Leading Clusters in Germany

Germany has many clusters, each with a different industry focus (e.g. microelectronics, aviation, or life sciences) but all sharing a common format. In these regional networks, large companies can be found working with startups,  SMEs and local universities or scientific institutes to develop innovative products and services for the global market.

June, 2018

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1 – It’s OWL

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Paderborn (head office), Bielefeld, Gütersloh
  • Members: 180+, e.g. Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG, Miele & Cie. KG, GEA Westfalia Separator Group GmbH
  • Research facilities: i.a. University of Bielefeld, University of Paderborn, Fraunhofer Institute
  • Industries: machinery & equipment, automotive engineering, electrical & electronics industry
  • Research focus: Industrie 4.0 and intelligent technological systems

2 – MAI Carbon

  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: Augsburg (head office), Munich, Ingolstadt
  • Members: 120+, e.g. Audi AG, BMW AG, SGL Group
  • Research facilities: i.a. Fraunhofer Institute, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Munich University of Applied Sciences
  • Industries: materials processing, automotive engineering, aerospace
  • Research focus: carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics, lightweight design

3 – Silicon Saxony – Cool Silicon

  • Founded: 2000
  • Location: Dresden (head office), Leipzig, Chemnitz
  • Members: 300+, e.g. Infineon Technologies Dresden GmbH, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG
  • Research facilities: i.a. Dresden University of Technology, Fraunhofer Institute, Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden
  • Industries: microelectronics, information and communication technology, mobile communications
  • Research focus: nanotechnology, smart systems

4 – EMN European Medical Valley

  • Founded: 2010
  • Location: Erlangen (head office), Nürnberg, Würzburg, Bayreuth, Bamberg
  • Members: 160+, e.g. Bio-Gate AG, e.Bavarian Health GmbH, medi GmbH
  • Research facilities: i.a. Fraunhofer Institute, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, TITV Greiz – The Institute for Special Textiles and Flexible Materials
  • Industries: healthcare, medical engineering
  • Research focus: healthcare

5 – Life Science Nord 

  • Founded: 2004
  • Location: Hamburg, Lower Saxony (head office) and Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein
  • Members: 500+, e.g. Basler AG, Beiersdorf AG, Philips GmbH, Evotech AG, Sanofi
  • Research facilities: i.a. Kiel University, Hamburg University of Technology, Fraunhofer Institute
  • Industries: medical engineering, biotechnology, life sciences, innovative medicine
  • Research focus: biotechnology

6 – Hamburg Aviation

  • Founded: 2008
  • Location: Hamburg
  • Members: 150+, e.g. Airbus Operations GmbH, Lufthansa Technik AG, Hamburg Airport, Henkel, Schenker Deutschland AG, Hutchinson Aerospace
  • Research facilities: i.a. Hamburg University, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Hamburg Center of Aviation Training
  • Industries: aviation
  • Research focus: aircraft construction, airlift systems

7 – Forum Organic Electronics 

  • Founded: 2008
  • Location: Heidelberg (head office), Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Mannheim
  • Members: 30+, e.g. BASF, SAP, Merck
  • Research facilities: i.a. Universitites of Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Darmstadt, and Mannheim, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Industries: electronics and photonics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information and communication technology, environmental sciences
  • Research focus: organic electronics

8 – WAB

  • Founded: 2002
  • Location: Bremerhaven (head office), Bremen, Berlin
  • Members: 350+, e.g. Deutsche Windtechnik AG, GE Grid GmbH, Hanseatic Power Cert GmbH
  • Research facilities: i.a. German Aerospace Center (DLR), Fraunhofer Institute, Bremen University, Siemens
  • Industries: wind energy, maritime industries
  • Research focus: wind energy, onshore and offshore