The founders

Bastian Behrens, M. Sc.

Managing director


Raphael Setz, M. Sc.

Technical director


Bastian Behrens is a master’s graduate at Technical University Munich. He studied aerospace engineering with a major in lightweight design and functional structures as well as aeronautical engineering. In addition to his studies, he has gained extensive practical experience in the field of carbon fibre-reinforced plastics by working as a student trainee for KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH, GE Global Research and Airbus Group Innovations.

Since the founding of Blackwave GmbH, Bastian Behrens has been responsible for business development and project management as executive partner.

Raphael Setz is a master’s graduate at Technical University Munich. He studied mechanical engineering with a major in lightweight design and functional structures as well as basic engineering principles. As part of his studies at Airbus and during his work at various chairs of the TUM, he has developed profound knowledge and experience on the material properties of carbon fibre reinforced plastics as well as the design and manufacture of complex carbon fibre structures.

Since the founding of Blackwave GmbH, Raphael Setz has been responsible for the areas of production, research and development as executive partner.

The story

The two founders, Bastian Behrens and Raphael Setz, met during their studies at the Technical University Munich. At the Formula Student team of TUM (www.tufast.de), they gained experience as a team in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre reinforced plastics. From 2012 onwards, they intensively dealt with the topic of Carbon-SMC through their research activities at Airbus Group Innovations in Munich. In order to tap the potential of technology for industrial applications, the Blackwave project was supported by the EXIST program of the BMWi (www.exist.de). Since January 2016, the two founders have been able to concentrate fully on their idea through the scholarship at the Chair for Carbon Composites: To build the necessary infrastructure to cost-efficiently produce complex carbon fibre components and to help shape the lightweight market. Blackwave GmbH, headquartered in Taufkirchen, started operations in April 2016 and since then has been serving customers in the fields of mobility, aerospace and mechanical engineering.

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Clients

For customers in various industries, Blackwave has successfully manufactured and delivered parts made of Carbon-SMC. The components are convincing as highly efficient lightweight parts as well as innovative design applications.

Partners

With the powerful partners of their network, Blackwave is always able to find and implement the best solutions for the different requirements of their customers.

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