Carbon fiber reinforced plastics (cfrp) are provided with an enormous lightweight construction potential - the innovations of MAI Carbon make it usable. MAI Carbon is one of five Leading-Edge Clusters, which were recommended by an independent jury on 19th January 2012 in the third round of the Leading-Edge Cluster competition for promotion by the Federal Ministry for Training and Research (BMBF). The cluster in the city triangle Munich, Augsburg and Ingolstadt pursues the objective to lead CFRP technology to series capacity by 2020. In order to achieve this goal, quantum leap innovations are required along the complete component-part life cycle, i.e. starting from the fiber and matrix material, through the manufacture of the component parts and product systems, to the stage of conclusive recycling concepts.