Europe’s coolest knowledge factory is in the Innviertel

The Future Lab in Gurten is a modern learning workshop for all generations. Fill Machine Engineering is behind the unique creative space for digital talent.

Covering 140 square meters, the transgenerational “Future Lab” think tank provides very special educational opportunities. In a creative, modern learning environment, children, young people, and the young at heart can acquaint themselves with technologies of the future. In a playful way, they can acquire tomorrow’s knowledge and expertise, thereby discovering their interests and future career paths. The Future Lab is not only a talent laboratory but also a creative space and open think tank where many ingenious and innovative projects can evolve.

Gurten, 17 December 2020 – “Our intention is to make the Fill Future Lab Europe’s coolest knowledge factory for digital talent and innovative minds. Partners from industry and research are cooperating with training facilities. Under the motto ‘Discover your genius’, this is establishing a dynamic skills network for young people,” explains CEO and proprietor Andreas Fill.

Open think tank
The state-of-the-art Future Lab has been conceived for the widest variety of target groups, beginning with stations for children from three years of age, to elementary and secondary school pupils, through to apprentices, high school students, and adults. However, Fill’s partners, customers, and suppliers also have the opportunity to collaborate here on new ideas, innovations, and cooperations. In this way, joint projects with a regional reference for sustainable networking are being established across all industries and generations.

Eight laboratories for inquisitive explorers
The Future Lab essentially consists of eight laboratories: Media-Lab Smart-Lab VR-Lab, Robo-Lab, Mobility-Lab, Making-Lab, Health-Lab, and Data-Lab. Each of these is a self-contained learning unit where attendees can acquaint themselves playfully and intuitively with subjects covering digitalization, research, technology, and innovation.

Holodeck – the coolest classroom
In addition to the Future Lab, the exceptional “Holodeck” presentation and training room is also available to learning units. Events, workshops, lectures, seminars, and lessons are turned into an incomparable experience for the participants. The “Holodeck” offers the perfect atmosphere for groups of every age. An imposing 360-degree LED wall, perfect cinema sound, comfortable lounge furniture for up to 50 people. The laboratory of the future is housed in the new Fill Future Zone building in Gurten. Together with project partner “Otelo eGen”, Fill has created a modular workshop for thinking laterally and working creatively in a state-of-the-art environment and opened a window for future innovations.

Corporate data
Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production. Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics, and wood for the automotive, aircraft, wind energy, sport, and building industries. The company is the global market and innovation leader in aluminum core removal technology, casting technology, wood bandsaw technology, as well as in ski and snowboard production machines. Andreas Fill (CEO), Martin Reiter (CSO), Alois Wiesinger (CTO), and Günter Redhammer (COO) are the managing directors of the company founded in 1966, which is still completely family-owned and now has about 920 employees. In 2019 the company recorded sales of around 169 million euros.

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