Start of 3-years Interreg cross-border project AACOMA

AACOMA: Flanders Make and other European Research partners are accelerating and Advancing the Manufacturing capabilities of Composites

EMR Region Belgium, the Netherlands & Germany area hot spot for the future of lightweight materials and technologies.

The Euregio Meuse-Rhine provides a huge potential with its many highly innovative, leading companies and especially SMEs which are active in the area of advanced material manufacturing in many industrial sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Building and Infrastructure, etc. The advanced material sector is growing, with a consolidated offer, ranging from raw material producers over technology development to production, research and development as well as industrial OEMs.

Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine invests EUR 96 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the period 2014-2020. Through the investments in cross-border projects, the European Union invests in the economic development, innovation, territorial development and social inclusion and education of this region.


Bernard Paquet, Project Coordinator from Centexbel/ Belgium stated:

“Centexbel, with a strong experience in textile and composites, will identify with its Interreg partners and an advisory board of international experts several demonstrators which will enable an accelerated advanced manufacturing of composite parts. This could include new materials and intermediates, high performance additives, bio-based products and new composites by additive manufacturing”.

Michael Effing, Managing Director of AMAC/ Germany said:

“The major goal of the project is to connect around 200 innovative SMEs with each other and establish the links to the world-class institutes in the EMR region. We will facilitate 6 roadshow events, addressing key topics like automated manufacturing, additive manufacturing or bio-based material systems combined with match making and training events. The first roadshow will be held on September 24, 2020 at the Aachen Campus of the RWTH University of Technology.”

Prof. Gunnar Seide from the AMIBM/The Netherlands continued:

“Our AMIBM offers already an international master program on bio-based materials. The AACOMA project will be an important element for transborder research and will identify new players in the value chain coming from the EMR region. Innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. Their success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs are needed for a sustainable future.” 

Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine

Interreg supports AACOMA with almost EUR 1,5 million of means from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project receives co-financing from the Walloon Region, the Dutch Province of Noord-Brabant, the Dutch Ministry van Economic Affairs and Climate and the Belgian Province of Limburg.

Project partners

AM Biobased Materials
Université de Liège
FONTYS - University of Applied Sciences


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