The MAHREG Automotive network combines the vehicle technology expertise of a large number of supplier companies in Saxony-Anhalt.
The network was initiated by the Inno-Regio competition "Innovative Impulses for the Region" of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). MAHREG is a trademark for the Saxony-Anhalt region. The active participation of the network is characterised by the involved companies, the scientific community and the economic policy committees of the state and federal government. The central task of the cluster is to strengthen the innovation and efficiency of the regional suppliers for the automotive industry. In this way, new innovations should be generated and successfully placed on the market. So, Saxony-Anhalt meets the high demands of the international automotive market. MAHREG’s demands can be summarised in the following words: lighter, more economical, more effective, safer and more competent. More than 170 companies, institutions and partners are currently involved in the cluster.
The network’s vision is to establish Saxony-Anhalt as a centre for the development and manufacture of lightweight vehicle components for alternative, energy-efficient drive systems. MAHREG assumes the responsibility and leadership for the research and development field of aluminium casting / lightweight construction within the Automotive Cluster East Germany (ACOD) membership.

Resources needed

MAHREG is funded within the framework of the joint task for cluster management of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt. A high level of commitment and interest in the development of new products/innovations and thus the advancement of the region are essential for the co-operation between the actors.

Evidence of success

More than 170 partners from economy and science are currently involved in the MAHREG Automotive cluster. During the 20-year existence of the network, numerous ideas were generated and implemented in concrete projects (more than 50). For example, super-light Mg-Li-alloys are used in the lightweight construction in the automotive field. Furthermore, the Electromobility Day takes place once a year in Saxony-Anhalt to inform about current developments in the field of electromobility.

Potential for learning or transfer

Today, around 170 partners from business and science in the field of automotive are involved in the cluster. New and innovative ideas, projects and products can be generated through active cooperation between industry and research. The market-oriented implementation of these ideas, projects and products is the focus of the cluster’s work. Regular contact opportunities, forums and workshops provide members with a common communication platform. Business contacts can also be made without obligation in order to facilitate new cooperation’s.

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Main institution
Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany (Deutschland)
Start Date
January 2000
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