“Bremen has a long tradition of working together and collaborating on research and development. This is what provides a solid foundation for ECOMAT, which is not only set to become an integral part of the aerospace industry in northern Germany but also represents a milestone in the evolution of materials research,” said Martin Günthner, Senator for Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports on Friday (26 April 2019) at the opening ceremony of the Center for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies in Airport-Stadt Bremen. He was joined by Michael Göbel, Managing Director of Bremeninvest, as he handed over the ceremonial key to Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus.
The company is the anchor tenant in the new research and development centre, which will focus on new developments in the key areas of lightweight construction, innovative materials and surface technologies. “The ECOMAT fits perfectly into the research strategy at Airbus. 300 Airbus employees will be working under one roof with our partners in science and industry to conduct research into the future of flying, new materials, working methods and processes,” said Jean-Brice Dumont.
“Bremen has traditionally fostered a close collaboration with our partners in science and industry, and this has now found a home in the ECOMAT. The centre is synonymous with close collaboration, straightforward coordination and faster introduction of new materials in the aerospace sector. It underlines Bremen’s importance to research, development and innovation at Airbus,” added Imke Langhorst, head of the Airbus site in Bremen.