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Cluster ProduktionNRW

ProduktionNRW is the cluster of mechanical engineering and production technology in North Rhine-Westphalia and is implemented by VDMA NRW. ProduktionNRW sees itself as a platform for networking, informing and marketing companies, institutions and networks among themselves and along the value chain. Significant parts of the services provided by ProduktionNRW are funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

On the one hand, ProduktionNRW pursues industry-specific goals and supports SMEs. On the other hand, the cluster also pursues overall social goals in the interest of NRW as a business location. This is achieved in particular by marketing NRW as an industrial and mechanical engineering location at both national and international level to the public, industry insiders and the press.

The activities of ProduktionNRW are aligned to the following two guiding themes and drive transformation, innovative strength, performance, but also the resilience of the industry in relation to existing and future challenges even further:

  • Transformation to a climate-neutral, energy- and resource-efficient economy, both in relation to one’s own sector and to the industry as a whole.
  • Crisis management and further development of the industry: Supporting SMEs in particular in coping with crises and their consequences and thus maintaining and increasing the industry’s competitiveness.

By focusing on the guiding themes and the specific challenges facing the industry and North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location, practical goals are derived for production, which are divided into the following work packages:

  • Digitization
  • Mechanical engineering as a driver of innovation
  • Globalization and Internationalization
  • Communication and securing locations
  • Institutional project management
Activities of ProduktionNRW

The mechanical and plant engineering companies based in North Rhine-Westphalia make a decisive contribution to security of supply, resource conservation and solving the problems of tomorrow. Numerous “hidden champions” develop highly specialized products in their markets for which they are internationally renowned. The global leadership position of North Rhine-Westphalia’s mechanical and plant engineering sector is based on its innovative and technological strength. ProduktionNRW deliberately places these strengths at the center of its activities and further raises the profile of the location at both national and international level. Communication anchors here are press and public relations work, participation in trade fairs and congresses.

As a basis for their own decisions, all stakeholders and interested parties benefit from ProduktionNRW’s well-networked information and communication platform. The congresses, conference and lecture series, exchanges of experience and discussion rounds organized for this purpose are carried out with the participation of regional network partners, companies, research institutions and other stakeholders. The events, which are strictly geared to the needs of the target group, have established themselves as well-attended industry meetings. They provide participants with impetus as well as best practices and recommendations for action – whether between companies in the same or different industries or between companies and universities. In addition, many industry players make use of the numerous information offerings such as the website, newsletters, statistics, studies and mailings, which provide them with the latest industry information.

ProduktionNRW aims to have as broad an impact as possible in NRW and beyond. New ties are to be fostered, existing ones strengthened, and potentials and synergies exploited – both on a national and international level. This includes, in particular, the exchange of experience and the transfer of knowledge. By working together in this way, the companies significantly strengthen their competitiveness and contribute to an efficient value chain in North Rhine-Westphalia as an industrial location.

Regional networks as partners

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