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RWTH Innovation establishes R&D cooperation for medium-sized companies
The medium-sized company RA Consulting GmbH is intensifying its research cooperation with RWTH Aachen University. Supported by RWTH Innovation as the central unit for technology transfer, research projects for RA Consulting with institutes and partners from the entire RWTH ecosystem are now increasingly being initiated.
About RA Consulting
RA Consulting with its about 50 employees is located in an especially designed technology village in Bruchsal. The software company specializes in automotive engineering and develops software tools for diagnostics, measurements and calibration as well as individual software solutions in the industrial sector, especially for databases and embedded systems. RA Consulting serves a large number of customers in its field, e.g. OEMs in Germany and abroad.
In addition to product development, research and development play an important role for RA Consulting. As an industrial partner they are currently involved in several research projects in the field of autonomous driving.
With RA Consulting, a strong medium-sized company has now been won as a research partner for RWTH Aachen University, which would like to network intensively with scientists from the fields of MCD (measurement, calibration, diagnostics), telematics, testing/validating of autonomous driving functions, and adaptive AUTOSAR.
Cooperation as a driver of innovation
Large corporations are welcome cooperation partners in the academic environment and play a major role in Aachen's research landscape. However, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Germany can also be drivers of innovation and important partners for research. The so-called "hidden champions" are often highly specialised and market leaders in niche topics. SMEs account for 35% of the total turnover of companies in Germany. In terms of net value added, the share is as high as 57.8% (source: IfM Bonn, 2017).
"Within the framework of the BMBF-funded “3F” project in the field of autonomous driving, for the first time we are working with an institute of RWTH Aachen University. The results and the quality of the collaboration have increased our interest in expanding the cooperation. We are sure that continuously working together is very beneficial for our innovation capability and the overall company development", says Armin Rupalla, founder and managing director of RA Consulting GmbH.
The partnership started on 01.07.2019. Within the next weeks, we will connect RA Consulting with institutes and chairs from the RWTH environment. Interested researchers are invited to get in touch with us.
"I am looking forward to exciting research projects that we can launch together with RA Consulting and RWTH Aachen University," says Markus Beckers, who is developing the collaboration with SMEs on behalf of RWTH Innovation.