MAG endows Chair in Production Engineering at Tongji University in Shanghai

Federal Minister Schavan underscores the importance and opportunities of close co-operation between China and Germany in the machine tool sector
Bundesministerin Schavan unterstreicht die Bedeutung und die Chancen einer engen Kooperation zwischen China und Deutschland im Werkzeugmaschinenbau (PresseBox) (Stuttgart/Shanghai, ) The machine tool manufacturer MAG, one of the largest suppliers of production and technology solutions based in Göppingen, is to endow a Chair in Production Engineering at Tongji University's Chinese-German College for Postgraduate Studies (CDHK) in Shanghai. The endowment is being made as part of the German-Chinese Year of Science and Education. The official foundation charter was signed today by MAG Chairman Professor Dr. Jürgen Fleischer during a visit by Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, Professor Dr. Annette Schavan, who is currently spending several days in China. The wbk Institute of Production Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will be providing support for the chair in its capacity as a cooperating college. On the occasion of her visit to Tongji University, Federal Minister Schavan stressed the great importance of cooperation between universities and industry in both countries: "Enterprises like MAG demonstrate that the Chinese market offers major growth opportunities for German machine tool manufacturers, as well as various possibilities for cooperation from which both sides can benefit." The newly Endowed Chair in Production Engineering would strengthen the exchange of scientific knowhow between China and Germany and promote the joint education of highlyqualified experts, providing an important basis for successful economic cooperation between China and Germany.

China and the Asian markets hold considerable development potential for MAG. The company recently opened a new 1000 sq. m branch in Shanghai offering facilities for engineering services, sales, service, training and live demonstrations. A new plant is also scheduled for completion in Changchun in the near future. MAG Chairman Professor Jürgen Fleischer said: "The Chinese market has shown extremely dynamic development, which is why MAG has been present here for a long time and intends to further expand its involvement on a lasting basis." The aim was also to accompany this development with direct regional measures in China and create an even tighter network: "Promoting both scientific exchange at the university level and the education of highlyqualified experts in China will create an essential foundation for our success in Asia's markets."

Signing the official foundation charter of the MAG Chair of Production Engineering in the presence of German Minister for Education and Science, Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan: Prof. Dr. Max Huber, Vice President DAA, Prof. Dr. Pei Gang, President Tongji University Shanghai, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Fleischer, Chairman MAG and Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, President of Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT).

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