Association of friends and supporters of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines

Our strong bond with the industry!

Group photo of the founding members of the association of friends and supportersThe association of friends and supporters of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines was founded in 2006 by member companies of the Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) as well as firms of the primary industry.

Their aim was to support the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines in the field of research and teaching, and to deepen the ties between the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the industrial sector.

The association of friends and supporters wants to encourage the education of young people at the institute, e.g. through the supervision of research papers and bachelor, master, diploma, as well as doctoral/PhD theses, the organization of field trips, and by assisting graduates with a successful career launch.

A further emphasis is placed on the development of new concepts for advanced vocational training courses for machine manufacturers and operators. The underlying idea is that the professional education of young employees is a task that is usually approached rather unsystematically in companies, often resulting in long and expensive training periods. Above all, the new training measures are meant to enable firms to increase their efficiency, and to save them costs.

Beyond that, the association of friends and supporters wants to facilitate further joint research projects of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines and the industry. In so doing, the objective is to receive additional third-party funding, and to make more scholarships for students and doctoral/PhD candidates possible.

“We appreciate this support from the industry a lot! The TU Bergakademie Freiberg considers itself as an industrial partner. We are particularly interested in working with the industrial sectors that provide the backbone of the economy.

Mechanical and plant engineering as well as the primary industry are especially vital to us. It is often overlooked that these sectors create the most jobs in Germany and contribute to the country's exports to a significant extent.”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Lieberwirth
Director of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines