17 11, 2019

Fibre composite and steel – Innovation FAUSST from Hamburg wins AiF Otto von Guericke Prize 2019


HYCONNECT wins AiF Otto von Guericke Prize 2019



Hamburg, November 2019


A quarter of all CO2 emissions worldwide are generated in the transport sector. The use of construction parts made of fibre-reinforced plastics is a clever solution to the emission problem, because the materials offer very good mechanical properties at low weight. The use of lightweight materials in vehicle construction thus helps to reduce CO2 emissions in the transport industry. One problem, however, is the combination of fiber composites with steel components. In the absence of better possibilities, these materials are still either bonded or bolted today. The calculation and test phase of the components alone cost so much time that designers often continue to rely on pure steel structures. In shipbuilding, this poses a major problem, because in this industry all parts are produced individually. As a result, costs rise enormously.


FAUSST connects reliably

The solution to this problem has now been found by three scientists within the framework of a research project conducted by the AiF member Center of Maritime Technologies e.V. (CMT) coordinated project of the Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung (IGF): Dr. Lars Molter and Dr. Rafael Luterbacher-Mus, both at the CMT in Hamburg until 2018, together with Dr. Rigo Peters from the Schweißtechnische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt Mecklenburg-Vorpommern GmbH (SLV M-V), developed the FAUSST technology (fiber composite and steel standard connection). This makes it possible for the first time to firmly and securely join composite fibre components and steel components using a hybrid knitted fabric without any mechanical securing. The structures connected in this way also meet the most demanding requirements in vehicle and ship construction as well as in aerospace. For their achievements, the researchers were today awarded the Otto von Guericke Prize of the AiF in Berlin. The prize is awarded once a year for outstanding achievements in the field of IGF and is endowed with 10,000 euros. The pre-competitive IGF is organized in the innovation network of the AiF and its 100 research associations and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) with public funds.

Three components for FAUSST

“Our goal was to develop a hybrid connection technology for different requirements in shipbuilding. We managed to do that,” says Molter happily. “Comparisons between adhesive joining in shipbuilding and FAUSST technology show their high potential: The process time is up to 50 percent faster and even operations that would otherwise be too complex and time-consuming can be implemented with FAUSST. In addition, the new technology can be easily integrated into existing process chains”. Molter’s colleague Luterbacher-Mus describes the structure of the FAUSST connector. “It consists of three components: A pure metal part, a hybrid part and a glass part that are woven together and welded to a metallic semi-finished product. This allows fiber composites to be welded securely, firmly and conventionally to metallic structures. Peters of SLV M-V adds: “We have investigated FAUSST in extensive test series. The results achieved have exceeded the requirements of the industry. This is mainly due to the fact that we were also able to use classic welding processes compared to bonding,” explains the researcher.


“FAUSST represents exactly the connection option that meets the market and the customer’s requirements,” concludes Jörg Bünker from Saertex GmbH und Co. KG in Saerbeck. “Finally, we can safely combine classic construction materials such as steel or metals with new composite materials”. As an industrial partner in the project committee, the company was involved in today’s award-winning project.


Start-up founded – transfer successful

For Thomas Ketelhohn, Managing Director of the CMT, FAUSST is “a prime example of the frequently demanded transfer of research results from science to industry”. In addition to a patent application, Hyconnect GmbH was founded in Hamburg in June 2018 to further develop FAUSST for industrial use. So far, five industrial companies have been won through the transfer measures, which have FAUSST project for their applications.


About the AiF

The working group of industrial research associations “Otto von Guericke” e.V. is the research network for the German middle class. It promotes research, transfer and innovation. As the umbrella association of 100 non-profit research associations with more than 50,000 integrated companies and 1,200 participating research institutes, it makes an important contribution to sustainably strengthening the competitiveness of Germany’s economy. The AiF, as a non-profit association, organises joint industrial research and, via AiF Projekt GmbH and AiF F∙T∙K GmbH, its wholly-owned subsidiaries, manages other public funding programmes. In 2018, the AiF invested around 475 million euros in public funding. Since its foundation in 1954, it has channelled around 12 billion euros in public funding into new developments and innovations and initiated more than 235,000 research projects.

Foto and Text by AiF

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17 11, 2019

Start-Up Hyconnect wins the Hamburg Reeperbahn Pitch


Northern Germany’s most renowned start-up pitch has a winner: Hyconnect!



Hamburg, November 2019


This year’s winner of the start-up pitch in Hamburg is Hyconnect. This was decided in front of an audience of over 900 international investors, company and media representatives by a prominent jury of experts. With an innovative connecting element called “FAUSST”, Hyconnect brings lightweight construction material further into application and change entire industries. Together with steel and aluminium, this opens up completely new possibilities.

Thus the Hamburg start-up Hyconnect convinced the five-member expert jury with Horst von Buttlar (Editor-in-Chief of Capital), Astrid Quentell (Managing Director, Sony Pictures), Veronika Reichboth (Director Startup-Unit, Hamburg Invest), Neil Minocha (Business Development, SXSW) and Cornel Wisskirchen (Regional Director Northern Germany, Deutsche Bank).

“It is a great honour and a huge opportunity for us to make our innovation internationally known,” said founder and shipbuilding engineer Dr. Lars Molter. Hyconnect prevailed against five other start-ups and is now travelling with the Hamburg delegation to the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW).


Photo: Hamburg Start-Ups

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18 10, 2019

Study of Adhesive Technologies in Ship Manufacturing


Hyconnect Contributes to Study of Adhesive Technologies in Ship Manufacturing



Hamburg, October 2019


Hybrid structures made of metal and lightweight materials such as fibre-reinforced plastics (FRP) open up new potentials in shipbuilding. Appropriate joining technologies are required for their implementation; in addition to the FAUSST system, these include bonding. The study carried out should increase the use of bonded joints and bring the greatest possible benefit for the entire maritime industry.
The six-month study was awarded by the “Deutsches Maritimes Zentrum” (DMZ) to the Center of Maritime Technologies (CMT) in cooperation with Hyconnect. The results will show necessary steps to further establish bonding technology in shipbuilding. At the end of the study in March 2020, the results will be presented to the public and discussed at a specialist event.
The study compares the state of the art and science with current practical applications and establishes a common basis. The analysis takes into account regulations, norms and standards and thus enables a better assessment of the current regulatory situation, classification possibilities and future rule developments. When examining practical applications, the manufacturing, operational and safety challenges associated with the use of bonded joints are considered. The research needs identified in this context will close existing knowledge gaps in the use of bonding technologies in the maritime sector in the future. The results are recorded in a reference catalogue, which provides a quick overview of current areas of application for bonding technologies.
At the beginning of the study, a specialist group will be set up to include companies and institutions from the shipbuilding, inland shipbuilding and boatbuilding sectors as well as suppliers, classification societies and research institutions. Thus, the study ensures a high practical relevance and reflects the current status of bonding technologies and all relevant aspects. Members of the working group “Kleben im Schiffbau – KIS” as well as the contents developed there will also be involved.

For further information please contact us or the Center of Maritime Technologies e.V. under the keyword “Adhesive Study”.

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1 10, 2019

HYCONNECT at the Reeperbahn Startup Pitch 2019


HYCONNECT is among the finalists of the Reeperbahn Startup Pitch 2019



Hamburg, October 2019


HYCONNECT was chosen among the six finalists for the Reeperbahn StartUp Pitch 2019. Young, innovative companies from all over the world present their products at Hamburg’s most famous mile at the biggest startup competition in the North. Around 800 guests, including investors, corporates and stars of the digital and media industry, will gather in the sophisticated Mojo Club on 7 November 2019. This event is organised by Hamburg Startups. More information at reeperbahn-pitch.com and nomination for Reeperbahn Startup Pitch.


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26 08, 2019

FAUSST wins Innovation Award


FAUSST wins Innovation Award



Hamburg, 12. June 2019


At this year’s “Composite Convention” with over 450 participants, the FAUSST technology was able to convince the jury and was awarded with the second prize of the Innovation Award. During the event in Stade, the 3000 € award was handed to CEO Dr. Lars Molter by representatives of CFK Valley e.V., Carbon Composites e.V. and the City of Stade. This means that the technology originally developed for the maritime sector has now also been visibly recognised in other sectors. Hyconnect GmbH was founded in Hamburg in June 2018. The aim is to promote the use of lightweight construction with the FAUSST joining technology. By using a special technical textile, complex processes and costly certifications can be avoided. This enables the use of lightweight construction for more sustainable products.

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1 10, 2018

InnoRampUp funding from the city of Hamburg I HYCONNECT


HYCONNECT granted InnoRampUp funding from the city of Hamburg





Hamburg, October 2018


Under the auspices of the InnoRampUp programme of Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank (IFB), the city of Hamburg is funding HYCONNECT to the tune of around €125,000. This funding will be used primarily to enable prototypes for the FAUSST product to be developed quickly.

HYCONNECT GmbH delivers innovations relating to the joining of materials. In FAUSST, the Hamburg-based start-up has developed a certified and patented technology that makes it a simple matter to join metal and fibre-reinforced components, thereby actively promoting the extensive use of lightweight construction materials. The aim is to make transport systems more modern and above all more lightweight.

Initially, FAUSST is being rolled out for the maritime segment of the transport sector, it being particularly vital in this segment to provide customers with a demonstration during the early development phase in order to highlight the added value and innovative nature of the product. This support from the IFB puts HYCONNECT in a position to speed up both the construction of FAUSST prototypes and the development of the company.


HYCONNECT GmbH is a Hamburg-based start-up company delivering innovations relating to the joining of materials. The first HYCONNECT product is FAUSST, a certified and patented technology that makes it a simple matter to join metal and fibre-reinforced components.

About InnoRampUp

The InnoRampUp funding programme specialises in providing grants to innovative technology-based start-ups in Hamburg, thereby strengthening the city’s start-up scene and contributing to the development of promising companies. InnoRampUp is aimed at exceptionally innovative start-ups and companies from all industries. To qualify for funding, a start-up must be less than two years old, based in Hamburg and must meet the criteria for a small company (fewer than 50 people and an annual turnover or balance sheet total of less than €10 million). Services are also eligible for funding. There must however be a realistic chance of commercial success and a strong team behind the business concept.

For further information, please send an email to presse@hyconnect.de

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