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The ECOMAT research and technology centre

Bremen's contribution to the key technology of lightweight construction

The ECOMAT research and technology centre, currently under construction in Airport-Stadt Bremen, brings together Bremen's existing commercial and research expertise in the field of lightweight materials. ECOMAT, the Centre for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies, is located in close proximity to Bremen airport and important industry partners. Soon, around 500 specialists in lightweight construction from business and science will be working together here under one roof.

ECOMAT - strong partners under one roof


Close proximity and joint projects speed up innovation processes, which are then applied across different sectors at an early stage of their development. The shared use of laboratory facilities and the technology centre represents another advantage. This saves costs and also makes it possible to collaborate on future investments.

Please see the company directory for an overview of ECOMAT partners.

The ECOMAT – facts and figures

  • Name: ECOMAT – Center for Eco-efficient Materials & Technologies
  • Concept: Research and technology centre for lightweight construction / innovative materials / surface technology
  • Project start: 2013/2014: Initial planning phase
  • Project implementation:
    2015: Detailed planning and invitations to tender
    Second quarter of 2016: Start of construction
    2016-2019: Construction
  • Milestones:
    18 December 2014: Airbus and Bremen sign memorandum of understanding
    8 April 2016: Official ground-breaking ceremony
    30 November 2016: Foundation-laying ceremony
    25 May 2018: Topping-out ceremony
  • Start of operations/completion: 26 April 2019/summer 2019
  • Location: Airport-Stadt Bremen, Cornelius Edzard Strasse 15, 28199 Bremen
  • Size:
    Net floor space: approx. 21,800m² (laboratories, technology centre and offices) on four floors
    consisting of approx. 11,500m² usable rental space
    and approx. 10,300m² of building service areas, circulation areas and communal space
  • Project partners | anchor tenants:
    Airbus Operations GmbH, TESTIA GmbH, Ariane Group, Bremen Fibre Institute (FIBRE) and German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    Other science and research tenants:
    Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM), Leibniz Institute for Materials Engineering (IWT)
    Other industry tenants:
    Further tenancy agreements are currently under negotiation.
    Project partners (in particular SMEs) can also rent temporary office space when working on projects.
  • Investment volume: approx. €73 million
  • Finance: The investor is WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH (Bremeninvest); the project will be refinanced through letting
  • Additional information: Since the start of the planning phase, projects and communal activities have actively encouraged the establishment of networks and collaboration between the partners at the centre and in the surrounding area of Bremen, ensuring that things can get off to a flying start once the ECOMAT is completed.

ECOMAT technology profile


The ECOMAT partners are dedicated to interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration in the key technology of lightweight construction. This approach involves observing and analysing technologies as a system, from an application-focused perspective. Lightweight construction entails making the most efficient and effective use of materials, as well as developing new materials. That means carrying out research into topics such as how to design products and segments – through the integration of new material properties, the convergence of materials and sensors, and building methods which are better suited to the materials – and then applying the results in practice. The focus on application also extends to the associated processes, and to incorporating the technological findings into production techniques.

A long-term partnership established within the context of the technology centre offers added value by facilitating technical discussions and through an understanding of scientific and commercial requirements. It also provides synergies in the areas of teaching and training. The results derived from R&D activities flow into future products and applications. They also make it possible to identify future requirements for skills training and staffing levels, which can be met by Bremen's business and research community.

ECOMAT – infrastructure for Bremen


By 2019, the ECOMAT research and technology centre will provide around 22,000 square metres (gross) of office, technology centre and laboratory space for around 500 employees. Following several years of planning, the ground-breaking ceremony on 8 April 2016 marked the start of ECOMAT's implementation phase.

The property developer for ECOMAT is H.A.G.E. Grundstücksverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bremeninvest. ECOMAT is being built with approximately €58 million of loan financing, without any direct public subsidies.

ECOMAT – coordination of activities


ECOMAT is launched! Joint R&D projects and cooperations are realized by the ECOMAT partners. The full array of tools and services from Bremeninvest and Bremen's development bank (Bremer Aufbau-Bank) are available to support innovative projects, in particular ones from SMEs in Bremen. More on funding and support options

As part of its coordination of ECOMAT, the State of Bremen supports the ECOMAT partners in applying for development projects, organises workshops and events, represents the ECOMAT and its partners at trade fairs and conferences, and keeps the network partners up to date through newsletters.

The Senator for Economy, Labour and Europe of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen is responsible for coordinating the activities of the ECOMAT partners and the network. As part of the Bremen Operative ERDF Program the Senator works in close cooperation with WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH and the innovation portal ECOMAT e.V..

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Bastian Müller

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Ports

ECOMAT project manager

P +49 (0) 421 361-32292


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16 January 2020
50 years of the Bremen Fibre Institute

Fibre composites have become a permanent fixture in everyday life. The Bremen Fibre Institute (FIBRE) has been working on these materials for five decades, and has gained another strong partner this year in the form of the ECOMAT research centre.

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Firmen und Institute im EcoMaT

Airbus Operations GmbH
Airbusallee 1
28199 Bremen
Dr. Hubertus Lohner
P 0421 / 538 5826
Altran Deutschland S.A.S. & Co. KG
Luft- u. Raumfahrt
Airbus-Allee 3
28199 Bremen
Dr. Anne Witt
P +49 170 6329839
Luft- u. Raumfahrt
Airbus-Allee 1
28199 Bremen
Luft- u. Raumfahrt
Fahrenheitstr. 1
28359 Bremen
Frau Christine Schlenker
P 0421 / 22 08 275
F 0421 / 22 08 150
BK Werkstofftechnik – Prüfstelle für Werkstoffe GmbH
Zur Aumundwiese 2
28279 Bremen
Dipl.-Ing. Stephan Müller
P 0421 / 43828 0
F 0421 / 43828 18
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz (DFKI) GmbH
Robert-Hooke-Straße 5
28359 Bremen
Prof. Dr. Frank Kirchner
P 0421 / 178 454 100
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt e.V.
Luft- u. Raumfahrt
Linder Höhe
51147 Köln
Dr.-Ing. Gerrit von Borries
P +49 (2203) 601-0
F&E Technologiebroker Bremen GmbH
Wiener Straße 12
28359 Bremen
Dr. Michael Wolf
P 0421 / 2246640
Faserinstitut Bremen e.V.
Am Biologischen Garten 2
28359 Bremen
Prof. Dr. Axel Herrmann
P 0421 / 218 58700
Fraunhofer-Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung IFAM
Wiener Straße 12
28359 Bremen
Martina Ohle
P +49 421 2246-256
F +49 421 2246-300
InnoWi GmbH
wirtschaftsnahe Dienstleistungen
Fahrenheitstr. 1
28359 Bremen
Herr Dr. Jens Hoheisel
P 0421/9600-70
F 0421/9600-750
ISEMP - Airbus-Stiftungsprofessur für Integrative Simulation und Engineering von Materialien und Prozessen
Am Fallturm 1
28359 Bremen
Prof. Dr.-Ing Vasily Ploshikhin
P 0421 / 218 623
F 0421 / 218 62770