Fraunhofer WKI moves into new building on the Ahlem Campus in Hanover
With the new office building in Hanover, the Fraunhofer WKI “Application Center HOFZET®” and the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts’ “IfBB - Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites” are closing ranks even more densely. The cooperation between the two institutions will be continued and intensified as a result of the move in November 2022.
The office building was recently completed by the Staatliches Baumanagement Hannover (state construction management) and the researchers from the Fraunhofer WKI and the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts have now moved into the new building. It provides approx. 460 square meters of floor space over three floors, in which office and meeting rooms are accommodated. The Baumanagement began the construction work on the new office building on the Ahlem Campus of the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts in May 2021.
The State of Lower Saxony constructed the building for the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts in collaboration with the architectural studio LSM from Hanover.
The Fraunhofer WKI “Application Center HOFZET®” is located on the campus of the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts and enjoys a close relationship with the university’s “IfBB - Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites”. The two institutions operate a joint technical center as well as diverse laboratories in the fields of plastics and fiber-composite technology.
“We are delighted to continue the 10-year cooperation between the HOFZET® and the IfBB in our new office building. We would like to carry on utilizing the synergies that arise from the collaboration between the two institutions. The cooperation between wood and plastics experts results in new materials and applications for hybrid (bio) fiber composites. One particular focus hereby lies on lightweight-construction solutions that conserve energy and resources,” explained Professor Andrea Siebert-Raths, Head of the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET® at the Fraunhofer WKI.
The research focuses of the scientists are sustainability, materials and component development, and circular economy and recycling. The research results provide a contribution towards the bioeconomy - for example as lightweight components in vehicles. The material and component solutions can be applied in the mobility, logistics, sports and recycling sectors.