As an innovative high-tech engineering firm, Manz has entered into numerous partnerships with renowned research institutes, universities, colleges, and schools.
Institute for Photovoltaics (ipv) at the University of Stuttgart and University of Konstanz
In our partnerships with the Institute for Photovoltaics at the University of Stuttgart and with the University of Konstanz’s Physics (Photovoltaics) department, the focus is on developing new processes that Manz subsequently implements on an industrial scale. In addition, the properties of solar cells are characterized and simulated in these partnerships
Baden-Württemberg Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW)
Among other things, the ZSW in Stuttgart conducts materials research and material development for thin-film technologies and is a long-term strategic and development partner of Manz’s “Solar” division. It assists Manz’s development team by conducting specific layer characterizations and other testing procedures. The major foundations of Manz’s CIGS fab and the processes used by Manz CIGS Technology GmbH’s location in Schwäbisch Hall were developed at the ZSW. Manz works with the ZSW within the scope of publicly funded research projects (including those funded by the EU and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment/German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) either bilaterally or with other industrial and research partners.
In addition, Manz has entered into a partnership with the ZSW in Ulm for the purpose of manufacturing high-energy batteries in a highly efficient and affordable process, particularly high-performance flat cells (pouch cells), such as those needed in large quantities for coming applications using powerful energy storage media. Manz is also part of a leading-edge cluster of organizations from Baden-Württemberg which is implementing the process along the entire value chain of a lithium-ion battery cell using a powerful reference cell – from the raw material and the coatings for the substrates to the completed, formed cell. In this context, the ZSW conducts material analyses and evaluations and Manz analyzes the process steps.
Besides that, the ZSW Ulm and Manz have entered into a strategic partnership with the goal of demonstrating Manz’s processes and ideas on real cells – and with the help of the ZSW, studying and testing these cells in comparison to a reference system.
Reutlingen University: Industrial Partnerships for Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering and International Project Engineering
Together with other companies from around the region, Manz participates in the Industrial Partnerships with Reutlingen University’s Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering and International Project Engineering departments. The key component of these partnerships is supporting “Industrial Partner Scholarships”. In addition to receiving financial aid, the students also establish valuable contacts within the company, take part in periodic excursions, and have the opportunity to work on projects focused on current topics at the partner companies. As a result of these partnerships, Manz gains access to highly qualified young engineers and also benefits from the top-level partnership with the university – representatives from the participating partner companies are members of the so-called “industry advisory committees”. Furthermore, the Industrial Partnership Forums are held annually at the University of Reutlingen, where Manz has the opportunity to present the company to students and provide them with information on available internships, student jobs, or topics they can select for the final project.
IHK Reutlingen: Business Sets Standards
As part of the “Business Sets Standards” campaign by the Reutlingen Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Manz has entered into an educational partnership with the Pliezhausen secondary school. The goal of this partnership is to help the school’s students in their selection of a career. Working with the school, Manz offers a variety of projects in this context, including a career choice workshop (for industrial business administration and mechatronics engineering) and a technical work group (in metalworking) for students in the eighth and ninth grades. The goal of these workshops is to give the students the opportunity to gain initial professional experience, try out a career that requires business and technical vocational training, and to prepare them for making a well-founded career choice.