Strong through cooperation
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May 2023

Strong through cooperation

By Björn Carstens
When partners from science and industry pool their expertise, research results usually reach the market more quickly in the form of innovative products and services. The Schaeffler Hubs for Advanced Research (SHARE) have been linking industry and leading universities for ten years – a success story that began in 2013 at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is celebrating its anniversary.

Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has celebrated ten years of collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) on the Schaeffler Hub for Advanced Research at KIT (SHARE at KIT). Here, Schaeffler employees work with KIT scientists, doctoral candidates and students in areas such as electric drives, battery storage systems, hydrogen technologies, and automated vehicles. The insights from the application-driven research projects flow directly into the development of new products. The SHARE network at the KIT comprises around 80 permanent employees of Schaeffler and KIT as well as doctoral candidates and students, who are currently working on around 20 projects. These projects are often publicly funded and involve working with other companies and research institutions.

Strong through cooperation
Uwe Wagner, Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler AG
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“The agile environment and the impetus from research ensure that we can quickly transfer the results of innovation projects into viable products and put them on the market in optimum quality and large volumes.”

“Schaeffler is shaping the transformation towards sustainable mobility with innovative technologies. To this end, applied research with strong partners like the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology provide a crucial basis. I would like to thank all participants for the successful collaboration and trust-based partnership over the last ten years. Together, we have accomplished pioneering work,” says Uwe Wagner, Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler AG, addressing the 150 participants during the anniversary celebration. The SHARE program is an important pillar of Schaeffler's innovation strategy and accelerates the innovation process.

In the context of SHARE at KIT, for example, significant progress was made with research projects into fuel cells. In the summer of 2022, Schaeffler joined forces with hydrogen technology company Symbio to establish the joint venture “Innoplate” to manufacture and mass produce bipolar plates for fuel cells from 2024.

Strong through cooperation
Uwe Wagner, Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler AG (left) and Dr. Ralf Stopp, Head of SHARE at KIT (right) presented a ten-year-old tree symbolizing the successful partnership to Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (center). Photo Schaeffler (Christiane Haumann-Frietsch)© Christiane Haumann-Frietsch/Schaeffler
Global SHARE network

The first SHARE was set up at KIT in 2013. The program has become established worldwide and is meanwhile represented at five leading universities in Europe, Asia-Pacific, China, and America. Each SHARE focuses on key strategic topics at Schaeffler.

  • The SHARE program at Ohio State University is the most recent one and focuses on solid-state batteries and fuel cell technology.
  • At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, electric and automated mobility are the key focus areas.
  • The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) in Germany focuses on digitalization and artificial intelligence.
  • The focus at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore is on robotics and Industry 4.0.
  • The SHARE facility at Southwest Jiatong University (SWJTU) in China specializes in interurban mobility, in particular rail transport.

Further details on SHARE and Schaeffler’s commitment can be found here: