Austrian Competences in Aeronautics Technology

LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen GmbH

LKR is a subsidiary of AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and forms as ‘Light Metals Technologies Ranshofen’ one of 2 business units in AIT’s Center for Low-Emission Transport. LKR’s research topics are ‘Customised Materials Development’, ‘Process Development and Optimisation’ and ‘Material Based Design’, concentrating on new Al and Mg alloys for usage in transportation means including a/c.

Technologies and competences

LKR’s focus on new Al & Mg alloys is accompanied by R&D on innovative manufacturing methods along the process chain as well as the appropriate part design considering through process modelling, incl. casting, extrusion, forging, sheet metal forming, milling, turning or joining. Recent successes include non-flammable magnesium alloys as well as additive manufacturing aluminium alloys.

Fields of Activity Research Development Production
Aircraft (complete)      
Aircraft structures and parts yes yes  
Engines yes yes  
Cabin interiors and furnishing (incl. cargo hold) yes yes  
Materials and manufacturing technologies yes yes  
Cockpit equipment and aircraft electronics yes yes  
Systems yes yes  
Air traffic infrastructure and air traffic control applications      
Ground test and training equipment yes yes  

Products and services in aviation

  • development of increased properties of high strength aluminium alloys
  • innovative magnesium alloys with properties beyond state-of-the-art
  • optimising manufacturing processes by both experim. & numerical tools
  • support in R&D of a/c systems e.g. seats, UAV, de-icing, ELT, ..

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Center for Low-Emission Transport, Light Metals Technologies Ranshofen

Lamprechtshausener Str. 61
5282 Ranshofen, Austria
+43 50550-6900


Rudolf Gradinger

Employees 10 - 50
Turnover 5 - 10 M€
Export quota aviation 0 %
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Last update: 2017-01-31