The "OHLF" framework in Wolfsburg as a public-private partnership assures that research and industry collaborate closely for the implementation in production and manufacturing processes. "OHLF" was initiated in 2012 under the lead management of the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen of the TU Braunschweig and is sponsored as part of the "Forschungscampus" initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research. The goal is to develop materials, manufacturing and production technologies that are suitable for mass production for an economically and ecologically sustainable production of hybrid lightweight components utilizing metals, polymers and textile structures. For that purpose, the "OHLF" reproduces the whole value-added chain for hybrid components: from the conceptual design, the production of carbon fibres and textiles, to the hybrid production process and recycling.
The "Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg" is integrated into the "OHLF" with regards to contents as well as locally and structurally. The main focus of the project centre has been identified in close cooperation with the other "OHLF" partners and is designed to complement the work in each of the research facilities involved. Developments through the project centre’s synergies will be used to the benefit of the competencies of the Fraunhofer institutes, resulting in significantly expanded technologies. New technological solutions will lead to a strengthening of all partners regarding international competition.
The establishment of the "Fraunhofer Project Centre Wolfsburg" is funded by Federal state resources of the "Niedersächsischen Vorab" programme. Grant No. VWZN2990.