Erfurt (dpa/th) - Two technology projects at the Institute for Textile and Plastics Research (TITK) in Rudolstadt are being funded with more than one million euros. The commitments were handed over on Wednesday by Economics Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee (SPD), the ministry announced in Erfurt. Funds from an EU program would be used for this.
A total of twelve projects from industrial research institutions were supported with almost 7.4 million euros in this funding round from the program in Thuringia. Business-related research institutions are "the hinge between research and marketable application," said Tiefensee. The projects are primarily about using energy and materials more efficiently.
At the TITK in Rudolstadt, the money will be used to install a new facility for processing and preparing special plastics. In addition, a plant for the production of fiber composite molded parts is to be purchased.
According to the Ministry, Thuringia has a total of ten business-related research institutions with 900 employees and a turnover of 90 million euros. Among other things, they dealt with medical technology and biotechnology, manufacturing technology, construction and materials research or applied hydrogen research.