How can small companies also participate in and benefit from research and development projects?

Answers were given by representatives of the Wirtschaftsförderung Land Brandenburg GmbH, the TH Wildau and the economy on 28 October 2021  in a virtual fireside chat (here the agenda) of an event of the  Frauenhofer– Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP. The online event showed potential for how small and micro-enterprises can participate in R&D projects and benefit from them for their product and service portfolio.

Take a look here at what Schönborner Armaturen GmbH has to say on this topic!


We are a manufacturer of actuating elements for the municipal gas, water and wastewater industry. Our portfolio includes not only telescopic, adjustable and rigid installation sets, but also actuation systems for manhole installation and special construction projects.


Variety, complexity and individuality characterise our production. On 3 CNC milling machines, 2 CNC lathes and a fully automatic universal circular saw, we process machinable plastics, structural, stainless and tool steels as well as non-ferrous metals.


Everything in one house: our value chain extends from design and toolmaking to the finished component. We manufacture high-tech products on state-of-the-art injection moulding machines and extrude plastic profiles.

Flexible systems for many installation stations

Since arctic temperatures prevail in parts of Scandinavia, water pipes are laid with a large pipe cover. For this purpose, installation sets in special lengths are used. However, they cause high costs for storage and transport.

The task for us was: How can we optimise both transport and storage for our customer? As the video shows, the addition of extensions to our standard installation fittings is an economical replacement for such special length products.


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