ARENA2036 – Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles

ARENA2036 is the largest and the leading research platform for mobility in Germany. Here, the entire value chain of the coming fully digitized vehicle is conceived and implemented. At the point of intersection where science and industry meet, ARENA2036 is the initiator of sustainable automotive engineering and automobile production for the next generation of vehicles, whereby mobility based on flexibility is understood as key element.

Since the project launch in 2013, the research campus focuses its energies on the core-projects in four interconnected research areas:

  • LeiFu (Intelligent lightweight design with functional integration)
  • DigitPro (Digital Prototype – new materials and processes)
  • ForschFab (Research Factory – production of the future)
  • Khoch3 (Creativity, Cooperation, Competence Transfer)

Based on these joint projects, new proposals are continuously developed; all aiming to pave the way for the mobility of the future. We understand the fully digitized Industry 4.0 as the key to achieving this goal: versatile and adaptable, individual and demand-actuated as well as functionally integrated.

Numerous actors from both science and industry work closely together beneath the same roof of our research factory.

The competencies of our partners are grounded in most different disciplines; spanning from lightweight construction over production technology all the way to ergonomics. This combination of disciplines, competencies and not least perspectives guarantees innovative project ideas, which are pervasively supported by ARENA2036’ unique construction.

ARENA2036 is supported by the initiative “Research Campus – Public-Private Partnership for Innovation” by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and supervised by the lead partner Karlsruhe (PTKA). The building of the new research factory itself was additionally supported with resources from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


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