AMAG: Exciting journey into the world of aluminium during the Long Night of Research
- AMAG opens its new CMI research centre and Smart Factory to the public for the first time as part of the Long Night of Research.
- More than 350 visitors are proof that research can inspire
- Long Night of Research offered the opportunity to "take a closer look" at laboratories and fully automated processes in the Smart Factory and in production
- AMAG employees and their families were able to enjoy the full programme in the afternoon.
"Fancy a journey into the world of aluminium?" - was the question posed by AMAG Austria Metall AG during the Long Night of Research, and for the first time the new "Center for Material Innovation" (CMI) research centre was opened to visitors. More than 350 guests took up the offer, and were shown experiments at four research stations during a tour of the CMI in the chemistry and surface laboratory, metallography and the Smart Factory, and were also able to try their hand at them on site. Visitors of all ages were equally interested in the activities. "What is an aluminium alloy? Why does aluminium have to stick? Why does material for an aircraft has to be looked at with a magnifying glass? What are the tasks of robots in material testing?"- these questions were explored at research stations.
The programme was rounded off by a plant tour that offered a deep insight into the world of AMAG. The production process could be followed, literally as it happened, from the visitors' pulpits in the new hot and cold rolling mills. Delicious sweet and savoury delicacies from the region enticed numerous guests to linger, despite the summer temperatures. A photo bus combined with a competition on social media (participation code #amagforscht) captured lasting memories of the wonderful event. In the run-up to the official event, many employees and their families, took an early opportunity to visit AMAG in the afternoon and walk through the four research stations at the CMI.
"The Long Night of Research was a complete success for us. Our numerous guests, both young and old, were enthusiastic about the content as well as being able to take away lasting impressions from AMAG at the end of a long day of research. Thanks to all visitors for the high level of interest, and a big thank you to the AMAG teams for the great organisation," said Leopold Pöcksteiner, Head of Group Communications.