Dr. Lars Molter
Dr. Lars MolterCEO
Ulrike Brase
Ulrike BraseMarketing & Administration
René Schönberg
René SchönbergProject Engineer Composites
Alexander Dumpies
Alexander DumpiesProject Engineer Welding

From concept to company:

the HYCONNECT story.

  • 2013

    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.

  • 2014

    Inspired by nautical splicing, we develop a “hybrid stitch bonded fabric” made of steel and composites and name it FAUSST.

  • 01/2015

    Together with our Swedish partners Scania and Blatraden, we carry out the first successful welding tests.

  • 04/2015

    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.

  • 02/2016

    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. 

  • 10/2016

    At Comez in Italy, industrial production of the FAUSST fabric is successfully tested. 

  • 06/2017

    Production of the first components made with FAUSST. 

  • 03/2018

    In collaboration with our partner Saertex, FAUSST is presented at the “JEC” trade show, the world’s largest trade show for composites.

  • 04/2018

    The FAUSST project concludes with a successful method for joining steel and glass-fibre-reinforced plastic (GRP). A patent application is filed directly.

  • 05/2018

    HYCONNECT GmbH is founded to develop FAUSST further for industrial use. 

  • 07/2018

    Further work on FAUSST is carried out in cooperation with the Naval Group.

  • 09/2018

    HYCONNECT granted InnoRampUp funding from the city of Hamburg. 

  • 03/2019

    Production start of the new FAUSST variant at Comez in Milan

  • 06/2019

    Hyconnect wins with FAUSST the 2nd prize of the Innovation Award at the Composite Convention of CFK Valley e.V. and Carbon Composites e.V.

  • 11/2019

    FAUSST wins the 2019 Otto von Guericke Award of the AiF

  • 05/2020

    New joining technologies for maritime lightweight construction: HyFiVE research project launched

  • 08/2020

    Granting of the European patent for our joining technology

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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