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FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH is the research subsidiary of the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. FOTEC has been founded in 1998 and acts as an innovative high-tech research company with numerous partnerships with industry, universities and research institutes worldwide. Since October 2011 FOTEC is certified according to ISO 9001.
At FOTEC, the department Engineering Technologies operates a modern and state-of-the-art laboratory for additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metals and polymers and a laboratory for powder injection molding (PIM) of metallic (MIM) and ceramic (CIM) parts. Within REProMag, the department brings its competencies in part and product development, their associated manufacturing processes, as well as in component and material characterisation.

We spoke with Helmut Loibl, CEO of FOTEC:

How did you come to hear about the project REProMag? What convinced you to get involved?

Carlo Burkhardt, the future coordinator of REProMag came to visit FOTEC as he has read about our PIM activities with magnets on our website. We discussed possibilities of a joint project and somehow, this has been the start of the REProMag proposal writing.

Which advantages are there for your organisation in REProMag?

It is obvious that such an ambitious approach can only be successful if many different organisations cooperate and bring in their specific expertise. FOTEC is a small research organisation and networking is one of our key success factors.

Is REProMag your first H2020 project? Your feedback on the project: Are you satisfied with it, would you do something differently if you could start again at day one?

FOTEC has been involved in EC projects since FP6. In FP6 FOTEC has contributed to 1 project, in FP7 to 5 projects and coordinated 1 of these. In H2020 FOTEC contributes to 2 projects, so far. From our actual point of view we are satisfied with the overall organisation and course of the project. And yes, we are very much interested in contributing to further H2020 projects and we would recommend the programme to other oragnisations as well.

Helmut Loibl holds a diploma degree in precision, systems and information engineering as well as a Master degree in industrial engineering. Since 2012 he is the CEO of FOTEC, the research subsidiary of the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.

Thomas Schlauf holds a Master degree in industrial engineering. Since 2004 he is a researcher at FOTEC. His major competences are in the fields of injection moulding, 3D printing and part and material analysis.