AFT microwave GmbH - Backnang


AFT microwave develops and manufactures microwave components and materials for microwave technology.

Backnang AFT microwave GmbH develops and manufactures components and materials for microwave technology. AFT microwave specializes in ferrites and dielectrics of which ceramics are produced from the powder up to the polished end product. In microwave technology, these materials are used as absorbers or isolators in radar technology, communications technology (cellular communications, Bluetooth, satellite television, WLAN), or in medical devices. AFT microwave is an international research enterprise that researches nanostructured materials together with industry partners and research groups at universities. One enterprise goal is to develop nanostructured ferrite layers, which can be applied as microwave absorbing layers using a thermal spray technology on housing components, for example

Coolike Regnery GmbH - Bensheim


The Coolike product range includes 300 different products for fields of application including refreshment, cosmetics, wellness, medicine and office cleaning.

Bensheim a. d. Bergstrasse Günther Regnery founded the Coolike Regnery GmbH in 1980, which started its business with the production of cleaning cloths made of cotton. Currently, the product range includes 300 different products for fields of application including refreshment, cosmetics, wellness, medicine and office cleaning. In addition, Coolike offers contact printing, packing, filling and production. The enterprise relies on an on-site laboratory for product development and quality control and has its own print shop that is also equipped with an 8-color flexographic printing press. Coolike has 100 employees (as of October 2010) and is certified in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2000, DIN EN ISO 13485:2001 (EN 46001) and MDD Annex II (Directive 93/42/EEC)

Dürr Aktiengesellschaft - Bietigheim-Bissingen


Dürr is a worldwide leading supplier of products, systems, and services, primarily for automobile manufacturing.

Bietigheim-Bissingen The Dürr Aktiengesellschaft is a worldwide leading supplier of products, systems, and services, primarily for automobile manufacturing. The Dürr Group, a world leader in about 90% of its product portfolio (as of 11/2011) is composed of three divisions:

Paint and Assembly Systems represents systems and equipment business, primarily within the automotive industry. Dürr is a worldwide leading supplier of mass production paint shops for automobile manufacturers and suppliers. The company plans and implements complete assembly lines for the final assembly of vehicles. Dürr also offers assembly and painting technologies for the aircraft industry.

Measuring and Process Systems offers machines and systems for balancing and diagnostics, as well as industrial cleaning technologies. Dürr is a world leader in these product areas. The product range is rounded off with assembly, filling and test stations. The largest group of customers can be found in the automotive industry, which utilizes the equipment in the manufacture of engines and transmissions. Other important customer groups are the aerospace industry, mechanical engineering industry, electrical industry, as well as the power plant technology industries.

The Clean Technology Systems division is comprised of activities in exhaust air purification. Additional activities in the areas of energy efficiency and environmental technology will be added to the range of services.

Dürr employs about 6,700 staff members and is directly represented in 22 countries (as of 2011). In 2010, the company generated sales of about € 1.3 billion.

The company's shares (ISIN DE0005565204) are listed on the SDAX and CDAX.

Emil Frei GmbH & Co. KG Bräunlingen-Döggingen - Bräunlingen-Döggingen


Durelastic-Systeme. The Emil Frei GmbH & Co. KG develops and manufactures industrial powder, liquid, electrodeposition coatings and Durelastic systems.

Bräunlingen-Döggingen Emil Frei GmbH & Co. KG develops and produces paints and coatings in the third generation family-owned business. The enterprise offers a brand-component system where various coating techniques (powder, liquid, electrodeposition coatings and Durelastic) are attuned and applied. Frei focuses on an interdisciplinary exchange within the R&D area. This means that laboratory specialists, engineers and technicians, sales experts, as well as employees from production, quality and environmental management sit together with the customer and mutually clarify how to do what one does even better. The enterprise tests all products and product systems up to market maturity, optimizing these for industrial and demand-oriented utilization, respectively tailoring them to raw materials, processing and installation equipment. In 2010, the enterprise employed 400 staff members, and had a sales volume of nearly 72 million Euros. Frei is ISO 9001 certified and meets the advanced requirements of the automotive industry in accordance with ISO/TS 1694. Furthermore, Frei is actively committed to certified environmental management since 1996 (EMAS II Certification)

Aqua Nova AG - Darmstadt


Aqua Nova develops, manufactures and markets nano-structured product micelles for the transportation of biochemical raw and active agents, as well as substances in the fields of comestible goods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Darmstadt Aqua Nova AG develops, manufactures and markets nano-structured product micelles for the transportation of biochemical raw and active agents, as well as substances in the fields of comestible goods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In the form of so-called solubilizates, these carriers increase the bioavailability of conveyed molecules (e.g. vitamins, fatty acids, essential oils) in comparison to conventional micro-encapsulations

Nanoscale Systems, Nanoss GmbH - Darmstadt


Nanoscale Systems develops, produces and markets technical methods and components for direct processing and refinement of micro and nano-structured surfaces.

Darmstadt Nanoscale Systems, Nanoss GmbH was founded as a spin-off of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main in 2005.The company now has its headquarters in Darmstadt developing, manufacturing and marketing instrumental procedures and process components for the direct processing and refinement of micro and nanostructured surfaces. The application areas relevant to the enterprise can be found in nanoanalytics, pharmaceutical and diagnostic medicine as well as in microbiology and biotechnology. Nanoscale Systems is a research enterprise that cooperates with a number of university institutions. NanoScale Systems concerns itself with a main emphasis on biotechnological and pharmacological analytics and the growing importance of Lab-on-Chip applications for biochemical identification procedures

NanoSec® Gesellschaft für Nanotechnologie in der Sicherheitstechnik mbH - Darmstadt


NanoSec® develops technologies and solutions for the personalization and issuance of high-security documents in a decentralized topology

Darmstadt NanoSec® develops technologies and solutions for the personalization and issuance of high-security documents in a decentralized topology. The development, construction and production of machines and equipment based on laser and nanotechnology lies in the center of activities. At present (as of November 2010), the enterprise employs 20 people. The TÜV Süd certifies NanoSec® since 2009 according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.

SuSoS AG - Dübendorf


The SuSoS AG is active in the fields of surface solutions and services within a range of very few nanometers.

Dübendorf (ZH) The SuSoS AG, a spin-off of ETH Zurich, provides its customers with tailored multifunctional surface solutions since 2004 according to the customer’s wishes. The core performance of the six-man operation lies in the amalgamation, adhesion and bonding of different materials. The so-called SuSoS bonding agent provides robust connections between different materials such as metals, plastics, glass, ceramics, textiles and leather. In addition to this product, SuSoS offers ultra thin coatings for surface functionalization. The range includes bacterial resistance, dirt resistance, improved adhesion, adhesion reduction, corrosion resistance, fogging resistance, improved slip properties as well as anti-fingerprint properties. The services include analyses of surface tension, friction, and composition and layer thickness. The small Swiss company offers an all-round service that includes detailed surface analyses, individual consultation and joint project implementation. The expertise and team experience, consisting of material scientists, chemists and economists help contribute to

Diener electronic GmbH + Co. KG - Ebhausen


Diener Electronic manufactures and distributes low-pressure plasma systems, plasma RF generators and atmospheric plasma.

Ebhausen Founded in 1993, Diener electronic GmbH + Co. KG - as one of both nationally and internationally leading manufacturers of low-pressure systems - produces and distributes plasma facilities, plasma RF generators and atmospheric plasma. Furthermore, the enterprise offers surface treatment (in the areas of bulk materials, surface cleaning, plastic activation, surface etching, and silicone residue removal), process development, rental equipment as well as leasing. Approximately 90 employees generated sales amounting to 6 million Euros in 2009

BETEC Beschichtungs GmbH - Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


BETEC develops and supplies industrial powder coatings.

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen BETEC Beschichtungs GmbH delivers and develops industrial powder coatings for use in the furniture industry, for example.The layered structure consists of particles that form coherent nanostructures, and on that basis determine the characteristics of the respective surfaces (elasticity, scratch resistance, design)

CSAT GmbH - Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


CSAT develops and builds fully digital printing presses for the printing of packaging films in the pharmaceutical industry as well as for applications in label printing.

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen The CSAT GmbH develops, builds and supports fully digital printing machines (inline and offline) for the printing of packaging films in the pharmaceutical industry (blister foils), as well as for label printing applications. The technical process for the printing of industrial film, which was optimized and repeatedly patented by CSAT, is based on the process of electro photography, in which color toner particles are directly applied to the printing material and subsequently fixed in an abrasion / temperature resistant manner. CSAT is able to print an extremely small typeface that serves as a product protection solution in the pharmaceutical industry. The enterprise specializes in the Drop-on-Demand (DOD) printing process in the label printing field. Multi-colored special inks are pressed through narrow nozzles onto the printing surface. The enterprise is a global technology leader in both application areas, receiving numerous awards for its developmental work. CSAT cooperates with print head manufacturers, developing functional printing paints and inks in its own research laboratory

cynora GmbH - Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


cynora develops optoelectronic materials from basic organic elements for the production of organic light emitting diodes (OLED).

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen The cynora GmbH was founded in 2003 as a spin-off of the RWTH Aachen (RWTH Aachen University), establishing itself with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in 2008, where it maintains an intensive collaboration with the scientists at the KIT. The enterprise was taken over by the chemists Dr. Thomas Baumann and Dr. Tobias Grab in April 2008; research activities of organic semiconductor materials were subsequently augmented. Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells possess great potential for the development of new solar cells, energy-efficient displays and lighting technologies. cynora's primary objective is to develop newer, more favorable materials for these applications to open new mass markets. Compared with conventional methods for OLED production, the cynora technology liquid processability allows for almost unlimited versatility - independent of shape and surface texture: Up until now, OLED materials had to be vaporized and processed with complex and expensive vacuum technology. Polymers and other non-vaporizable substances can now be made to produce light through liquid processing (material application as a solution). This will allow future production of ultra flat, flexible, lightweight recyclable light and energy sources in large dimensions. Since cynora scientists were able to replace iridium and platinum with less expensive, non-toxic metals without suffering any serious loss in compound efficiency, the enterprise no longer uses the usual compounds of these rare metals in its developments, which are much more expensive than fine gold. In June 2010, three funds invested a total of 3 million € in the enterprise that employs 11 people.

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Ionys AG - Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen


Ionys develops raw materials and building-chemical compounds.

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen The Ionys AG was founded in 2008 and is based at the research site of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Based on construction chemistry research findings, they develop lasting and environmentally friendly materials and construction chemical compounds. The enterprise is geared toward owners and operators of buildings and infrastructural facilities

Nanoscribe GmbH - Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Nanoscribe develops and sells compact laser lithography systems for the production of three-dimensional nano- and micro-structures.

Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen Nanoscribe GmbH originated in 2007 from a working group at the Institute for Applied Physics, University of Karlsruhe (TH) and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. The enterprise develops and sells compact laser lithography systems for the production of three-dimensional nano and microstructures. 3D laser lithography is used in micro and nanophotonics, life sciences, biotechnology and in microfluidics. The Carl Zeiss optical group in Oberkochen cooperates with the enterprise, having acquired nearly 40 percent of Nanoscribe GmbH in 2008

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Holotools GmbH - Freiburg


Holotools is dedicated to the development and production of functional foils for the target-oriented design of optical components and plastic surfaces

Freiburg Holotools GmbH was founded in 2001 by a group of engineers and scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. The enterprise is engaged in the development and production of functionalized films targeted to the design of optical components and plastic surfaces, such as in mobile phone displays and flat screens. The technological basis is interference lithography, allowing the generation of very small structures on large areas using an imaging process. Structure details and line widths of 100nm to about 100µm are possible

Micropelt GmbH - Freiburg


Micropelt develops and manufactures smallest thermoelectric elements based on semiconductor solutions for cooling systems and power generation.

Freiburg Micropelt GmbH is a joint project between Infineon Technologies AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement, and has been operating as a start-up company since 2009. Micropelt develops and manufactures smallest thermoelectric elements based on semiconductor solutions for cooling systems and power generation. These elements are used in the cooling of high performance processors or as wear-free autarkic generators in micro systems, which can be used in monitoring and control systems in machinery, industrial facilities or medical applications. As a research-based enterprise, Micropelt is engaged with the efficiency amelioration of thermoelectric materials, where the development of micro structured elements from nanoscale thermoelectric devices attributes a significant performance enhancement

Greiner Bio-One GmbH - Frickenhausen


Greiner Bio-One GmbH develops and manufactures plastic labware. Special emphasis lies on the development of biochips (microarrays).

Frickenhausen Greiner Bio-One GmbH develops, produces and sells plastic labware. The enterprise is a technology partner for universities and research institutes as well as the diagnostic, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. With its BioScience division, Greiner Bio-One is one of the leading providers of specialized products for the cultivation and analysis of cell and tissue cultures, as well as microplates for high-throughput screening, allowing fast and efficient active ingredient analyses for industry and research. In addition, Greiner Bio-One develops biochips for genotyping. The application range extends from human diagnostics to food analytics: The PapilloCheck® test system verifies the various types of viruses responsible for cervical cancer (HPV), for example. Greiner Bio-One manufactures specially designed customized plastic microfluidic product solutions for the handling of samples in the microliter-scale. Greiner Bio-One is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 and DIN EN ISO 13485. The German headquarters of the BioScience division in Frickenhausen controls research and development activities in the product areas of cell culture, high-throughput screening, biochips, microstructure technology and OEM. Greiner Bio-One GmbH is a division of Greiner Bio-One International AG, which is based in Kremsmünster (Austria). The Greiner Bio-One International AG generated annual revenues of € 311.3 million in 2010. Greiner Bio-One International AG is represented in more than 100 countries with approximately 1,500 employees, 20 subsidiaries and numerous distributors.

sarastro GmbH - Göttelborn


sarastro researches, develops and manufactures chemical additives and coatings based on nanotechnology.

Göttelborn Founded in 2001, sarastro GmbH researches, develops and manufactures chemical additives and coatings based on nanotechnology. Since its inception in 2001, the enterprise has established itself as a solution provider for individual nanotechnological industrial applications. The sarastro scientific team operates in corporate biological and chemical laboratories for international clients, including those from the medical technology, hygiene, pharmaceutical, plastics processing and packaging industries. The enterprise is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000, DIN EN ISO 13485:2010 and Annex V 93/42/EEC.

Nägeli Swiss AG - Güttingen (Lake Constance)


The Nägeli Swiss AG specializes in quality metal stamping and forming, as well as demanding carbon applications.

Güttingen Since the company’s foundation at Lake Constance in 1941, the Nägeli Swiss AG which employs about 25 staff members, manufactures challenging components for machinery and equipment, as well as for many other industries. They are specialized in the production of supplied parts, where material and precision demand high standards. Over the years, the enterprise developed stamping and forming, adding in particular the deep drawing of stainless steels and titanium to its competencies. In-house tool manufacturing guarantees short development times. Fiber composite technology established itself in the mid 80's. The customer and parts spectrum grew rapidly. Since then, the company had developed and produced, among other things, the structural wing assembly for the Dornier 328 aircraft, an accelerated handling arm used in the chip industry, cups for Pelton turbines, which find use in hydroelectric power plants, a carbon frame with integrated rear suspension for bicycles and pedelecs, a fire extinguishing tank for Formula 1 racing cars for the Sauber F1 team, spring elements for a slatted frame, a so-called "pick-and-place robotic arm" for packing machines, as well as a bell for a carbon trumpet

AQura GmbH - Hanau


AQura offers analytical solutions from one hand as service provider as well as an accredited test laboratory for the chemical and process industry.

Hanau As a subsidiary of Evonik Industries, AQura GmbH has many years of experience in the fields of chemical and physical studies. About 230 employees at the laboratory sites in Hanau and Marl solve customer-specific issues and requirements all about the study of materials and raw materials. Using analytical techniques and methods, AQura serves customers in various industries since many years: Companies in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, polymer manufacturers and processors, companies in the electronics and semiconductor industry, automotive suppliers and manufacturers of catalysts, pigments and coatings. The technical and methodical equipment ranges from inorganic and organic analysis to physical characteristics to the characterization of surfaces and particles and the determination of the elemental and molecular coating on surfaces. The following techniques are important specifically for the study of nanoparticles and nanostructured surfaces: Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, ESCA), particle size distribution (including by means of laser diffraction), image analysis, IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis (including by XRF and glow discharge mass spectrometry). The company's goal is to provide the necessary methods early in time and make them widely available by means of systematic knowledge transfer in cooperation with the customers. Aquara is accredited according to ISO 17025, has the GLP/GMP certification and numerous other approvals, and regularly takes part in recognized proficiency testing to ensure the quality of their

NETZSCH - Hanau | Selb


Netzsch is active in the areas of "Analyzing & Testing", "Grinding & Dispersing" as well as "Pumps & Systems" as a developer and manufacturer.

Hanau/Selb Founded in 1873, the 5th generation family-owned NETZSCH Company employs about 2,300 people worldwide, with about 60 employees at its plant in Hanau. The group is divided into three business segments: In the "analyzing and testing" sector, the enterprise develops devices and systems for thermal analysis of material characterization of raw materials and products in the plastics and rubber industries, the chemical, pharmaceutical, food and paint industries, metallurgy as well as construction materials and ceramics industries. In the "grinding & dispersing" area, which includes the plant in Hanau, the enterprise offers grinding systems for wet and dry grinding, mixing and dispersing systems for solids and suspensions as well as planetary mixing systems and extrusion devices for high viscosity products. The products of this range are used in industrial sectors such as chemical, paint and color manufacturing as well as the mineral, pharmaceutical and food industries. Lastly, pumps are developed and produced in the "pumps & systems" area, which find application for the facilitation of almost any substance in all industrial processes, including the sectors in environmental protection, food and beverages, chemicals, raw materials and petroleum.

Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH - Heidelberg


Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik is a manufacturer of direct-writing laser lithography systems.

Heidelberg Die Heidelberg Instruments Mikrotechnik GmbH is a manufacturer of direct writing laser-lithography systems. The company develops and manufactures imaging systems for the production of photo masks, or for the direct exposure of substrates. The Heidelberg Instruments lithography systems can be used in almost all areas of micro- and nanotechnology. In research, these are used for the production of microstructures on a variety of materials and for manufacturing flat screens, MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems), electronic components, or micro-optical components in industrial production

S-DH GmbH - Heidelberg


S-DH produces super-mirror neutron guides, among other things. In addition, the enterprise offers components for neutron optics and metallic coatings.

Heidelberg S-DH (Sputter-Dünnschichttechnik Heidelberg) GmbH a 2000 spin-off of the University of Heidelberg, produces super-mirror neutron-guides, among other things. The super-mirror coating developed by Harald Häse, the CEO of the S-DH GmbH, improves the degree of effectiveness of a neutron guide to a factor of 4. The corporation’s product offer includes all components required for neutron optics, which is asked for by research facilities, medical facilities who operate neutron sources, as well as by manufacturers of medical equipment for tumor treatment. The S-DH GmbH offers metallic coatings on planar surfaces as well as on pipes, both inside and outside. The enterprise has 15 employees

Iolitec nanomaterials - Heilbronn


Iolitec nanomaterials is a division of the IoLiTec Ionic Liquids Technologies GmbH. Iolitec nanomaterials develops processes for the production of nanoparticles and the dispersion of these particles in ionic liquids or in solvents with suitable IL additives.

Heilbronn Iolitec was founded in May 2003 and is an award-winning company, whose activities go beyond the production and marketing of ionic liquids. In addition to a steadily growing standard product range of about 300 selected ionic liquids for various applications (e.g. synthesis, catalysis, analytics, electroplating, heat and refrigeration engineering, biotechnology and sensor technology) as well as more than 40 key intermediate products and 175 nanomaterials that are available in gram, multikilogram and multiton quantities, IoLiTec also offers R&D services and custom syntheses in the field of ionic liquids since its inception in 2003.

The range of services offered include consulting and feasibility studies, as well as the development of marketable products and applications based on ionic liquids, nanotechnology or a combination thereof. In the area of nanotechnology, the IL's special characteristics can influence the synthesis of nanoparticles, growth, agglomeration and the dispersibility of these particles. IoLiTec works with partners not only in the chemical industry but also in sectors such as engineering, electrical and automotive industries.

IoLiTec has more than 750 m2 of production space and development laboratories at its sites in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (USA) and Heilbronn Germany. The Iolitec nanomaterials division develops processes for the production of nanoparticles and dispersions of these particles in ionic liquids, in organic solvents or water with suitable IL additives. IoLiTec nanomaterials offers high-quality nanomaterials, such as metals, metal oxides, carbides, nitrides, and fullerenes, graphenes, as well as carbon nanotubes (CNT's). In addition, suspensions and dispersions of many metals, oxides and CNT's are available on customer request.

HOLMENKOL AG - Heimerdingen


In addition to ski wax, HOLMENKOL offers impregnation, detergents, coatings and finishes for all types of outdoor, cycling and water sports.

Heimerdingen In 1922, the chemist and ski jumper, Dr. Max Fischer, founded his own company in Ditzingen. The Vereinigte Wachswarenfabrik AG Hornung & Dr. Fischer is also the origin of today's HOLMENKOL AG. Since 2002, the enterprise, which is the oldest ski wax manufacturer in the world, specializes in nanotechnology coatings of material surfaces wherever they meet water in all forms during sports. The nanotechnological ski waxes show excellent durability and abrasion resistance through numerous area contact points and can be applied quickly and easily, reducing friction through the highest possible active agent concentrations on the surface. In addition to ski wax, the enterprise offers, with numerous proprietary patents, impregnations, detergents, coatings and finishes for all types of outdoor, cycling and water sports. The nanoimpregnation creates a self-organizing surface, that is, all particles arrange themselves in a defined manner, ensuring an extensive homogeneous but breathable surface. Once a nanolayer is removed, the deeper layer takes over the protective function completely. This keeps the base material particularly abrasion-resistant, maintaining its functional impregnation despite abrasion. The impregnations can be used on almost all textiles and backing matierals

ROWO Coating Gesellschaft für Beschichtung mbH - Herbolzheim


ROWO develops vacuum coating processes for surface coating of flexible substrates and offers the implementation of the corresponding coatings (and subsequent treatment steps).

Herbolzheim Since their foundation in 1991, the ROWO Coating Gesellschaft für Beschichtung mbH is engaged in the coating of flexible substrates by means of different vacuum coating procedures. For vacuum coating - either through thermal evaporation or by means of cathode sputtering - from roll to roll, two coating plants are available at ROWO. The rolls can be coated up to a width of 1.65 m, a maximum roll diameter of 1.20 m, and prepared to the desired width and length. Foils, fleece, fabric and knits, as well as metal foils and metal fabrics can be coated in this manner. Among other things, thin adhesive layers, electrically conductive layers, optically reflective coatings as well as bactericidal active layers can be deposited on the respective substrates. The vacuum coating on conductive coated fibrous webs / foils is complemented by an electro-coating (continuous electroplating through cooperation partners) to meet the highest demands. The development of custom-made layer systems represents the ROWO R&D focus on polymer materials. ROWO further is occupied with subsequent treatment processes in coatings. Special attention is devoted to structuring processes for the development and optimization of materials for applications in printed circuit board and sensor industries

Viking Advanced Materials GmbH - Homburg (Saar)


Viking develops and optimizes materials for wide-area construction. The product range includes: Binding agents, coating materials and impregnation.

Homburg (Saar) Founded in 2003 by Dr. Martin Schichtel and Jörg Jodlauk and having been decorated in the Founder Champions competition 2006, Viking Advanced Materials GmbH develops and optimizes materials for large-area construction facilities (exterior and interior), by supplementing previously implemented products with additional characteristics through refinement, or new systems based on an in-house developed binding agent. The enterprise offers binding agents (phosphate based), coating materials (glazes, engobes, paints) as well as impregnation agents (e.g. to allow surfaces to clean themselves). The enterprise is also active in contract development and supports its customers from R&D to new products integration into production

FRITSCH - Idar-Oberstein


FRITSCH develops and produces mills, equipment for particle size analysis by laser diffraction, dynamic light dispersion and screening as well as equipment for division, allocation and cleansing.

Idar-Oberstein FRITSCH is one of the leading manufacturers of application oriented laboratory equipment for sample preparation and particle size analysis. FRITSCH GmbH, founded in 1920, whose basis goes back to the technical precious stones trade (selling agate mortars to pharmacies and chemical laboratories for the production of powders), develops and produces mills, largely in an in-house production (such as planetary mills, pebble mills, cutting mills, rotor / impact mills, jaw crushers, disc mills, mortar mills), equipment for particle size analysis by means of laser diffraction, dynamic light scattering and screening as well as devices for sharing, allocating and cleaning. FRITSCH laboratory equipment is manufactured according to ISO 9001 quality standard, whether for rapid industrial applications or particularly precise technical research applications in control and research laboratories. This independent family company currently has a staff of 70 employees (as of August 2010)

BOKELA Ingenieurgesellschaft für Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik mbH - Karlsruhe


BOKELA specializes in ultra, micro and nano-filtration technologies.

Karlsruhe BOKELA Ingenieurgesellschaft für Mechanische Verfahrenstechnik mbH specializes in ultra, micro and nanofiltration technologies. The latter is based on a pressure driven diaphragm procedure which retains particles in the nanometer range. Typical applications of nanofiltration can be found in the food industry, environmental technologies, metal processing and electroplating industry, up to biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Nanofiltration processes for the isolation, concentration or purification of biochemical substances work here, for example

Bruker AXS GmbH - Karlsruhe


Bruker AXS designs and manufactures analytical systems for material scientific research.

Karlsruhe Bruker AXS GmbH produces analysis systems for material scientific examinations. In the analytical scope of nanostructure materials, Bruker AXS develops equipment in the small-angle X-ray scattering SAXS field. The so-called Bruker "NanoStar" delivers information about particle size and size distribution from 1 to 100 nm, as well as shape and orientation distributions in liquids, powders and bulk samples. An additional main focus is the production of atomic force microscopes for mechanical scanning of surfaces and the measurement of nuclear forces on the nanometer scale

Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG - Karlsruhe


PI develops and produces precision instruments for research applications in industry and science.

Karlsruhe Over the last four decades, Physik Instrumente (PI) GmbH & Co. KG has evolved into the leading manufacturer of piezoceramic actuators that are used as high precision, compact and reliable positioning systems. A wide range of positioning systems with motor or piezoelectric drives for up to six movement axes, hexapods, nanometer-sensors, control electronics and software are complemented by customer-specific solutions. All key technologies are developed in-house. As a result, each phase from design to delivery and each component can be monitored: Precision mechanics and electronics, as well as position sensors and piezoelectric ceramics or actuators. The latter are produced by the subsidiary company PI Ceramic. PI has its own sales and service offices in all major markets. More than 500 staff members are employed worldwide (as of 2011).

Palas GmbH - Karlsruhe


Palas specializes in manufacturing of precision instruments for particle generation and particle measurement.

Karlsruhe Palas GmbH specializes in the production of precision devices for particle generation and particle measurement. The instruments are used in research facilities and enterprises, finding utilization in fine dust measurement, up to and including medical inhalation research. For the characterization of inhalable aerosols, which are administered in therapeutic application in the form of sprays, Palas supplies diffused light spectrometers with which active ingredient particles can be measured in the range of approximately 120 nm - 40 nm, for example

StoCretec GmbH - Kriftel


StoCretec develops, produces and markets systems and services which restore the substance and function of structures or provides protection against damage.

Kriftel StoCretec GmbH operates in the value and functionality retention of buildings made of concrete, reinforced concrete and pretensioned concrete. StoCretec GmbH researches, develops, produces and sells systems and services which restore the substance and function of structures from the fields of building construction, civil engineering and industrial construction, permanently protecting them from damage. The company offers product systems for concrete protection and concrete restoration in transport and water engineering, for sewage treatment plants, power plants, parking garages, facades and balconies, as well as product systems for the floor coatings of public institutions and commercial facilities, of industrial areas, clean rooms and park decks

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG - Künzelsau


Würth is a leading specialist in trade with assembly and fastening materials for professional applications.

Künzelsau The Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is the German parent company and the largest subsidiary of the Würth Group worldwide. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is a leading specialist in trade with assembly and fastening materials for professional applications. The company offers a product range consisting of over 100,000 products with high quality standards. The product range includes screws, screw accessories, dowels, chemical-technical products, furniture and building fixtures, tools, storage and retrieval systems, as well as personal protection equipment. Its customers include about 450,000 craftsmen and industrial firms served by over 2,800 field representatives. In addition to its commercial activities, the company is also active as a manufacturer and has extensive R & D experience.

Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG employs more than 5,500 staff members throughout Germany (as of 2011) and generated a turnover of 1.23 billion Euros in fiscal year 2010. The Würth Group is a world market leader in its core business, the trade in assembly and fastening materials. It consists of more than 400 companies in 84 countries and has over 65,000 employees (as of 2011). Over 30,000 of these are permanently employed field representatives. The Würth Group generated sales of 8.6 billion Euros in fiscal year 2010.

The Allied Companies (representing more than 40% of the group turnover), complement the range with products for DIY stores, electrical installation materials, electronic components (e.g. circuit boards) as well as solar modules and financial services.

Sensitec GmbH - Lahnau | Mainz | Wetzlar


Sensitec develops, manufactures and markets products and solutions for the measurement and control of magnetic, electrical and mechanical quantities.

Lahnau/Mainz/Wetzlar The Sensitec GmbH is a leader in magnetoresistive sensor technology and magnetic micro systems. The core competence lies in the development, manufacturing and marketing of products and solutions for measurement and control of magnetic, electrical and mechanical quantities. Sensitec magnetoresistive sensors are used in all applications where motion is controlled and managed and where paths, angles, positions and electrical currents or magnetic fields are measured. Main application fields include industrial automation, the automotive sector, propulsion technology, aerospace and medical engineering. Sensitec has acquired numerous patents and licenses for the manufacture and use of MR sensors. Sensitec operates Europe's most modern and efficient factory for MR sensors at the site in Mainz. The final assembly of custom sensor systems is carried out at the site in Lahnau, where the departments of administration, sales, development and system production are located. In 2010, Sensitec employed 140 staff members.

Sensitec was founded in Lahnau in 1999. The acquisition of the Institute for Microstructure Technology and Optoelectronics (IMO) took place in 2000 in Wetzlar. Sensitec acquired the wafer factory for AMR and GMR sensors in Mainz in 2003. Sensitec established itself within the automotive market with an appropriate qualification and will soon achieve ISO/TS 16949:2002 certification. Sensitec works conjointly with the industry and research institutions on the development of sustainable products, which is supported in particular by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

H.C. Starck - Laufenburg | Goslar


The consortium develops and produces both high-melting metal and ceramic powders as well as structural and functional parts derived there from.

Laufenburg - Goslar  H.C. Starck group of companies produces both high temperature metal and ceramic powders, as well as structural and functional parts derived there from at 13 worldwide locations. These find a variety of applications in electronics, energy and environmental technology, tool and mechanical engineering, vehicle and aircraft industries, in medical technology and in the chemical industry. The product portfolio also includes electrically conductive and semi conductive polymers, which are used primarily in electronics and information technology. Many of these powders are nanoscale or nanostructured to achieve the corresponding performance with the structural or functional component. Examples of this include tantalum and niobium powder for capacitors with high charge densities or capacities, hard material powder for high performance and precision tools, as well as suspensions containing nanoscale polythiophene particles. With the know-how and on behalf of Bayer MaterialScience AG, H.C. Starck has a pilot plant in Laufenburg for the production of MWCNTs (multi-wall carbon nanotubes) at an industrial scale. H.C. Starck utilizes multiple research collaborations with universities and institutes to develop products and technologies in the fields of nanoproducts and nanotechnology

Lithonplus GmbH & Co. KG - Lingenfeld


Lithonplus develops, manufactures and distributes plaster and disk systems as well as products for area zoning, area drainage, slope reinforcement or urban design.

Lingenfeld Lithonplus GmbH & Co. KG specializes in stone products for surface designs in the areas of commercial construction, housing, road construction and landscaping. For this purpose, the company produces and distributes a wide range of pavement and plate systems, products for surface boundaries, surface drainage, slope stabilization or urban design. Lithonplus places particular emphasis on research and development to enhance its products with new shapes, colors and functions. An example of the use of nanotechnology is the so-called "bionic cleanable structure (b.c.s.) technology" that the enterprise uses for the surface protection of pavement blocks or patio slabs. Furthermore, the enterprise has managed to fit stone plates or plaster with photocatalytic properties. The concrete building material used for this purpose contains nano-crystalline titanium dioxide, which acts as a photocatalyst on the concrete surface, chemically converting and diffusing the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide.

Schäfer-Additivsysteme GmbH - Ludwigshafen


Schäfer-Additivsysteme manufactures additive systems for enterprises in the caoutchouc, plastics and lubricants industries, additionally supplying enterprises in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry with fine chemicals.

Ludwigshafen Schäfer-Additivsysteme GmbH was founded in 2003. The company manufactures additive systems for companies in the caoutchouc, plastics and lubricants industries and supplies enterprises in the pharmaceutical and chemical industry with fine chemicals. The activities platform is the technological center in Ludwigshafen, with its start-up center chem2biz on the factory premises of the BASF SE. The enterprise maintains close research relationships to universities and companies in the chemical industry. The priorities of product development lie in additive systems and catalysts based on renewable resources, as well as applications of nanotechnology products for the production of innovative characteristic profiles. Based on this, new stabilizer systems are deployed in, for example, vegetable oils, plastics and adhesives and are successfully marketed under the brand name “LUBIO” market

GS GLOVEBOX Systemtechnik GmbH - Malsch


GS GLOVEBOX designs and produces "glove boxes" for research institutions and enterprises.

Malsch GS GLOVEBOX Systemtechnik GmbH develops and builds so-called "glove boxes" for research institutions and enterprises. The purpose of a glove box is to be able to work with materials in a clean and safe manner while protecting them from environmental conditions. The box is hermetically sealed with a slight excess pressure on the inside. This prevents the permeation of outside air if the box is damaged. It is also possible to work under a predefined atmosphere within the box. Since many materials processed today in the subject area of printed electronics react with and are destroyed by the oxygen contained in the surrounding air, glove boxes are the product of choice for their examination and production. A prerequisite is an oxygen free atmosphere which is guaranteed by an inert gas contained within the box itself. The isolated work in the box is made possible by arm length gas proof gloves

Fuchs Europe Schmierstoffe GmbH - Mannheim


Fuchs designs, produces and markets lubricants and is a lubricant supplier for the German automotive industry.

Mannheim Fuchs Europe Schmierstoffe GmbH Mannheim Fuchs Europe Schmierstoffe GmbH is an operative corporation of the Fuchs Petrolub AG, a globally active group, which focuses on the development, production and marketing of lubricants. The enterprise supplies lubricants to the German automotive industry, in particular initial operation lubricants (engine oils, transmission oils, shock absorber oils, lubricating greases). Fuchs has improved the testing capacities within the last ten years in reaction to customer demands, particularly for mechanical dynamic test methods. 2009, the enterprise plans the erection of a technology and distribution center in Mannheim. Many lubricant applications are - as almost all technical systems - under constant pressure in terms of performance and efficiency, as well as improved environmental performance. This requires continuous development. In this regard, Fuchs is concerned with the modification of lubricants by the use of nanomaterials, acting in the capacity of a research-based enterprise in collaboration with research institutes. The goal of this development work is the tribological optimization of lubricated systems to reduce friction and wear in real aggregates of everyday

Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH - Mannheim


Rhein Chemie develops and produces additives and specialties for the rubber, lubricants and plastics industry.

Mannheim The Rhein Chemie Rheinau GmbH develops and produces additives and specialties for industries producing rubber, lubricants and plastics. In doing so, the enterprise also falls back on the expertise of the mother group Lanxess and cooperates with research institutions and industrial manufacturers. In the field of high temperature polymer electrolyte membranes fuel cells (HT-PEM-BZ), for example. The incorporation of organic nanoadditives into the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) brings about an improvement in fuel cell performance and extends its lifespan. In the context of its development consultation services for customers, the enterprise operates technical development and test laboratories worldwide and regularly carries out field tests on production machines or on aggregates in practical applications. Many of these tests take place in cooperation with technical institutes and universities


TIB Chemicals AG - Mannheim


TIB Chemicals produces both basic chemicals and inorganic specialty chemicals. Furthermore, the enterprise develops and produces anti-corrosion protective coatings.

Mannheim Die TIB Chemicals AG produces base chemicals for the chemical industry and inorganic specialty chemicals for the paint and coatings industry. In addition, the company develops and manufactures coatings for corrosion protection of pipelines that find use in technical large-scale systems in the oil and gas industry, or power plant and tank construction

inomat GmbH - Neunkirchen


inomat develops, produces and distributes materials on the basis of chemical nanotechnology.

Neunkirchen inomat GmbH develops, produces and distributes materials on the basis of chemical nanotechnology. Different product lines were developed in recent years under the registered trademark name ino®. This occurs principally on customer order, however also on occasion in the context of self financed research and development. Currently (status March 2010), inomat employs seven persons of different disciplines. German brand name products were produced and delivered to company customers in a two-digit ton scale in 2009 from a company based site totaling 2.700 square meters in size. In recognition of the successful business development, inomat GmbH was recognized as the "Venue of Ideas" by the initiative "Germany - Country of Ideas" in March 2010

Deutsche Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn Stiftung & Co KG - Ober-Ramstadt


The Caparol group is a market leader for architectural coatings in Germany, Austria, and Turkey, as well as the number 3 in Europe.

Ober-Ramstadt The Caparol-Gruppe , under the auspices of the German Amphibolin-Werke von Robert Murjahn Stiftung & Co KG (DAW), is a market leader for architectural coatings in Germany, Austria, and Turkey, as well as the number 3 in Europe with a recent annual turnover of about one billion Euros (as of 2010).

Caparol produces 1,700 tons of paint daily at the site in Ober-Ramstadt during peak summer periods. During this time, about 100,000 containers of all sizes are filled with paint. The shades of color know no limits: "We have more than one million shade formulas in our repertoire and develop up to 12,000 special shades at customer request each year," press representative Francis Dörner explains. "Europe’s best-selling interior paint" from the DAW product range is a familiar term for do-it-yourselfers: "Alpinaweiß” was introduced to the market as “interior powder paint” in 1901.

The enterprise, founded in 1895 by Robert Murjahn, which also produces paints, glazes, and materials for insulation technology, is responsible for a number of innovations in the fields of paints, varnishes and coatings. For example, the NespriTec system for fog-free coatings, the emission-and solvent-free E.L.F paints or the nano-quartz grid technologies for clean, long-term color shade stable facades. The products from Southern Hesse can be found at prominent locations: The interior walls at the Chancellor's Office, for instance, are coated with Indeko-plus. More than 100 building facades were restored with Caparol paints in St. Petersburg for the city’s 300th anniversary and the South Hessians were also involved in the restoration of the Brandenburg Gate a number of years ago. According to Caparol, a "special metallic like coating" was developed for the construction of the Allianz Arena in Munich in the luminous colors of red, blue and white (this shows if the Bayern, the Löwen or either of two teams are currently playing a game) in order to "counter neutral coloring schemes."

The Caparol Group is active in over 30 countries worldwide. With its 5,000 employees (as of 2011), it has companies and production facilities in Austria, Italy, Sweden and France, as well as sales offices located throughout Europe. The share of foreign sales in total revenue will soon reach 40 percent - and will continue to grow.

Alfred Clouth Lackfabrik GmbH & Co. KG - Offenbach


Clou develops and produces water-soluble or solvent-based wood stains and varnishes, waxes, glazes and oils as well as repair and retouching agents.

Offenbach/M. Alfred Clouth Lackfabrik GmbH & Co. KG In 1917, company founder Alfred Clouth began to produce wood stains and shellacs in his small Frankfurt workshop together with two employees. Since then, the product line is under constant development and now ranges from water-soluble or solvent-based wood stains and varnishes in different shades, to waxes, glazes and oils for the protection and maintenance of wood surfaces to specific repair and retouching agents. The enterprise has developed varnishes with new functional qualities in the field of nanotechnology research. In addition in recent years, CLOU has evolved from a pure paint and coatings manufacturer to a system supplier, and in addition to its own products, sells the necessary glues and adhesives produced by Henkel (Ponal / Pattex), the machines and tools necessary for the application of these glues and adhesives manufactured by GUPFO, as well as Teroson sealants, tapes, foils and foams. The ASUSO majority shareholdings purchased in 2008 strengthens the market position in the areas of oils, waxes as well as water and solvent based wood preservatives. About 200 employees work for Clou today (as of April 2010)

Kratzer GmbH & Co. KG - Offenburg


Kratzer is a family business working in the area of machining technology, producing high-precision turning, milling and grinding parts as well as complete assemblies.

Offenburg Founded in 1962, the Kratzer GmbH & Co. KG is a medium sized family business, active in the field of machining technology that manufactures high-precision turning, milling and grinding parts and complete assemblies at two locations in Offenburg. Kratzer primarily produces complex parts that require up to 15 different operations. Approximately 50 enterprise customers, working in the areas of analysis and medical technology, hydraulics/pneumatics, aeronautics and automotives, located in different countries, order quantities between 100 and 3.5 million per year. Kratzer also supports the development of parts, such as the Body Oscillator for “ACC” (Adaptive Cruise Control), a driver assistance system of the latest generation. Currently, more than 230 people work in the two Kratzer plants, which generated sales of presumably 34 million € in 2010. Kratzer is certified according to ISO TS 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 13485

Admedes Schüssler GmbH - Pforzheim


ADMEDES Schüssler processes special metals for medical technology and is active in the field of ultra-precise laser cutting techniques.

Pforzheim Admedes Schüssler GmbH processes specialty metals for medical technology and is active in the field of ultra-precise laser cutting techniques. The enterprise specializes in materials including nitinol, a nickel-titanium alloy which is widely used in the area of surgical techniques based on its biocompatible properties. The enterprise has placed main emphasis on the production and design of self-expanding vessel implants (stents)

Maschinenfabrik Arnold GmbH & Co. KG - Ravensburg


Arnold develops and manufactures complex laser systems, the associated automation components as well as device technology.

Ravensburg The Maschinenfabrik Arnold GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1919 by master mechanic Anton Arnold as a machine shop, repair shop and specialized welding shop for cast iron and aluminum. For more than twenty years, the development and manufacture of complex laser systems together with the necessary automation components and device technology belong to the most important products of the family business. The core competencies at Arnold are process-oriented component development, the necessary modular machine tools as well as the integration of a widely applicable and accepted control technology. The enterprise offers machining and laser processing as direct labor services as well. The enterprise currently employs 70 employees (August 2010). Arnold is certified in accordance with the quality management systems ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and VDA 6.4

Kleindiek Nanotechnik GmbH - Reutlingen


Kleindiek is a developer and manufacturer of precision equipment for material scientific research applications in industry and science.

Reutlingen Kleindiek Nanotechnik GmbH is a developer and manufacturer of precision equipment for materials used for science applications in industry and science. The product range includes micromanipulators, which can be used with electron microscopes of different manufacturers and designs. These "nano-workstations" allow for an exact target preparation of very small sample areas (TEM Liftout), electrical measurements of very small structures (45nm technology) or the measurement of mechanical properties (nanoindentation, tension measurements, etc.). The Kleindiek Nanotechnik "nano-workstations" can be used for metal, ceramic and polymeric as well as biological materials

IBACON GmbH - Rossdorf


IBACON is an independent contract research organization for the chemical industry that conducts studies according to "Good Laboratory Practice" (GLP) for the admission of pesticides, industrial chemicals, biocides, veterinary medicines and pharmaceuticals.

Rossdorf The Institute for Biological Analysis and Consulting is an independent contract research organization for the chemical industry that conducts studies according to "Good Laboratory Practice" (GLP) for the admission of pesticides, industrial chemicals, biocides, veterinary medicines and pharmaceuticals. The analysis spectrum extends from physical-chemical characterization to the fate and behavior of substances in the environment up to the institutes core area: Ecotoxicology. Concomitant and residue analyses, as well as method establishment and validation are tasks that are assumed by IBACON chemical analytics. The institute offers both standardized and customized studies - in accordance with the current state of science and "guidelines".

The admission of nanomaterials is not yet sufficiently regulated and testing procedures must be adapted to the specific challenges associated with the testing of nanomaterials. IBACON is conducting a research project for the Umweltbundesamt (German Federal Environmental Agency) together with the RWTH Aachen University. Here, environmental risks are examined by nanomaterials in compliance with relevant exposure scenarios. With this project, IBACON would like to contribute to the safe use of nano-materials and prepare itself for the routine testing of nanomaterials.

IBACON was founded in 1994 and has since been GLP certified. The enterprise staff has many years of experience in test development and test execution. IBACON has a total of 100 employees (as of 2011).

ItN-Nanovation AG - Saarbrücken


ItN develops ceramic products such as filtration systems and coatings for large industrial customers. The required nano-scale powder is produced by the enterprise.

Saarbrücken ItN-Nanovation AG, founded in 2000 and publicly traded since 2006, employs 40 persons (as of January 2010), and develops ceramic products such as filtration systems and coatings for industrial customers. The enterprise produces the required nanoscale powder themselves. The ceramic flat membranes produced by ItN Nanovation can be used for water purification, sewage treatment, post filtration as well as oil and water separation. The coatings are used as protective and catalytic coatings in baking ovens and foundries or also in cogeneration plants and waste incinerators

Kugler GmbH - Salem


Kugler is a developer and manufacturer of machinery and machine components for the processing of high-precision parts in the plastic or metal industry.

Salem Kugler GmbH is a developer and manufacturer of machinery and machine components for processing high-precision parts in the plastic or metal industry. The enterprise, for instance, delivers ultra-precise milling and turning tools as well as machinery for microstructuring with cutting tools or lasers. Kugler is specialized in optical laser units and laser components within this field. As a research enterprise, Kugler commits itself to the field of metal surface nanostructuring by means of holographic impression templates (Holo-Impact). In this case, the technical procedure rules for the casting of micro and nanostructured holographic templates (embossed holograms) are developed. The goal here is the production of holograms for optical elements and plagiarism protection, as well as for decorative or security relevant applications in the printing and packaging industry

Natepro Produktions und Vertriebs GmbH - Schlüchtern - Niederzell


Natepro specializes in surface sealing systems based on the impact mechanisms of chemical nano-technology.

Schlüchtern - Niederzell Natepro Produktions und Vertriebs GmbH was founded in 2006. The enterprise specializes in surface sealing systems based on the mechanisms of chemical nanotechnology. In the forefront here are stain-resistant and anti-corrosion materials for building materials, steel, aluminum, stainless steel and glass. The enterprise cooperates with research laboratories and sees itself as a nanotechnology center of excellence that wishes to convey the nanotechnological application possibilities to a wide audience from industry, commerce and trade. In addition, the enterprise supports the long-term quality assurance of nanoproducts and advocates the establishment of a quality seal through which uniform standards in the field of consumer protection are guaranteed

Kleinmann GmbH - Sonnenbühl


Kleinmann is the world's largest "genuine" manufacturer of computer cleaning products.

Sonnenbühl Founded in 1979, the Kleinmann GmbH employs approximately 100 employees in two plants as a medium-sized, family-owned business. The company is the world's largest "genuine" manufacturer of computer cleaning products, with an emphasis on "production of private brands for brand name companies". The enterprise production encompasses hand bottling machinery for small production volumes as well as fully automatic production lines for very large amounts. Quality control and product development are performed in the company-owned chemical products division. The research areas range from "computer and office-cleaning" all the way to "health care & hygiene"

OWIS GmbH - Staufen


OWIS develops and manufactures high-precision opto-mechanical components, beam control systems as well as positioning systems for scientific research and industry.

Staufen OWIS GmbH , founded in 1980, offers high-precision opto-mechanical components, beam guide systems as well as positioning systems for scientific research and industry. OWIS products find use as a standard, but also as an application-specific solution in information technology, biotechnology and medicine just as in image processing or the semiconductor industry, the printing industry and mechanical engineering. In addition to state of the art production, the enterprise maintains its own development division and sees itself as a "system partner for the combination of macro, micro and nano worlds". 50 employees currently staff the site at Staufen (as of August 2010). The enterprise is represented worldwide through individual sales units and agencies, and is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001

alutec metal innovations GmbH & Co. KG - Sternenfels


alutec develops and produces engine parts, pistons, heat sinks, machined aluminum profiles and casings by means of cold extrusion technology as high-precision components made of aluminum.

Sternenfels alutec metal innovations GmbH & Co. KG , founded in 1988, currently produces with approximately 170 employees (as of 6 / 2011) customer-specific solutions made from aluminum. The products made by alutec are mostly one-piece and extend from drive components, pistons and heat sinks to machined aluminum profiles up to casings, used in both mechanical as well as power electronics applications. 85 % of sales are for major systems suppliers for automotive manufacturers.

alutec manufactures to customer order only in close cooperation with the customer. The company is thus a medium-sized company that has positioned itself to its customers as a process specialist with unique skills in the consistent use and development of cold forging technology for high-precision components made of aluminum. alutec assists developers from the automotive sector at an early stage of new projects with advice in order to find the optimal technical and economic solution for the customer. alutec also seeks contact with machine suppliers from the high-tech sector to implement the specific project needs quickly and efficiently through appropriate and flexible production methods.

Certified to ISO/TS 16 949 : 2009 and ISO 14001 : 2004, the company has earned sales of 24.5 million € in the fiscal year 2010. In addition to numerous collaborative projects with the Fraunhofer Institute, alutec seeks strategic alliances with complementary technology partners, thus strengthening their market position. A strategic goal of the management is to achieve the competence throughout the world with the implementation of policies oriented hereto and to become a model enterprise in terms of environment and energy.

Inno-X GmbH - St. Gallen


Inno-X offers products and services in the area of functional industrial and non-industrial surfaces and materials that can be refined.

St. Gallen The products and services offered by the Inno-X GmbH, founded in 2006, deal with all functional industrial and non-industrial surfaces and materials that can be refined. The invariable goal is the added-value and value-preserving functionalization of surfaces. The enterprise collaborates with a number of partner companies for this. Cooperation presently exist with Clariant International Ltd., among others that offer coating systems which allows surfaces to be cleaned more easily of unpleasant graffiti, for example. Additional partner enterprises include the FutureCarbon GmbH who develop, refine and produce carbon materials (carbon nano-tubes and nano-fibers) in line with the desired application in industry-relevant quantities; the Nano Tech Coatings GmbH whose nano-technological coating systems protect the surfaces of metals from corrosion and chemical or mechanical attacks as well as TitanPE Tech. (Shanghai) Inc., which develops and manufactures photo-catalysts. With the help of these and other partners, Inno-X offers products and services in the areas covering "materials", "coatings", "performance chemicals" and "surface examination". In addition, Inno-X supports the development of own new products based on nanotechnology. Inno-X customers can be found in the following sectors: Construction, automotive, electrical and electronics, energy and environment, plastics technology, machinery and equipment engineering and the paper industry. Inno-X currently has 2 employess (August 2010)

Nano Tech Coatings GmbH - Tholey


Team Nanotec develops and manufactures MEMS components for electron beam systems in the micro-and nanometer scale from the base materials silicon, silicon nitride, or molybdenum.

Tholey Founded in 2000, the Nano Tech Coatings GmbH (NTC) develops and manufactures coating materials which protect the treated surfaces from corrosion and mechanical attacks, or allow easy cleaning of these surfaces. The coatings possess dry film thicknesses of a few micrometers and adhere to various surfaces such as light alloys, stainless steel or concrete, for example. Besides the development and production of paints and paint systems, NTC supports customers from industry and contract coating with technical application support and customer specific product development. NTC's offer is directed at manufacturers and processors of materials who want to protect the surface of their materials or equip them with a certain function. The range does not limit itself to transparent layers, but also includes pigmented coatings. NTC currently has 15 employees (September 2010)

EMC microcollections GmbH - Tübingen


EMC microcollections works in the fields of deductive organic chemistry, peptide and protein chemistry as well as immunochemistry.

Tübingen Founded in 1996, EMC microcollections GmbH works in the fields of deductive organic chemistry, peptide and protein chemistry as well as immunochemistry. The company offers structurally variable "compound collections" for the development of therapeutics, peptide and peptidomimetic synthesis according to customer specifications as well as the production of biochemicals for basic research. The biotechnology enterprise’s research-focus lies in the areas of immunomodulation and nanobiotechnology. Currently (October 2010), the enterprise has about 22 employees, approximately 10 are Ph.D. chemists, biochemists or biologists

Aesculap AG - Tuttlingen | Melsungen


The focus of the Aesculap AG includes products and services for all surgical and other medically oriented core processes.

Tuttlingen - Melsungen Products and services for all surgical and core processes lie in the focus of the Aesculap AG. Founded in 1867 as an instrument workshop, Aesculap quickly developed into the world's largest manufacturer of surgical instruments. The Tuttlinger enterprise has been a division of the world's leading medical and pharmaceutical manufacturer B. Braun Melsungen AG for more than 30 years. The product range of the Aesculap division includes surgical instruments, implants with a primary focus on orthopedics, neuro and spinal surgery, surgical sutures, storage-, motor- and navigational systems as well as cardiological products. The diversified technology portfolio makes Aesculap a cooperation partner for surgeons of all disciplines. Aesculap is the second largest division in the B. Braun group with approximately 3,000 employees at the Tuttlingen site and about 9,000 employees located worldwide. The Aesculap Academy is also based in Tuttlingen as a forum for medical training and continuing education. | |

Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG - Tuttlingen


Storz is a developer and manufacturer of endoscopes, endoscopic instruments and medical equipment for diagnosis and therapy in human and veterinary medicine.

Tuttlingen The product range of Karl Storz GmbH & Co. KG includes rigid and flexible endoscopes, endoscopic instruments and medical equipment for the diagnosis and therapy in human and veterinary medicine. The assortment is enhanced by the production of endoscopes and instruments for industrial use. Endoscopes must meet various demands depending on the area of application. In human medicine, endoscopes and instruments should exhibit antimicrobial properties, and must withstand aggressive cleaning methods. High temperatures and pressure conditions designate the use in industrial endoscopy. Today's materials rarely meet the multiple combinations of surface requirements. Nanotechnology offers great solution potential in this regard. Today, the family business employs 4800 employees in 43 branch offices worldwide, of this 2000 in Tuttlingen. Karl Storz remains in constant dialogue with physicians, medical facilities and renowned research institutions

Team Nanotec GmbH - Villingen-Schwenningen


Team Nanotec develops and manufactures MEMS components for electron beam systems in the micro-and nanometer scale from the base materials silicon, silicon nitride, or molybdenum.

Villingen-Schwenningen Team Nanotec GmbH evolved in Böblingen from the IBM development laboratory in 1998. The company specializes in the development and ultra precise production of components in the micro and nanometer scale. Silicon, silicon nitride, or molybdenum stand in the focus as basic materials in this regard. Based on these metals, Team Nanotec produces MEMS-components for electron beam systems: aperture diaphragms, stencil membrane masks for calibrations and electron beam lithography, for example. In addition, the company supplies silicon tips for atomic force microscopes, a key tool for the mechanical scanning of surfaces and for measuring atomic forces in the nanometer scale. Atomic force microscopes are used in material science research and are used in the semiconductor manufacturing industry for quality control of micro chip surface structures. The enterprise is currently able to produce the smallest probing tip yet with a diameter of 15 nanometers. The Team Nanotec GmbH is located at the Institute for Micro- and Information Technology at Hahn-Schickard Association (HSG-IMIT)

MBE Komponenten GmbH - Weil der Stadt


MBE develops and manufactures technical equipment for research departments in science and industry.

Weil der Stadt MBE Komponenten GmbH develops and manufactures technical equipment for research in science and industry. The enterprise specializes in components and devices for the evaporation of substances contained within a vacuum, as well as the construction of ultra-high vacuum (UHV) systems, in particular for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and thin-film separation. MBE technology is used in the manufacture of optoelectronic semiconductor components, or in basic research of thin magnetic layers as well as epitaxially grown quantum structures. MBE-Komponenten has established a worldwide customer base and maintains local sales offices in the U.S. and Japan, among other locations. The enterprise seeks and maintains contact to the sciences within the scope of international MBE conferences

Freudenberg Forschungsdienste KG - Weinheim


FFD is active in the field of polymer materials as a research service provider, and is also a partner in the development and optimization of materials and procedures.

Weinheim Die Freudenberg Forschungsdienste KG includes working in the field of polymer materials as an active research service provider.The enterprise is a partner in new material development, optimization of existing materials and processes including their testing, analysis and assessment. Freudenberg is principally involved with the development and modification of nanofibers in filtration and purification applications, the refinement of products with the help of nanocoatings and the development and modification of nanoparticles for filler applications

SGL Group - Wiesbaden


SGL is a leading global manufacturer of carbon products.

Wiesbaden The SGL Group is a leading global manufacturer of carbon products. The company, founded as a merger between SIGRI/Germany and Great Lakes Carbon/USA in 1992 and an independent company since 1996, goes back to the Gebr. Siemens & Co (Gesco), which started its carbon production in 1878. The product portfolio extends from carbon and graphite products to carbon fibers, up to and including composite materials. The SGL Group's core competencies are the command of high-temperature technologies, as well as the use of longstanding applications and engineering expertise. This ensures that the broad enterprise material base will be exhausted. These carbon-based materials combine several unique material properties, such as electrical and thermal conductivity, heat and corrosion resistance, as well as high mechanical strength combined with low weight. The high-performance materials and products of the SGL Group are in increasing demand by the industries due to a paradigm shift in the use of materials. SGL Group products are used primarily in the steel, aluminum, automotive, chemical and glass/ceramics industry. Manufacturers in the semiconductor, solar, wind energy, battery/accumulator, environmental protection and air, aerospace and defense industries, as well as nuclear energy are among these customers, however. The SGL group is a globally oriented company, with 45 production sites in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as a service network in over 100 countries. In fiscal 2010, 6,300 employees generated sales of € 1.382 million. SGL Carbon SE shares are traded on exchanges worldwide and are included in the MDAX, MSCI Europe and MSCI World indexes, among others. (ISIN:DE0007235301)

EPG AG - Zweibrücken


EPG develops procedures and manufactures high-tech surfaces on metal components. Other business sectors include hygienic surfaces on metal and plastic, novel optical components as well as materials for the improvement of oil and gas production.

Zweibrücken Founded in 2003, EPG AG (Engineered nanoProducts Germany) AG focuses on the value creation chain of chemical nano and sol-gel techniques. The primary business areas are composed of nanotechnologies for high-tech surfaces on metal components in automotive engineering, of electrical appliances and in food technology. Other business sectors include hygienic surfaces on metal and plastic, novel optical components as well as materials for improving oil and gas production. EPG holds a comprehensive intellectual property portfolio in the areas of nano-and sol-gel technology. The enterprise offers custom design and manufacture of high-quality nanoproducts and applies surfaces to components in its own quality-assured high volume production on behalf of industrial clients. The metal is coated using materials with nanostructures. The final products - oven sintered and furnished with a glass-like surface - no longer receive nanostructures, however. EPG operates a production center in Henriville, Lothringen, where large quantities are achieved through automated wet coating by industrial robots for their own large-scale production of surfaces. Customers include mid-sized and large companies in Germany and Europe, as well as tech companies in Japan. EPG AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Entry Standard). They currently (as of June 2010) employ over 30 staff members