Friday, 22. March 2019

RAL and IIT sign Agreement on Strategic Cooperation

The RAL gGmbH in Bonn and the IIT - Institute International Trendscouting at the HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim will significantly link their activities in the fields of education and training of professional colour designers as well as joint research projects on the subject of colour. As part of the trade fair "FAF- Europe's trade fair for facade design & interior architecture" in Cologne, the long-standing partners will sign a Letter of Intent on Friday, 22.03.2019, which aims to establish an “Institute FutureResearch in Design”. In the medium term, this institute, which is to be founded in the form of a non-profit association, should also be open to other partners.
"The new cooperation creates additional exciting options for our customers in the area of RAL COLOURS to cooperate with RAL", says Rüdiger Wollmann, Chairman of the Management Board of RAL. "Not least by focusing on research projects on the topics of design, colour and surfaces, we will be able to inform our customers even earlier and more competently about developments to be expected. Talking about colour alone is no longer sufficient today; our customers also expect RAL to provide sophisticated information and inspiration on surfaces and design elements".
"For the IIT at the HAWK, the cooperation with the RAL gGmbH, an internationally established German traditional brand, is an important step towards quality assurance on the subject of colour coding and colour systematics," explains institute founder Markus Schlegel. "In the future, we can guarantee our customers from industry, trade and associations comprehensive colour communication on complex topics of futurology in design." Institute partner Timo Rieke adds: "Two strong partners and market experts are joining forces in the growing market of further education and consulting for start-ups, marketing, design and architecture".


In the field of colour design/colour and surface design which is unique in Europe, the IIT Institute at the HAWK Hildesheim, Faculty of Design, deals with future and trend research in design, as well as with design and collection development with a focus on colourfulness and materials for architecture and products for industry and commerce. The Institute International Trendscouting (IIT) was founded in 2004 at the University of Applied Sciences HAWK in Hildesheim. As an expert network, the IIT of the HAWK has set itself the goal of continuing education to capture design-relevant developments and tendencies, to develop viewing models and methods of design research in order to be able to formulate and visualize well-founded scenarios for desirable futures.

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