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Cluster policy in Schleswig-Holstein aims at intertwining business, science, and politics in form of joint activities. Knowledge and competencies are sought to be transferred, mutual ideas and concerns fostered, and cross-technology and -sector innovation potential developed in order to generate new added value in Schleswig-Holstein. In this context, the state government supports cluster managements in relevant future growth sectors in which the state already displays great capabilities. Cluster promotion thus also serves as a means to realise the concept of “intelligent specialisation” of European regions. The strategic basis for the chosen fields of specialisation builds the “Regional Innovation Strategy Schleswig-Holstein”.

Cluster Managements in Schleswig Holstein

IT, Media, Design – DiWiSH

Digitalisation, industry 4.0, knowledge society – modern economies are inconceivable without information and communication technology. As cross-section technologies they inspire innovation and competitiveness in other industries as well. Currently, roughly 170 businesses actively engage in diverse cluster activities across the state, particularly in specialised DiWiSH-units. Here, one focal point is software development. The cluster management pools computer science skills of the Universität Kiel and Lübeck and fosters knowledge and technology transfer – especially in the areas of automated software construction and modernisation – into the business sector. Another key component is the integration of design competencies. Ideas and concepts related to design in the development and marketing of new products constitute especially important factors for competitiveness when combined with hard- and software expertise. Specific design processes furthermore provide blueprints for successful innovation processes.

Food Industry – foodRegio

The food industry has a longstanding tradition in Schleswig-Holstein and belongs to the most important branches of the manufacturing sector. Founded in 2005 in the Lübeck region, the sector network aims at long-term capacity building of the local food industry. To achieve sustainable output, almost 70 businesses are mentored and supported and new members acquired. Topics dealt with in the working groups include procurement and logistics, innovation, quality and certification, as well as questions on packaging, market opportunities, and communication strategies. Innovative projects and campaigns promote and visualise the companies for professionals. Scientific institutions contribute application-oriented competence into the network.

Renewable Energy – EE.SH

Renewable energies in the areas of wind, biomass, and photovoltaics are an important economic factor in the energy revolution state Schleswig-Holstein. In cooperation with the competence centre Renewable Energy and Climate Protection, the cluster management identifies competencies and cooperation possibilities with universities and scientific institutions. Small businesses thereby also get a chance to implement ideas for innovation. EE.SH activities focus on, among others, memory technology, sector coupling, and the development of comprehensive energy and mobility concepts.

Life Sciences – LSN

The cluster Life Science Nord combines enterprises, universities, scientific institutions and clinics, and specialised services in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein that are active in biotechnology, pharmaceutics, and medical engineering. Alongside the association Life Sciences Nord e.V., the cluster management advocates interests of more than 220 members. Special characteristic of the cluster is the representation of a broad basis of businesses and complete value chains: Clinics compile information on medical needs and challenges. Universities and research facilities, often in cooperation with companies, develop diverse technologies and problem-solving approaches. These are then tested in clinical studies and refined to marketable products by the companies. Realisation and production occurs with inclusion of supplier and service enterprises.

Maritime Economy – MCN

The Schleswig-Holstein office of the Maritime Cluster Norddeutschland (MCN) has strengthened collaboration in the maritime economy for more than ten years and actively operates in the shipbuilding and shipbuilding supplier industries, ocean engineering, and maritime technology for offshore wind. As a cross-state actor in a five-state-network, the MCN connects about 330 members from industry, politics, and science. The mix of diverse maritime sectors as well as intensive support of businesses and their thematic grouping fosters dialogue and paves the way for joint projects and innovations.

Tourism-Cluster Schleswig-Holstein

The main tasks of the cluster management tourism lie in monitoring and controlling as well as in increasing competitiveness of businesses and sustainable development support for the tourism sector. Small and medium-sized enterprises are the heart of tourism in Schleswig-Holstein. Acting under the motto “GastgeberWerft SH” (HostingShipyard Schleswig-Holstein), the cluster management supplies concrete tools to the businesses involved so as to strengthen their commercial operations. Cluster activities include regional information sessions on issues such as corporate strategies, changing customer expectations, new marketing channels, and more.

(last update: September 2018)