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Review: MicroMountains Innovation Forum 2011: Networking - Motor for Innovation

The third MicroMountains Innovation Forum, held in Villingen-Schwenningen on 2nd February 2011, focused exclusively on microtechnologies. In cooperation with the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the MicroMountains network provided around 160 participants with insights into the application of microtechnologies in the fields of medical, measurement and automotive technologies as well as giving them the opportunity to exchange experiences.

Speaker at a speaker's desk © IHK Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg

With a major focus on networking, this year’s forum once again brought together leading figures from science and industry in the microsystems technology sector. The forum focused on the ongoing move towards miniaturisation in different areas, from the automotive to the medical sector. One of the medical technology projects presented dealt with the development of new micropumps used in diabetes and hydrocephalus patients, enabling them to lead a safer and more comfortable life. Dr. Hans-Joachim Crawack from the Potsdam-based medical technology company Miethke pointed out that current developments have certain limits in terms of mechanics. Dr. Harald Stallforth saw major potential for the application of microtechnology in the field of surgery, which is one of the major strengths of the medical technology sector in the Tuttlingen area.

In order to identify what is mechanically and physically feasible, the selection of appropriate materials is becoming more and more important. The event therefore also addressed the issue of innovative material processing techniques. New ceramics and laser processing techniques are likely to open up previously unimagined design and miniaturisation options.

Germany’s southwest will be a microtechnology leader in 2020

MicroMountains Innovation Forum participants exchanging experiences © IHK Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg

In cooperation with the Schwarzwald-Baar-Heuberg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other partners, the MicroMountains Innovation Forum is an effective platform for bringing research and industry closer together. The MicroTec Südwest cluster has won the Cutting-Edge Cluster Competition of the German Ministry of Education and Research, providing it with an injection of 40 million euros over the next few years. Dr. Christine Neuy, manager of MicroTec Südwest, pointed out that this award will contribute to an excellent future for microtechnology. The Innovation Forum makes an important contribution to this success. Against the background of the current upswing, Ernst Burgbacher, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the German Ministry of Economics who is also in charge of SME policy measures, called on companies to make use of the technology transfer opportunities offered by the Innovation Forum.

The next Innovation Forum will be held in Tuttlingen on 19th October 2011 and will focus on medical technology.

Further information:
MicroMountains Network e.V.
Romäusring 4
78050 Villingen-Schwenningen
Marcel Trogisch
Tel.: +49 (0)7721 922-207
Fax: +49 (0)7721 922-182
E-mail: trogisch(at)villingen-schwenningen.ihk.de

Website address: https://www.gesundheitsindustrie-bw.de/en/article/press-release/review-micromountains-innovation-forum-2011-networking-motor-for-innovation