Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen

Mobility is one of the focal points of research and teaching at the Technische Universität  Braunschweig. Further milestones in mobility research at the TU Braunschweig were the foundation of the Automotive Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFF) in 2007 and moving into the new building of the research center in 2015.

The NFF concentrates on promising topics of automotive engineering research, which are tackled in interdisciplinary research teams.
In addition, the Lower Saxony Research Centre for Aviation was established in the immediate proximity of the NFF, bringing the wide ranging expertise of the institutes in the field of aerospace technology together under one roof.


When the Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced the competition “Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovations” in September 2011, the NFF submitted the proposal “Open Hybrid LabFactory – Materials Development and Production Technology for Economic and Multifunctional Lightweight Structures”. The application was prepared and submitted by the Institutes for Joining and Welding, Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology as well as Engineering Design.

On 25th September 2012, the winners of the call were announced, including the “Open Hybrid LabFactory”. The official “kick-off” took place on 7th July 2013 by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka. At the beginning of 2014, an agreement was made with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft for the integration of a Fraunhofer project centre, which was sealed by the partners and the government of Lower Saxony in April 2015.

With the occupation of the TU Braunschweig, its industrial partners, the OHLF e. V. and the Fraunhofer project centre of the new OHLF building in July 2016 and the start of joint infrastructure operations, the TU Braunschweig has embarked on a new path in a public-private partnership. Although this presented a number of challenges in the initial phase, it does pave the way for new research and collaboration approaches – not only in the region.

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