Lightweight construction is not an end in itself. It plays a major part in meeting sustainability targets – not just in the field of mobility, but in many other sectors. Austria has excellence in research and industry in the field of lightweight construction competencies. In order to ensure future viability and competitiveness, however, this starting position must be consistently secured and expanded.
The A2LT policy paper entitled ‘Roadmap for sustainable, affordable and smart lightweight construction as an area of Austrian strength’ defines precisely how Austria can build on its excellence in lightweight construction.
Promoting technological pre-eminence in lightweight construction: Securing a competetive advantage, facilitating the achievement of climate goalsEffect/aim: Establishing Austria and Europe as resilient production hubs
Accelerating technology transfers from research to industrial applicationsEffect/aim: Implementation in concrete innovations
Optimising funding programmes and general conditions for industry and researchEffect/aim: Funding instruments for lightweight construction across technologies and industries
Defining specific R&D priorities for sustainable, affordable and smart lightweight constructionEffect/aim: Ensuring technological pre-eminence
Strengthening international networking in lightweight construction and intensifying public relationsEffect/aim: Alliance of strongest lightweight construction regions
Establishing design for repair/reuse/recacling as equally important as functionality and production efficiencyEffect/aim: Exploiting economic and environmental potential of recyclable lightweight construction technology