MEYER WERFT and University of Groningen sign cooperation agreement

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Long-term interaction between science and industry

MEYER WERFT (MW) and the University of Groningen (UG) agreed a long-term collaboration today, as Sibrand Poppema (President of the University of Groningen) and Tim Meyer (Managing Director of MEYER WERFT) signed a cooperation agreement.

The objective of their teamwork is to expand the interaction between science and the economy in the northern region. MEYER WERFT is also always on the lookout for further highly-qualified professionals, including from the Netherlands. Both cooperation partners are joining forces to create the “Innovation Lab Papenburg - Groningen 2018-2050”. This will involve concrete projects between MEYER WERFT and the University of Groningen to create sustainable and competitive solutions. These projects will combine scientific questions with concrete fields of application from the industry.

The first three projects will deal with the topics of IT, sustainability and energy efficiency:

1. Next-generation IT in the production environment
In the age of Smart Industry / Industry 4.0, information and communication technology offers a high degree of flexibility in the field of production. The aim is to develop a piece of IC technology to integrate approaches for an intelligent value chain in the cruise industry.
Project coordinator: Prof Dr. Bayu Jayawardhana (UG), Dr. Paul Meyer (member of the IT Management Team at MW)

2. Sustainability in international business
As a world leader in the construction of cruise ships, MEYER WERFT is guided by international sustainability standards. The aim of the project is to implement a globally recognised and standardised reporting method.
Project coordinator: Prof. Alan Muller (UG), Paul Bloem (member of the Management Team at CPA, CSR, CC MW)

3. Energy efficiency on cruise ships
The construction of energy-efficient ships is one of the most important challenges facing the cruise ship industry. This project will involve joint research into technical possibilities for innovative fuel, efficient drive systems and renewable energy generation.
Project coordinator: Prof. Jacquelien Scherpen (UG), Hermann-Josef Mammes (Head of Research & Development at MW)

Furthermore, so-called “future spaces” will be built in Papenburg and Groningen, where all projects and activities will be coordinated.

Photo : Uni Groningen
From left: back row – Gernant Deekens (University of Groningen), Harald Orfgen (University of Groningen), Paul Bloem (Executive Board Member CPA, CSR, CC), Peter van Kampen (Deputy Director University of Groningen North West Germany), Prof Dr. Bayu Jayawardhana (University of Groningen); front row – Tim Meyer (Managing Director MEYER WERFT), Prof. Dr. Sibrand Poppema (President of the University of Groningen)