ing. Sven Coutandin

+49 1523 9502568

  • Architects and Designers

  • Building constructors

  • Pultrusion companies

  • Resin manufacturers

Deutsche Institute für Textil- und Faserforschung Denkendorf
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Milwich

+49 711 9340 164

  • Partners who are enthusiastic about developing new, sustainable (and affordable) ways to design and build beautiful, highly functional buildings

  • Partners with a strong expertise in architecture and construction engineering, such as knowledge about technical specifications, materials, novel and traditional construction methods, computational design, and legal regulations. 

  • Great collaborations with cool teams in Europe

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
Christian Hamm

+49 471 4831 1832

  • Partners who are interested in rotational molding

  • Application partners for rotationally molded components

  • Tool manufacturers

wbk, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr.-Ing. Sven Coutandin

+49 1523 9502568

  • Institutes for Material Sciences, Power Electronics and Mechanical Design

  • Electrical machine manufacturer 

  • Power electronic manufacturer

  • Supplier and manufacturer of drive systems

  • Engineering services provider 

  • System integrator

  • Application End user

Institute for power electronic systems (ELSYS), TH Nuernberg
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Armin Dietz

+49 911 5880 1056

  • Manufacturing partner

  • Additional use case provider

  • Material experts

AKKA Research Germany
Andreas Bittmann

+49 151 74630734

  • Recumbent bicycle manufacturer

  • Metal frame manufacturing expertise

  • Reinforced plastics frame manufacturing expertise

  • Mould designer

  • Supplier of alternative reinforced materials

  • Supplier of lightweight metal alloys

University Aalen
Prof. Dr. Markus Kley    

+49 7361 576-2377

  • OEM and suppliers with potential applications

  • Sheet metal forming

  • Simulation of sheet metal forming

  • Simulation of component behavior

  • Manufacturer of lasers and handling system

  • Process monitoring 

Fraunhofer-Institut für Lasertechnik
Dr. Andreas Weisheit

+49 241 8906 403

  • A network of lightweight construction experts and companies

e-troFit GmbH
Andreas Hager

+49 173 575 41 53

  • AI-Experts

  • Autonomous Driving Experts

  • Traffic and Accident Researchers

  • AI-based Video and Image Analysis

  • Automotive Sensor System Experts

Fraunhofer-Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut, EMI
Dr. Michael Dlugosch

+49 761 2714324

  • An industrial partner who will work with us to
    further develop the concept and bring it to market

Aero Dynamik Consult GmbH
Wolfgang Heydlauff

+49 7153 956 551 90

  • Contact with IoT devices developers

  • Contact with heating systems manufacturers

  • Apply these techniques to any other related
    field: lighting, machinery...

  • Provide a range o“low cost automation“

  • Patners to cooperate with, in new solutions

Tactica TIC
Claudio Rubio

+34 684 626 200

  • Material identification

  • Process development for processing of new (insulation) materials

  • Thermal andaccusticaltestingofinsulationpanels

wbk, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Dr.-Ing. Sven Coutandin

+49 1523 9502568

  • Manufacturer of heat exchangers as pilot customers

Eugen Pfeifer

+49 711 128967 61