Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher
Professor, Director
Manfred-Weck-Haus 213
Tel.: +49 241 80-27407
Fax: +49 241 80-22293


Claudia Pelzer
Cluster Produktionstechnik 3A 442
Tel.: +49 241 80-25322
Fax: +49 241 80-22293


Research Area
Cluster of Excellence


Success for the Cluster of Excellence 'Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries'

The WZL and the production engineering institutes of the RWTH Aachen University appreciate the decision to fund the Cluster of Excellence Excellence Cluster "Integrative production technology for high-wage countries". With this extensive funding the German government acknowledges and emphasizes the importance of local production for national economics and employment. It furthermore hands over the responsibility to Aachen University's researchers for finding solutions meeting today's challenges of developing sustainable and globally competitive production technologies for high-wage countries.

Within the Cluster of Excellence (CoE) on "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries" more than 30 professors from the different domains including engineering, materials, mathematics, economics, and psychology and their interdisciplinary teams search for solutions to enable companies to successfully produce in high-wage countries.

Production is a "hidden champion" in its contribution to the welfare and social stability of industrial, developed high-wage countries. Over 30 % of the total workforce in Europe depends on production. To a growing extent, production is facing ever increasing external pressure caused by global megatrends that infer economic, ecologic and social challenges with high dynamics.

The CoE is now facing the task of combining and enhancing the results of the first funding period to a discipline-spanning holistic theory of production while incorporating ecologic and social boundary conditions. By doing so, the established CoE is accomplishing a paradigm change in the way production is researched, thus providing the means to meet the global challenges production in high-wage countries is facing today.

With the Cluster of Excellence Aachen University's research institutes in production engineering have created the "Aachen House of Integrative Production Technology" as a virtual competence centre that bundles the comprehensive knowledge and experience in the various domains of production available in Aachen facilitates the cooperation between industry and research.