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The bundling of knowledge and competences through thematic and regional networks and clusters represents an important instrument for the optimisation and acceleration of innovation processes in Rhineland-Palatinate. As an integral part of the Rhineland-Palatinate innovation strategy, the state's cluster strategy aims to pool measures and initiatives related to clusters in order to achieve synergies as well as increases in efficiency and effectiveness. It is based on the six potential areas identified within the framework of the innovation strategy. These potential areas are characterised by special regional location competences in science and industry, specific application markets, social challenges, competences and potentials in key and cross-sectional technologies as well as existing cluster and network structures.

The state currently supports a total of 14 technology-oriented clusters and networks that are active in the six identified potential areas.

Potential areas Life sciences/Health economy

  • Cluster for Individualized ImmuneIntervention (Ci3) (Winner of the BMBF Leading-Edge Clusters Competition)
  • Diabetes Cluster Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Rheuma-VOR on site

Potential areas Information and communication technology, Software systems

  • Software Cluster (Winner of the BMBF Leading-Edge Clusters Competition)

Potential areas Automotive and Commercial vehicle industry

  • Commercial Vehicle Alliance (CVA): consisting of the two clusters/networks Commercial Vehicle Cluster – Nutzfahrzeug GmbH (CVC), the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster "Digital Commercial Vehicle Technology" and the Center for Commercial Vehicle Technology (ZNT) as additional partners
  • FI-RLP – The Rhineland-Palatinate Vehicle Initiative

Potential areas Materials sciences, Materials, Surface finishing

  • The Competence Network for Plastic Technology „Kom-K-Tec"
  • CC Carbon Composites West – Southwest Regional Department based in Kaiserslautern, Germany

Potential areas Energy, Environmental technology, Resource efficiency

  • Application of intelligent stationary energy storage systems – StoREgio
  • Ecoliance Rhineland-Palatinate

Potential areas Micro systems technology, Sensor technology, Automation

  • Innovation Platform for Magnetic Microsystems– INNOMAG
  • SmartFactory KL
  • Optence e.V.

In addition to these topic-related networks, regional knowledge and innovation alliances have been founded in recent years in Kaiserslautern, Koblenz, Mainz and Trier. This close cooperation has several advantages for the actors and the region itself. It will broaden the basis for regional research cooperation, intensify knowledge and technology transfer and improve marketing for the science and business location. With the knowledge and innovation alliances, the initiatives and measures achieved so far will be interlinked even more strongly in the region and future potentials for the region can be recognised and exploited at an early stage.

(last update: June 2019)