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The Kompetenznetz ProduktionNRW

ProduktionNRW is the competence network 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 European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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

The activities of the Kompetenznetz ProduktionNRW are focused on the following topics and drive innovation and performance of the industry even further:

  • Digitization
  • Mechanical engineering as a driver of innovation
  • Globalization and Internationalization
  • General conditions and resource potential

ProduktionNRW pursues the following goals, among others, which are derived from the specific challenges facing the industry and North Rhine-Westphalia as a business location:

  • Maintaining and strengthening as well as initiating new value chains
  • Excellence and innovation in production technology with a special focus on the topic of digitization of industry/economy
  • Marketing, strengthening and profiling NRW as an industrial location – especially in future fields such as Industry 4.0, additive manufacturing, electromobility, lightweight construction, virtual reality, augmented reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, use of big data, alternative energy sources or the circular economy
  • Paving the way for innovation, technology transfer and research funding
  • Strengthening and further development of a culture of innovation as well as a change in leadership behavior in this direction.
  • Promoting the development of new business areas
  • Strengthening the idea of cooperation at the entrepreneurial, scientific and political level
  • Information on the internationalization of corporate activities
  • Contributions and solutions to resource and energy efficiency for a wide range of users and promotion of the lean principle
  • Mitgestaltung des demographischen Wandels, Sicherung von Fachkräften und Ingenieuren für den Industriestandort Nordrhein-Westfalen
Aktivitäten von 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 held 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 networks the relevant players from the mechanical and plant engineering sector – both nationally and internationally – with the aim of promoting new ties, strengthening existing ones and exploiting joint potential and synergies. This includes, in particular, the exchange of experience and the transfer of knowledge. Through such cooperation – especially in technology development and market implementation – companies significantly strengthen their competitiveness and contribute to an efficient value chain in North Rhine-Westphalia as an industrial location.

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