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The Cluster

Welcoming Address by Cluster Spokesman Professor Ulrich Berger

Industrial production is the basis of wealth in modern societies. Consistent linking of the industry with information and communication technologies is currently taking place in the form of transformation of value-added chains and industrial service structures called Industry 4.0. Innovative solutions must be developed and implemented to minimise resulting risks and utilise arising opportunities. This will allow us to succeed in global competition despite scarce resources and shortage of skilled workforce.

It is the foremost task of industrial, trade and crafts enterprises to maintain and improve their capacity for innovation and competitiveness. Brandenburg's Metal Cluster has supported and strengthened these activities, since November 2012, by creating systematic and purpose-orientated links among enterprises and scientific institutions. The carefully coordinated efforts aimed at the economic development of regional centres of growth, districts, and the federal state are to give rise to new synergy effects and make room for supra-regional cooperation. Systematic closing and extending of value-added chains in metal processing and intelligent specialisation are key priorities in this respect. Experience has taught us this lesson: We are strong on our own, but stronger if we act jointly.

My wish: Share your ideas and initiatives with the Brandenburg Metal Cluster as a joint platform of businesspeople, scientists, politicians, and administrators to strengthen Brandenburg metal industries as the traditional industrial backbone of the state.

Yours, Ulrich Berger

About the Cluster

The Brandenburg Metal Cluster includes companies, networks, scientific and educational facilities, economic development organisations and businesspeople, scientists, politicians and administrators that are jointly committed to advancing the metal industry as the backbone of Brandenburg's economic structure. The existing manifold initiatives and structures from and for enterprises are supported and extended with the objective to develop existing resources and increase the appeal for industrial settlement.

Priorities of cluster activities include intensified presentation of potentials of Brandenburg's metal industry to the public, exploration of new synergy effects among cluster players, transfer of experience and technology, and internationalisation. Further networking within the metal industry and utilisation of the know-how of scientific and economic development facilities are imperative to secure competitiveness and future economic viability of Brandenburg's metal industry, primarily of small and medium-sized enterprises. Partners cooperate in developing suitable formats with numerous initiatives that have been successful for years; all these activities are summarised in a master plan with areas of action and projects.

Since many metal companies are suppliers of important industries such as the automotive, energy technology, and electrical, there are interfaces with clusters shared with the State of Berlin, in particular, in the fields of energy technology and transportation, mobility, and logistics. Cross-sectional issues such as materials, production engineering and automation technology, and clean technologies are addressed as drivers of development, and they intensify interdisciplinary cooperation. Innovative companies can utilise additional synergy effects to develop new products and processes, explore new or international markets, or cooperate with experts from universities, colleges and non-academic institutions.

A Strategic Advisory Council supports the work of the cluster.

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Chairman of the Advisory Council
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Berger
BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Chair of Automation Technology
Chairman of the Berlin-Brandenburg chapter of the Association of German Engineers

Ilona Glawion
Metallbau Glawion GmbH
Managing Director

Nele Hess (successor of Heinz Hoffmann)
IG Metall, district of Berlin-Brandenburg and Saxony (metalworkers' union)
Economic and structural policy

Thomas Huch
Huch - Behälterbau GmbH
Managing Partner

Jens Jankowsky
East Brandenburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK)
Technology and Innovation Officer

Henrik Klohs
East Brandenburg Trade Board
Innovation and Technology Officer
Project Manager, eBusiness Lotse Ostbrandenburg

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Martin Melzer
Wildau Technical University
Dean of Engineering/Industrial Engineering

Dr. Andreas Müller
ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt GmbH
Head of Cold Rolling Mill Technology

Reinhard Pätz
German Engineering Federation (VDMA)
Managing Director, VDMA East

Dr. Norbert Pietsch
Kjellberg Finsterwalde Group
Chairman of the Board of the Kjellberg Foundation

Prof. Dr. sc. techn. Ulrich Schmucker
Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF)
Head of the Virtual Engineering Division

Torsten Fritz
Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy
of the State of Brandenburg
Head of the Department for Industry and Digital Infrastructure

Thomas Strotkötter
GEA AWP GmbH
Managing Director

Prof. Dr.- Ing. habil. Sabine Weiß
Panta Rhei gGmbH

Sven Weickert
Employers' Association of the Metal and Electrical Industries (VME)
Head of the Innovation Policy Department

Bernd H. Williams-Boock
Ortrander Eisenhütte GmbH
Managing Director

Oliver Windeck
Metallbau Windeck GmbH
Managing Director

We invite you to work with us in the cluster. The Metal Cluster is developed through the ideas and activities of its companies, research institutions, networks, and associations. Participants benefit from an information edge, involvement in projects, increased visibility and presence, and easier access to know-how. The cluster manager and regional managers in the Wirtschaftsförderung Brandenburg Regional Centres will be happy to provide further information. You can find the information flyer on the cluster in the bottom right corner under the Download section.