Schaeffler is a new “anchor partner” to the Stuttgart-based STARTUP AUTOBAHN innovation platform. This platform brings established companies and startups together with the objective of developing new technologies and bringing them to market readiness more rapidly. As an anchor partner, Schaeffler is establishing a network together with various startups that spans the company’s innovation clusters: “Hydrogen and Energy Transition”, “Electric and Automated Mobility”, “Robotics and IoT”, “Bearing Technologies”, “Material and Surface Science”, and “Artificial Intelligence”.
STARTUP AUTOBAHN, which was founded in 2016 and now includes more than 30 partners, offers a network of 30,000 startups. Since the platform was established, more than 320 pilot projects have been developed. In addition to its headquarters in Stuttgart, the network also has locations in China, India and Singapore. Schaeffler brings over seven decades of expertise in motion and mobility to the table. It is clear that their diverse product and system portfolio will enable valuable opportunities to startups. In collaboration with startups, OEM’s and other partners new ideas and technologies can be developed to the next level for implementation into new services, products and processes.
Managers and experts from Schaeffler’s specialist departments select the appropriate startups based on the innovation clusters. Pilot projects are then collaboratively developed and, in the next stage, presented to a wide audience at the twice-annual Expo Day event. The subsequent objective is to work together in the continued development of these pilot projects to achieve market readiness.
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