Share development costs by cooperating with the IHD
Jointly generate innovations – Together with businesses in the wood industry, the IHD and EPH materialise widely-varying joint projects regarding
- the development of novel products and processes,
- the reduction in production costs,
- the reduction in material used,
- the testing of applying alternative materials,
- the increase of quality and
- the minimisation of waste or complaints.
Thereby, joint project work follows two principles – sharing costs and risk and joining forces.
Share the development risk and costs and clearly reduce them
Fundraising out of public grants provided by the Free State of Saxony, by the Federal Republic and by the European Community for IHD’s partners in the industry and the crafts for the purpose of sharing costs of funding R&D projects is part of the daily business of the IHD staff and management. At a scope of research of more than 40 publicly funded projects per year, the IHD ranks among Germany’s major industrial research institutes. The research projects are tuned to the demand of the industry, with our active involvement in their planning and execution.
The Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand/Central Innovation Programme for SME (ZIM) of the BMWi/Federal Mistry for Economic Affairs and Technology is an essential instrument in processing projects jointly with small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). This program offers opportunities to SME to develop novel products, processes and services by making use of IHD’s research capacity and by having the development expenditure co-funded out of the programme’s funds. To that end, the IHD supports and advises those businesses at all levels of applying for incentives.
Joining forces and developing synergies
The IHD is an active partner in national and European associations and networks. Eventually, IHD’s collaboration with numerous national, European and also international standardisation committees allows the institute to take an active part in drafting standards and guidelines and to push forward their harmonisation with the industry’s interests.