If the phrase "Made in Germany" once stood for quality products, for many researchers, engineers and production workers in the country today, it has taken on an altogether different meaning: employment. A government-funded "cluster of excellence" initiative is now studying ways that high-wage countries like Germany can maintain local production and sustain employment. "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries" is the name of the research cluster led by production scientists at the Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule (RWTH) Aachen University, a top address for engineering science in Germany and one of Europe's best. A key focus of the research effort in Aachen is to resolve what engineering scientists in the technology cluster refer to as the polylemma of production. The cluster of excellence for production technology in high-wage countries adds to the many efforts of RWTH to explore new manufacturing techniques and strategies.
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