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24th May 2018, Eindhoven

Light Vehicle 2025 to boost Euregio Meuse-Rhine

Earlier this week at the Automotive Congressin Eindhoven, the EU-funded cross-border Interreg Automotive project Light Vehicle 2025in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine region was officially kicked-off by its six partners. 

The project partners are Flanders Make (leader), Automotive NL, AMAC GmbH, Technifutur, University of Liège and Campus Automobile Spa – Francorchamps, and the project runs until 2021. The region comprises Wallonia and Flanders in Belgium, Limburg and Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands and North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany.

The project partners are Flanders Make (leader), Automotive NL, AMAC GmbH, Technifutur, University of Liège and Campus Automobile Spa – Francorchamps, and the project runs until 2021. The region comprises Wallonia and Flanders in Belgium, Limburg and Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands and North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany.

Aside from the traditionally well-known strongholds of automotive engineering in Europe, the Euregio Meuse-Rhine is said to provide huge potential with its many highly innovative, leading companies and especially SMEs which are active along the whole value chain in the future-oriented areas of light weighting, electric mobility and autonomous driving. 

In addition, the region’s advanced material sector is established and growing, with a consolidated offer ranging from the raw material producer over technology development to production, from research and development to industrial OEM.

The benefit of joining forces across borders in Light Vehicle 2025 is in bundling the technological competences as well as global and local networks for the greatest benefit of everybody. It will help companies in the Euregio to access an extended supply chain using multi-material systems and will support them in tackling the challenges for the future in automotive. 

One key objective of the LV2025 project is to connect the competences of the industrial companies, institutions and universities which are present in the Euregio among each other. Also, the outstanding competences of the Euregio will be showcased through the design and the manufacturing of several selected lightweight component prototypes. The aim is to build an important virtual technology centre for automotive engineering and manufacturing for the future.

Light Vehicle 2025 will focus on innovation and new technologies, provide gap analysis on technologies and cost, as well as on training possibilities, select potentials, connect people and businesses, inspire cooperation and cross border clusters, raise awareness of coming market requirements, stimulate knowledge transfer and provide and up-to-date worker and engineer training framework. 

Dr. Michael Effing, Founder and CEO of AMAC GmbH comments: “With our activities in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, we are going to help the parties to mutually increase their competitiveness, to initiate and run joint demonstration projects, to strengthen the economy in all involved regions and finally to secure working places. With lightweight materials, design and manufacturing, we create the future in automotive: safer, lighter, more fun to drive, environmentally friendly through material savings and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The project will show that lightweight designs and materials can also be cost-efficient in high-volume production cycles thanks to new progresses in integrative manufacturing technologies using multi-material systems.”

The Programm Interreg VA Euregion Meuse Rhein (EMR)will invest EUR million in cross-border cooperation in the Programme Area between now and 2020. The area between Eindhoven, Leuven, Cologne and Trier has roughly 5.5 million inhabitants. Through the Interreg Projects the European Union directly invests in the economic development, innovation, the territorial development and social inclusion and education of this cross-border region.

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