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Business Cooperation GF Casting Solutions Partners up with Open Innovation Platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN Powered by Plug and Play

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The strategic partnership between Plug and Play Tech Center and GF Casting Solutions empowers GF’s vision to become the innovation and sustainability leader for industry partners worldwide.

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The strategic partnership will lead to new impulses and inspiration for new products and process solutions in the industry.
The strategic partnership will lead to new impulses and inspiration for new products and process solutions in the industry.
(Source: GF Casting Solutions)

To boost innovative ideas and foster collaboration with startups, GF Casting Solutions signed a strategic partnership with the innovation platform STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play. The leading international open innovation platform ties an ecosystem of strong mobility and technology corporations and a global cluster of highly innovative start-ups.

GF Casting Solutions aims to further strengthen its role as innovation and quality leader for sustainable lightweight cast and additive manufacturing solutions. "Partnering with STARTUP AUTOBAHN will inspire our way of thinking and sets valuable new impulses through collaborating with a very strong and innovative partner network. The collaboration with start-ups will enable us to develop proof of concepts for both, new product and process solutions, very quickly”, states Gabriel Selbach, Head of Innovation at GF Casting Solutions.

The goals of the cooperation are to identify new business opportunities, explore common goals to drive the industry forward as well as to foster collaboration with global tech entrepreneurs.

About GF Casting Solutions

GF Casting Solutions is one of the leading solution providers of lightweight components in the mobility and energy industry. As a future-oriented company, the GF division acts as driving force for innovation in the global foundry industry and additive manufacturing world and wants to take the lead in shaping the development of sustainable mobility.


STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play is an open innovation platform that provides an interface between innovative tech companies and industry-leading corporations. The basis of the program is the partnership that develops between startups and the corporate business units. The two entities hold an equal footing from the get-go: together they evaluate the potential for a joint venture, move forward to pilot the technology and work to achieve the ultimate goal – a successful production-ready implementation. Designed with the intention to exceed start-up acceleration, STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play moderates a community for collaboration with a focus on implementable results.

Corporate Partners of STARTUP AUTOBAHN

Mercedes-Benz AG, Plug and Play Tech Center, ARENA2036, University of Stuttgart, ZF, DXC Technology, Porsche, BASF, Webasto, Motherson, DPDHL, Bosch, Schaeffler, STMicroelectronics, Murata, AGC, Hyundai, Linde, BP, Wieland, Faurecia, Eberspächer, ADAC, Sekisui, Plastic Omnium, Zenzic, Maxion, Novelis, ITT, Grupo Antolin, Huf Group, CEAT Ltd, GF Casting Solutions, HERO.

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