From concept to company:
the HYCONNECT story.
Environmental protection and efficiency are becoming increasingly important to the shipbuilding sector – and hence also to the field of lightweight construction. For this to become truly widespread, however, the right joining method is needed. And so the concept of a hybrid joining solution made of wire mesh is born.
Inspired by nautical splicing, we develop a “hybrid stitch bonded fabric” made of steel and composites and name it FAUSST.
Together with our Swedish partners Scania and Blatraden, we carry out the first successful welding tests.
Our concept is very well received in the maritime sector. A funding application for FAUSST is submitted and it is approved by the technology and science committee.
Thanks to funding support from Germany‘s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German industrial cooperative-research body (IGF), the FAUSST project gets underway.
At Comez in Italy, industrial production of the FAUSST fabric is successfully tested.
Production of the first components made with FAUSST.
In collaboration with our partner Saertex, FAUSST is presented at the “JEC” trade show, the world’s largest trade show for composites.
The FAUSST project concludes with a successful method for joining steel and glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GRP). A patent application is filed directly.
HYCONNECT GmbH is founded to develop FAUSST further for industrial use.
Further work on FAUSST is carried out in cooperation with the Naval Group.
HYCONNECT granted InnoRampUp funding from the city of Hamburg.
“FAUSST is an exciting way for composite materials to ‘cooperate’ with steel. We look forward to the next level.“
Tord Gustafsson, CTO of Podcomp AB
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