Everything revolves around the car: The competence field of automotive industry, which has more than 160 partner companies, has been a driving economic and innovative factor in Styria for many years. Know-how ranges from manufacturing and processing of raw materials and components via research & development to the production of complete vehicles. In this respect, the Mobility Cluster ACstyria specifically sets priorities whose deployment is vital for boosting success of automotive industry: automotive supply chain, autonomous systems, materials, virtual factory just as much as alternative drives.
What is characteristic for automotive industry is the fact that it covers the entire value added chain, which ranges from research and development to the finished vehicle:
– high competence in the development of vehicles and powertrains from series production to racing (e.g. Magna, AVL List GmbH (Ltd.) or Pankl Racing);
– high material competence relating to plastics, metals just as much as to composite materials, which encompasses research and development as well as production and even includes such new technologies as additive manufacturing;
– high competence in topics of the future, such as automated riding (Project ALP.Lab) or e-mobility (model region/e-mobility Graz);
– production of components for automotive industry, which range from the valve to parts of the body;
– large range of university and extra-university research and training institutions: Joanneum Research, FH Joanneum (FH = Fachhochschule = University of Applied Sciences), Montanuniversität Leoben (Leoben University), TU Graz (Graz University of Technology), Virtual Vehicle, Universität Graz (Graz University);
– high synergy potential with the Styrian aerospace and rail traffic industries