In the network, SMEs are working side by side with the renowned RWTH Aachen University to develop new kinds of solutions made from and/or with renewable resources.









BOLLE System- und Modulbau GmbH was founded in 1910 as a steam saw mill and wooden shaft factory. BOLLE has continuously expanded its product range to move far beyond its production output from back then. This consistent further development has seen BOLLE grow into one of the leading modular construction companies for mobile room systems since moving into the construction of site trailers in the 1960s. With high degrees of pre-fabrication of up to 95%, it can carry out its construction projects today with speed, flexibility and a high level of quality. Furthermore, dust, noise and functional impairments can be avoided on site.


Thanks to its expert knowledge in designing building structures through modular construction and ability to incorporate elements from solid and timber-frame construction, BOLLE can offer economical and practical complete solutions from one single source – with 100% cost and deadline reliability.








ENTEX Rust & Mitschke

Founded in 1986, ENTEX Rust & Mitschke GmbH is involved in roller and extrusion technology manufacturing. One of the main focuses of the company are its “planetary roller extruders”. The concept for the planetary roller extruder originated around 50 years ago and has been continuously developed by ENTEX.


The company places a huge value on forward-thinking, which is reflected in its impressive research and development activities that have resulted in over 135 registered and granted industrial property rights for ENTEX. In May 2018, the company formed a specialist department for the field of thermodynamics. Products produced by the company are used in a variety of industries including foodstuffs, plastics and chemicals, as well as in specialist applications.








ESZ Becker

Founded just outside Düsseldorf in 1985, the ESZ Becker GmbH is a family-run company that specializes in the commissioning and sale of elastomer materials for the construction industry. Its extensive expertise in materials science, technical know-how and many years of experience with major construction projects make the company a reliable partner. ESZ Becker places individual, in-depth consulting in the foreground.


The company is also involved in development, including a recent project to develop a program for measuring solid structural engineering bearings. Its software is used successfully by more than 1,000 planning offices.









Formed in 1983 as a specialist in heating and ventilation fittings, in its early years Krehle was primarily involved in the renovation of historical buildings. Its work on these often very challenging buildings allowed the company to expand even further on its already extensive expertise in the field of sheet metal processing. Contemporary architecture is now setting completely new benchmarks in terms of design, innovative materials and sustainability, and Krehle is the first port of call when it comes to implementing unusual ideas in the field of metalworking.


The development of new kinds of manufacturing processes, continuously improved processing methods, machines and tools allows it to produce bent and rounded metal profiles with a quality and precision that was previously unthinkable. Its customer-specific production of high-quality products combines state-of-the-art production technology with high-level Krehle craftsmanship.








RSB Rudolstädter Systembau

RSB Rudolstädter Systembau was founded in 1910 and is an innovative company with a focus on planning, reshaping, production and assembly in steel construction. Its range of services primarily encompasses industrial and commercial buildings, as well as residential. The company has a particular focus on filling station construction. Research and development also play an important role in this regard. Its products and services include planning services, metal construction and facade engineering.


Its main link to lightweight metal construction is through the various elements (predominantly steel and aluminum) that it processes. Furthermore, the company has worked with IFBS for more than ten years now and has far-reaching research experience.








Rudolf Wiegmann Industriemontagen

Rudolf Wiegmann Industrie­montagen GmbH is the original company in what has grown to become the Wiegmann Group, which is now active throughout Europe, and was founded by Mr Rudolf Wiegmann in 1979. Its parent company, Wiegmann-Gruppe Beteiligungs GmbH, is home to Rudolf Wiegmann Industrie­montagen GmbH and the other subsidiaries Rudolf Wiegmann Umformtechnik GmbH, Rudolf Wiegmann Metallbau GmbH, Rudolf Wiegmann Metallcolor GmbH and WPLAN Ingenieurbüro GmbH. The corporate group primarily specializes in the industrial, commercial and hall construction sector and now employs around 180 employees.


Rudolf Wiegmann Industrie­montagen GmbH is mainly involved in the production of metal roofs and facades. It assists its customers from the consulting stage through the planning and design phase and on to assembly at the construction site. For the most part, it can rely on its own construction elements produced in its sister companies.









Since its foundation nearly 40 years ago, WDI Customized Panels GmbH & Co. KG has developed and produced large-scale insulating panels in both standard and special designs. One important feature of WDI insulation panels is their continuous lengthwise roll-formed joint contours with that certain “click effect”, which meet the highest demands for stability and tightness. Thanks to its special production structure and technique, it can also design panels to meet individual requirements, for instance, in terms of dimensions (widths of 300 to 1100 mm without a grid), high pressure loads or the integration of openings, cut-outs or cable and wire routing. Likewise, a wide variety of material fillings (such as PU, mineral wool, wood, vacuum insulation panels or fine steel) can also be integrated into the panels.


Highlights in its product range include sandwich elements for cold storage and deep-freeze rooms with temperatures down to -60° C, elements with particularly high fire resistance or heat resistance for continuous application temperatures of up to 220° C and high-quality sandwich elements with special sound insulation properties of up to 50dB with a 100% absorption rate. A particularly sustainable version of the sandwich panel that uses renewable resources, the WDI ISO ECO, will soon be added to its product portfolio.








RWTH “Sustainability in Lightweight Metal Construction” Research and Teaching Field

RWTH Aachen University is a renowned research institute with a particularly distinguished reputation in the field of engineering. The “Institute for Steel Construction” and “Sustainability in Lightweight Metal Construction” research and teaching field are part of RWTH Aachen University. Alongside the classic research fields of steel construction, composite construction and timber construction, the institute also carries out research on cross-sectional topics such as wind engineering, structural glass construction and structural physics. It is also involved in basic research and European standardization. The institute has extensive experience both in carrying out experimental analyses and in the field of numerical simulation. This expertise is documented through numerous publications.


The “Sustainability in Lightweight Metal Construction” research and teaching field, led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kuhnhenne, deals especially with issues of structural design, building physics and the sustainability of building envelopes in lightweight metal construction. It also pioneers student training in the specialist field of lightweight metal construction.



Research fields:

  • Steel construction
  • Composite construction
  • Lightweight metal construction
  • Wind engineering
  • Glass structures
  • Building physics








RWTH Institute of Building Materials Research, Building Maintenance and Repair and Structural Polymer Composites in Construction

Since its formation in 1948, the ibac institute at RWTH Aachen University has grown into a leading and renowned international platform in the field of building materials research. The focus of research at ibac is on the areas of building maintenance and repair and structural polymer composites in construction. Its range of services and research includes material development and testing, chemical analysis, measurement technology, building diagnostics, polymer materials, the preservation of historical structures and non-destructive test methods. It has a portfolio spanning from applied research and development to basic scientific research. This expertise is documented through numerous publications.


Thanks to the prominent and excellent position of RWTH Aachen University, ibac is a central contact point for leading-edge clusters in building materials research. Its numerous research projects and high degree of innovation helps to achieve interdisciplinary research results that significantly exceed the latest standards of technology. Furthermore, the multitude of application-oriented research work at ibac provides the basis for young professionals to receive an excellent education.



Research fields:

  • Steel and corrosion
  • Measuring technology and non-destructive test methods
  • Safety systems and durability
  • Polymer materials
  • Preservation of historical structures
  • Masonry








Associated partner: Treude & Metz


Treude & Metz GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1844 and can look back on a history rich in tradition since then. The company operates the oldest bed feather factory in Germany and has been producing down and feather products since its foundation. The company is committed to a sustainable value chain, and with that in mind its raw materials come from geese raised in an appropriate environment.



Its commitment to sustainability is also clearly reflected in other developments outside its core business: For instance, it has developed an ecological plaster made from feather residues to reduce feather residue waste through upcycling. As well as being easier to work with in comparison to conventional products, the eco-plaster is also more fire-resistant.









Jöckel Innovation Consulting


As the management body for the NAWAME network of innovation, Jöckel Innovation Consulting GmbH is actively involved in organizing and shaping the network.



With a workforce that has now grown to 24 employees, Jöckel Innovation Consulting GmbH works in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovations from ideas to their utilization. Its customers, many of whom have been with the company for years, are mainly SMEs that value its comprehensive innovation consulting concept, which incorporates innovation funding and various services in the field of innovation management.



The success of this concept is reflected in its more than 1000 completed projects, with over 400 industry partners and ten overseen innovation networks.



Our principles: Innovations are a valuable and sensitive asset. It is therefore all the more important to have a trustworthy partner at your side. Jöckel Innovation Consulting GmbH is characterized by values cultivated through commitment in our daily work and collaboration with our customers. Reliability and responsibility, sustainable benefits for customers, a partnership based on integrity and loyalty – these values are the essence of our company, and we are there for you as a business partner for every point of contact.