For years REHAU has been working closely with regional and national research and educational institutions in Germany. Together with Hof college the company promotes dual study. REHAU also has close relationships with numerous technical colleges and universities. The polymer specialist supports commitment in the science sector and uses innovative means of making potential applicants aware of it.
The interdisciplinary team "Elefant Racing e.V." at the University of Bayreuth annually designs, develops and produces a single-seater racing car to enter the international "Formula Student" event. The young working group is supported by REHAU during this process. The black racing car for the 2013 season bears the name "FR13: Cyrano" and goes from zero to one hundred in 3.5 seconds. The centrepiece of the car: the electric motor.
Martin Wippermann, Head of Engineering Air, Water, Sealing at REHAU, is supervising the racing team. The student of design engineering explains why the Company supports "Elefant Racing" and what inspires him personally about the topic of mobility in the following interview.
Automotive Supplier Trophy
The Automotive Supplier Trophy is a rally through the three Franconian administrative districts of Upper, Middle and Lower Franconia. Departing from the fixed start and finish point in the Franconian wine region, 16 students of technical studies this year start three days of new tasks and challenges. The participants travel through Coburg, Schweinfurt, Nürnberg, Würzburg, Herzogenaurach, Kitzingen, Rehau and Bamberg. On their tour they visit companies of the Automotive Supplier Industry: Brose, LEONI, REHAU, Schaeffler and ZF. The initiative gives the budding specialists the opportunity to explore an attractive sector and the endearing sights of northern Bavaria. During the Automotive Supplier Trophy the students are able to show what they know about cars and solve tricky tasks. The challenge is to arrive at the destination via the most efficient route. Christian Kretzer's route during his first rally took him though northern Bavaria directly to REHAU - after Lower Bavaria. Since Autumn 2012 he has been assistant to the plant manager in Viechtach and is responsible for pre-series production of new model launches. "The Supplier Trophy sort of opened the door for me", said the 26-year-old, who particularly enjoys the international nature and variety of his role for the automotive division. The "fascinating" thing about the supplier industry is to experience "how many pieces of puzzle go into making the entire picture"
REHAU Technology Prize
For the 13th time REHAU will award a prize for scientific work in the area of polymer engineering. It is aimed at students who develop new and practice-oriented ideas for materials, surface technology and processing processes in polymer engineering. This should incorporate topics such as sustainability, energy efficiency or mobility. A jury will evaluate all of the entries and award prize money totalling 6,000 EUR for the best final theses. Bachelors, masters and degree theses as well as doctorates can be submitted in German or English and should have received a very good grade in 2013 or 2014.
International Design Award
Talente zu fördern und durch frisches Denken Trends und Visionen von morgen aufzuzeigen, das ist das erklärte Ziel des International Design Award, der im Zweijahresturnus von den Unternehmen Hettich und REHAU ausgelobt wird. Unter dem Motto „Take Furniture to the next Level“ sind Design- und Architekturstudenten aus aller Welt auch in der 10. Auflage wieder dazu aufgefordert, ihrer Phantasie freien Lauf zu lassen, bestehende Denkmuster zu verlassen und innovative Möbellösungen für Küchen, Büroräume, Wohn- oder Schlafzimmer zu entwerfen. Sowohl hinsichtlich Design als auch in Bezug auf die technische Intelligenz sollen die Entwürfe vor allem eines können: das Spannungsfeld der Zukunft im Wohn- und Arbeitsbereich lösen.