The Leading-Edge Cluster initiative MAI Carbon which was founded at the suggestion of Carbon Composites e.V. (CCeV) is made up of 72 businesses, educational and research institutions as well as organizations from the Munich-Augsburg-Ingolstadt region. The founding partners of MAI Carbon are: Audi, BMW, Premium AEROTEC, Eurocopter, Voith and SGL Group, as well as the IHK Schwaben, the department for carbon composites (LCC) of the TU Munich and CCeV itself. All partners are active in the technological field of fiber-reinforced composite materials, in particular in the area of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Emphasis is placed on the user areas automobile and aerospace as well as mechanical and plant engineering. The main objective that MAI Carbon is pursuing is to make the substance carbon fit for serial production and to turn the Munich-Augsburg-Ingolstadt region into a European competence center for CFRP lightweight construction.