The FKT Formenbau und Kunststofftechnik GmbH is a company in the sector of tool and mold making with a long-standing tradition. The company is specialized in design, manufacturing and series production of plastics injection molds with focus on multi-component technique. From the development/design of the molded part to the production of prototypes made of plastic and metal, the production in mold-making as well as the sampling possibility of molds and the manufacturing of plastic series, everything is presentable in the process chain. The product portfolio is completed by services in special technologies, e.g. CNC-internal and external cylindrical grinding, laser welding, hardening etc. and customer-oriented small-series production of molded parts especially in different multi-component injection molding and custom technologies. FKT has a universal quality- and environmental management system and is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 as well as DIN EN ISO 14001.


Deere & Company was founded in 1837 by John Deere, a pioneer blacksmith who developed the first commercially successful, self-cleaning steel plow. This product helped to convert the heavy soils of the Mississippi prairies into fertile agricultural soils.

Today, with more than 57,000 employees and sales of more than 28 Billion US$ in 2015 (31 October), Deere & Company is a world leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment, turf care products and of construction and forestry equipment. The company also offers a wide array of financing solutions.

Deere & Company stocks are listed at the stock exchanges of Chicago and New York. John Deere products are manufactured in 75 locations in 19 countries and are sold through a worldwide network of authorized John Deere dealers.

In Europe, John Deere maintains 12 factories in 6 countries and produces a wide range of high quality equipment, such as tractors, combines, self-propelled forage harvesters, square and round balers, mower conditioners and front loaders, spraying equipment and headers for combines and forage harvesters, lawn and grounds care equipment, forestry equipment and Diesel engines.

John Deere Werk Mannheim is John Deere’s largest asset outside the United Sates. The factory has been Germany’s largest tractor producer and exporter for the past 40 years. It produces smaller 6MC and 6RC tractors and 4- and 6-cylinder 6R Premium tractors of up to 250hp. Approx. 90 % of Mannheim’s tractor production is exported to more than 80 countries, worldwide. The factory employs 3,300 people.

With an employment of 1,100 people John Deere Werk Zweibruecken manufactures combines and self-propelled forage harvesters for European and Overseas markets.

In Bruchsal, John Deere employs more than 1,300 people. The cab factory manufactures operator stations for tractors, combines, foragers and forestry machinery. And the Bruchsal-based European Parts Distribution Center (E-PDC) provides spare parts and accessories to European and overseas markets. Also located in Bruchsal: the German John Deere sales branch John Deere Vertrieb.

Other German John Deere subsidiaries include Kemper of Stadtlohn, a supplier of premium headers for foragers (290 employees) and SABO in Gummersbach, a premium manufacturer of lawn and groundscare equipment (135 employees).

John Deere’s most important link to its growing number of customers is the company’s dealer network which provides a wide spectrum of services to the end-user from consulting, sales and financing to after-sales services, product support, used equipment sales and operator training.

To enhance customer satisfaction, owner experience as well as sales and service quality John Deere recently embarked on its ‘dealer of tomorrow’ strategy which aims at increasing the size and scope of dealerships to meet the increasing demand for technical expertise.

Since 1988 NANOVAL develops and manufactures metal powders and turnkey plants for its production by using a patented gas atomization method. The powder is very fine (d50 as low as 4 µm), round, are inherent in tight particle size distribution and are forthcoming in small sample amounts as well as up to tonnages. Fields of application for the Nanoval powders are in the dental field, in additive manufacturing, in soft-, hard and active-soldering, in thermal spraying, in metal injection molding as well as for diamond tools and for shape memory components. The powders are being produced both from NE-metals such as Al and Cu and also on the basis of steel, iron, nickel and cobalt. Additionally, precious metals such as silver, gold and platinum are also becoming increasingly important. The powders are classified on own sieving and separating equipment with straight cuts between 5 and 200 µm.


Oerlikon AM is a leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for the metal and polymer processing industries as well as conventional manufacturing services.

The extensive portfolio of solutions offered by Oerlikon AM ranges from the manufacturing of the company’s own metal powders for 3D printing, through research and development, to the codevelopment and manufacturing of high-quality and performance-optimized components for customers around the world.

The comprehensive and locally available portfolio includes material, process and application engineering, certified manufacturing processes for individual target industries, post-processing of components and quality management.

As one of the Oerlikon Group’s business units with decades of expertise in the area of materials and coating solutions, Oerlikon AM provides its customers with unique and integrated solutions ranging from selecting materials, through the manufacturing process to the post-processing of components using functional coatings.

Oerlikon AM supplies the medical, aerospace, energy, automotive and tooling sectors as well as additional high-tech industries and together with Oerlikon Balzers and Oerlikon Metco forms the Surface Solutions segment of the Swiss-based Oerlikon Group (SIX: OERL).

Oerlikon AM employs more than 250 people at its five sites in Europe, the US and China, and is part of the Oerlikon Group, which has 11,100+ employees in 37 countries.

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RENA Technologies Austria is an E2E process provider and technical partner for innovative functional metal surfaces. The surface of a component is typically of critical importance for its industrial application. Our deep understanding of the actual surface reactions provides the basis for the relevant electrochemical surface processes to get the optimum result. Fast and reliable application of new processes to customer production facilities is ensured by our knowledge-based development instead of trial and error. Our products are, on the one hand, multifunctional coating systems based on pulse plating for the comprehensive protection of technical components and, on the other hand, processes and modules for the surface treatment of 3D-printed metallic components. The industrially tested and fully automated technology of Hirtisation® offers a powerful tool for the post-treatment of 3D-printed metal components: Sintered particles and support structures are reliably removed and surfaces are leveled and cleaned. Hirtisation®, the world's first fully automatic and autonomous post-processing, uses a combination of chemical and dynamic electrochemical as well as hydrodynamic processes without machining. The process, based on liquid media, reaches deep into cavities and undercuts.

Our offer is supplemented by the possibilities for process control, layer characterization and failure analysis as Austria's largest electroplating laboratory as well as extensive industrial engineering services for the industrial implementation of new electroplating process solutions.

The Professorship of Design Technology/CAD at the Institute of Machine Elements and Machine Design belongs to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the TU Dresden. Their competences are especially in the effective application of computer science, design and assembly methods as well as 3D visualization techniques in mechanical engineering and beyond. The Professorship of Design Technology/CAD is member of the Zentrum Virtueller Maschinenbau (ZVM) of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The employees have extensive know-how in the fields of product data management, 3D-digitalization and reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, design engineering and 3D visualization technology as well as production-oriented design. Furthermore, competences in the field of processing of medical images, the construction and modelling of 3D-objects for medical tasks as well as experiences and competences in the production of medical and other individual components via additive manufacturing and milling processes exist for a few years now.

A close cooperation with the laboratories of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Produktionstechnisches Zentrum (ProZeD) of the faculty guarantees a competent and broad application-oriented research environment and beyond this also consulting services for small and medium-sized enterprises. The institute is equipped with a Trumpf laser cutting machine and technically qualified staff which is versed in dealing with CAD and CNC technology.