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Transfer of technology
and cooperation

Training highly qualified skilled personnel contributes to supporting and developing the competences in the plastics sector.

Transfer of technology and cooperation

The innovative and specialised tertiary education clearly demonstrates the regional and supra-regional orientation of close cooperation between science and economy, above all in the plastics sector.

Hochschule Ansbach [Ansbach University of Applied Sciences]

In the course of studies “Business Administration and Engineering”, Hochschule Ansbach o ers the special focus
“Plastics Engineering” to promote the application-oriented education of junior staff in close cooperation with local companies.

As a result of the practically oriented education, the number of students in the Department of Engineering at
Hochschule Ansbach is continuously rising. This is why a new modular course “Plastics Engineering” is now being
offered in the course of studies “Applied Engineering Sciences” which is designed for students with a stronger focus on technology.

Subjects in the course “Plastics Engineering”:
- Chemistry and physics of polymers
- Tool construction
- Production and preparation of plastics
- Processing of plastics (e.g. injection moulding, extruding)
- Plastic joining and surface techniques
- Polymer mechatronics
- Polymer information systems

Hochschule Ansbach
Course of studies “Business Administration and Engineering”,
focus “Plastics Engineering”
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hermann Kirchhöfer, phone: +49(0)981 4877-269
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulf Emmerich, phone: +49(0)981 4877-257
Prof. Dr. Hans-Achim Reimann, phone: +49(0)981 4877-307


Staatliche Berufsschule [vocational school] Rothenburg o.d.T – Dinkelsbühl

The specialised branch of schooling for the dual education in process engineering for plastics and rubber engineering in the administrative districts of Central Franconia and Swabia is located at the Dinkelsbühl site of the vocational school Rothenburg o.d.T. – Dinkelsbühl. At present, around 580 trainees are being educated, most of them live in Dinkelsbühl during the training period.

Students of plastics engineering benefi t from highly qualified teachers and extensive technical equipment for
plastics processing and treatment. The school staff entertain close relations to the training companies and chambers of industry.

Main topics in the first and second year of vocational training:
- Shaped parts
- Production of compounds and master batches
- Semi-finished material
- Multi-layer rubber parts
- Components
- Fibre compound technology
- Plastic windows

Main topics in the third year of vocational training:
- Shaped parts
- Production of compounds and master batches
- Semi-finished material
- Plastic windows

Staatliche Berufsschule Rothenburg o.d.T – Dinkelsbühl
Rothenburg site:
OStD Dr. F. Nichterlein
Bezoldweg 32, 91541 Rothenburg o.d.T
phone: +49(0)9861 976690, fax: +49(0)9861 9766950

Dinkelsbühl site:
OStR Thomas Paus
Nördlinger Str. 22, 91550 Dinkelsbühl
phone: +49(0)9851 58972-0, fax: +49(0)9851 58972-150


Maschinenbauschule [school for mechanical engineering] Ansbach

For more than a hundred years, Maschinenbauschule Ansbach, a group of schools for initial and advanced
vocational training, has educated and trained mechanics and engineers in mechanical engineering.

The future professional career deserves careful consideration. This is why we offer internships providing early insights into practical work and one’s own competences and skills.

Maschinenbauschule Ansbach has a strong reputation as a practically orientated talent bench for engineers which combines traditional mechanical engineering with modern technology and team spirit.

Maschinenbauschule Ansbach
Jürgen Efinger, director
Eyber Str. 73, 91522 Ansbach
phone: +49(0)981 97098-0,
fax: +49(0)981 97098-60


Staatlich anerkannte Fachschule für Kunststofftechnik und Faserverbundtechnologie [stateapproved technical school for plastics technology and fibre composite technology] Weißenburg

Professional training to become a “state-certified plastics engineer” is a further qualifi cation open to applicants
having completed vocational training or possessing several years of professional experience in a relevant sector.

Once they have passed their fi nal state examination, plastics engineers assume a key role in developing, design, planning, preparation, production and manufacturing technology as well as quality assurance and take on leading positions in areas such as staff management, cost-effectiveness and environmentallyfriendly resource management.

Even during their four-year vocational training alongside work, our students impressively demonstrate that the
motto “Not speed but perseverance wins the race” holds true – looking back on more than 20 years of vocational education we can confirm that those who have completed our school are very much in demand in the plastics

Staatlich anerkannte Fachschule für Kunststofftechnik und Faserverbundtechnologie Weißenburg
Gabriele Olschok, Wiesenstr. 28, 91781 Weißenburg
phone: +49(0)9141 8633-0, fax: +49(0) 9141 8633-65


kunststoffcampus bayern

kunststoffcampus bayern was founded in 2015 and comprises a technology centre and a study centre. Both serve for research and development in plastics industry as well as for further professional education and teaching.

The campus is based on an association formed by Hochschule Ansbach and Technische Hochschule Deggendorf in cooperation with the district Landkreis Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen and the city of Weißenburg.

The technology centre’s competences and high-grade equipment are available to regional and supra-regional companies for research projects as well as for joint use of metrological and laboratory procedures and installations.

At present, the main focus is on advancement of production techniques, functionalisation and modification of plastic surfaces, use of plasma technology, climate laboratory for tests at up to 40°C below zero, dynamic movement studies with climate control systems (Stewart hexapod), testing new materials, sustainable plastic technologies, quality techniques, rapid prototyping and design.

The study centre offers two bachelor courses, “Applied Plastics Engineering” and “Strategic Management”, which
can be completed alongside full-time work. Moreover, individual certifi cate degrees can be obtained in modular
study offers or seminars.

kunststoffcampus bayern
Technology and study centre Weißenburg
Richard-Stücklen-Str. 3, 91781 Weißenburg i. Bay.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. (USA) Christian Wilisch
General technical director
phone +49(0)9141 874669-210


SKZ - The plastics centre

For more than 50 years, SKZ has offered competent technology transfer services for the entire plastics industry
and the sectors it supplies (automotive, construction, leisure, medical technology, etc.).

More than 300 employees use state-of-the-art equipment for their work in research and development, testing
(examination, enhancement, surveillance and certification of plastic products), training and further education of
specialists and executives as well as certifi cation of management systems.

SKZ is the world’s largest plastics institute and sees itself as a partner for the plastics industry providing comprehensive competences relating to the entire system. With more than 600 courses per year – including the Industriemeister Kunststoff-Kautschuk [bachelor professional of plastics and rubber] qualification – SKZ is the market leader when it comes to transfer of knowledge in the field of plastics.

SKZ is a type A inspection body accredited as per DIN EN ISO/IEC 17020 which monitors 900 plastics products made by more than 400 companies throughout the world. It is a recognized testing body for a variety of construction products as per DIBt and also has a test laboratory accredited as per DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.

SKZ – The plastics centre
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Bastian
Frankfurter Str. 15-17, 97082 Würzburg
phone: +49(0)931 4104-0, fax: +49(0)931 4104-277,


IHK-AnwenderClub [user club of the Chamber of Commerce] “New Materials” and “Non-destructive Material Testing”

The IHK-AnwenderClubs “New Materials” and “Nondestructive Material Testing” promote contact between suppliers, uses and developers from the plastics industry and enable the exchange of experience and information.

In regular meetings, new technologies and trends are introduced by speakers from research and development. The members of the club, too, present their own competences as well as current and future tasks and challenges in lectures and discussions.

IHK-AnwenderClubs “New Materials” and “Non-destructive Material Testing”
Dr. rer. nat. Elfriede Eberl
Ulmenstr. 52, 90443 Nuremberg
phone: +49(0)911 1335-431
fax: +49(0)911 1335-150122