The SGL Group has announced that it plans to support a joint project by Singapore Polytechnic, the German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia, and the Institute for Carbon Composites (LCC) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to establish a Composite Technology Center in Singapore.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed by the university partners and ten partners from industry. The guests of honor at the ceremony at the Singapore Polytechnic were the German Ambassador to Singapore, Angelika Viets, and the Bavarian State Minister for Science, Research, and the Arts, Dr Wolfgang Heubisch.
The Technology Centre aims to improve education in the fibre composites field, promote further development of the technology, and encourage technology companies to set up in the region. As a first step, it is planned to open a Composite Laboratory in April 2013.
In supporting this project SGL wants to increase its ongoing cooperation with the Institute for Carbon Composites at the TUM, the German Institute of Science and Technology – TUM Asia, and Singapore’s leading universities. Singapore is one of Asia’s important science centres, with high standards of teaching and research. Innovations and new concepts contributing to energy and resource efficiency in a modern megacity are promoted by the Government of this city-state.
One of the most exciting projects is the development of the world’s first electric taxi specially designed for tropical megacities at the TUM CREATE “Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise”. The scientists at TUM Asia and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore are focusing not only on cutting-edge battery technologies but also on modern lightweight construction with carbon fibre composites.