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EFB - European Association for Sheet Metal Working

Hannover, Germany


EFB is managing currently more than 130 research projects and have a long time record since its foundation in 1949 in organising and disseminating collective research projects with a large number of involved companies and partners within the industry sector of metal sheet working. EFB operates independently as a non-profit association to bring companies, particularly SMEs, from all parts of the technology chain in contact with universities and research institutes in order to exploit synergies. More than 60 research institutes and organisations are organised in EFB-projects. The experts groups with 20 experts within EFB guarantee a continuous monitoring and project follow-up. In regular meetings of workshops and user group meetings, a continuous feedback between industry and research performers is organised by EFB. Besides collective research, EFB conducts and participates in trend workshops for roadmaps, innovation workshops for new trend technologies, seminars, technical bulletin work, conferences, industry exhibitions and trade shows, EFB is also a publisher and is a technical and organisational consultant for questions concerning technology, funding and research programmes, industry partnerships and cooperation, customer-to-supplier relationships, innovation and others.

EFB is the project coordinator and is responsible for the project management and the day-to-day administration and execution of the project. EFB will supervise the project planning, the progress and milestone reports, the cost statements and budgetary overviews etc. using input from the other partners.


IWU - Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology

Chemnitz, Germany


Fraunhofer IWU is a research and development partner in the field of production technology for the automotive and engineering sectors. Since 2000, the department of mechanical joining has been working on the development of joining processes, hybrid joining techniques, the simulation of these processes and methods for process monitoring. During the last 19 years, mechanical joining became a core competence of the institute. Current work contents are the application, optimisation and development of joining techniques for different types of material by considering the entire development process chain: material – simulation – joining process – testing.
The mechanical joining department has worked on more than 80 public projects over the last years, which were mostly funded by DFG and AIF.
All AIF/EFB projects were, like Cornet projects, focused on the knowledge transfer to SMEs. Due to years of experience with these kinds of projects, Fraunhofer IWU is highly qualified to apply for a Cornet Project.


KUL - KU Leuven, Department of Materials Engineering, Research group MeM2P, Technology Campus Ghent

Leuven, Belgium

The MeM2P research group (Mechanics of Materials, Products and Processes) is part of the Materials Engineering department at KU Leuven Campus Ghent. The research mission of MeM2P aims at gaining a better understanding of the mechanical behaviour of materials in industrial applications. MeM2P is well-known for devising new experimental methods and material tests based on full-field optical techniques, with an emphasis on digital image correlation (DIC) as a metrological tool and further by devising new numerical techniques that facilitate the identification of advanced metal plasticity. At the same time, MeM2P has a strong focus on industry-relevant applications such as advanced metal forming, assessment of structural integrity of plastically deformed components and mechanical joining technology. MeM2P has a significant track record in this field in terms of scientific papers, industrial services and public research projects. MeM2P is currently involved in several research projects dealing with joining technology while 4 ongoing PhD studies in this field are conducted in the group. MeM2P Lab is well-equipped for this type of research. Finally, the research conducted in the last decade by MeM2P has led to 2 spin-off companies.