The Neckar-Alb business landscape is dominated by mid-sized companies, with everything from young up-and-comers to world market leaders in a diverse range of industries. This page provides an overview of the region's many clusters and the cluster initiatives formed by these companies. Because no matter how new or how shiny, there are no modern means of communication that can ever replace the one thing every successful company needs: Face-to-face contact.
Regional clusters and networks actively bring together companies from the following key industries: Mechanical engineering, automotive, biotechnology, medical technology, textiles, and timber and renewable energies. Closely knit networks lead to synergies and spill-over effects that guarantee the economic success of the Swabian region, while improved communication between companies and research institutions allows each industry to distinguish itself from competitors outside of the Neckar-Alb region.
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH promotes the creation and development of – and cooperation between – biotechnology companies working in the field of medicine, placing particular focus on regenerative biology and medicine. The cluster’s initiatives promote cross-sector and transnational synergies, as well as the convergence of the life science and automation industries. Furthermore, it helps its members apply for funding and corporate financing in order to encourage a strong, competitive industry. Over the years, BioRegio STERN has built up its own infrastructure for information within the industry.
This network represents a total of 46 automotive suppliers in the Neckar-Alb region and supports its members by creating synergies and providing research and new market impulses. The position of the supplier industry is thus strengthened and their interests represented both regionally and internationally. This network helps its members to overcome the increasing pressures of the industry caused by shortened product cycles and strict international quality standards. Just a few examples of the cluster's activities and achievements include the TecNet groups and the practice of joint patent applications among member companies.
IHK Reutlingen Network Automotive
This cluster fosters the transfer of knowledge and technology between universities and the industry. The association exists to promote the next generation of professionals and further develop the current range of available jobs while simultaneously representing its members' interests in economic and political circles to help create optimal conditions for a powerful and innovative industry. By improving continued education and training offers for the medical technology industry, the region’s already notable lead in this field can be maintained and expanded.
Medical Valley Hechingen
The Reutlingen Chamber of Industry and Commerce's medical technology network combines the activities of various regional organizations and supplements them with their own in-house services, such as cross-industry networking between members and contact to other cluster initiatives.
This cluster initiative is used to bundle traditional regional competencies and support groundbreaking innovations. Both classical textile manufacturers and technical textile companies can turn to this cluster for advancement and support. The cluster's work groups promote the internationalization of the industry and the creation of innovative projects. World leaders in the textile industry such as Groz-Beckert KG and Stoll GmbH are members of this strong cluster and shining examples of the Neckar-Alb industry's success.
Neckar-Alb Technical Textiles Cluster
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