A long-term vision is falling into place: the Campus Buschhütten for which the 130 years old foundry halls are converted cautiously.. The aim of this initiative is to sustainably strengthen the economy in Südwestfalen, one of the most powerful industrial regions in Germany, especially with regard to metal processing.
Facing megatrends the digital transformation as one of the current, the Campus is determined to be a place for innovation, research and demonstration of trendsetting production technology - a unique combination of industrial tradition and forward-looking approach, in which the actors can cooperate in individually selectable network partnerships in two directions: Companies to further develop the production technology of their products and/or to test new proceedings regarding digital transformation in the field of production technology as well as the academic institutes to check their research findings for relevance in a so-called 'Sandbox'.
The Campus Buschhütten consists of four centres: On the one hand, two university institutions will take part in the Campus project: the university of Siegen with a long-term space rental for their International Production and Engineering Management IPEM chair and the RWTH Aachen with their Werkzeugmaschinenlabor - machine tool lab WZL, who will process trendsetting topics such as '3D metal print' and 'digital factory planning' in the Campus Buschhütten.
On the other hand, there are two factories moving to the Campus: the SDFS Smart Demofactory Siegen, where, apart from research and demonstration of new production technologies, products will be manufactured in line with the market, such as the rear axle for the e-car e.GO and the Smart Leraning Factory Achenbach Buschhütten SLAB, implementing a new concept for technical-industrial training in close cooperation with the chair in Technical Didactics of the university of Siegen.