The technology network
The technology network “it’s OWL” (short for Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe) is an alliance of 180 businesses, universities, research institutes and organizations working together to make the innovative leap from mechatronics to intelligent technical systems.
The Leading-Edge Cluster pools the resources of global market leaders in mechanical engineering and the electrical, electronics and automotive supply industries, as well as internationally renowned, cutting-edge research institutes. The objective they share is to secure the OWL region a leading position among global competitors in the field of intelligent technical systems.
The commercial and scientific members of the technology network work together on 46 applied research projects worth a total of around EUR 100 million. In this way, the partners will develop technologies for a new generation of products and production systems over five years.
In January 2012, the joint development strategy was one of the winners in the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The competition is the flagship of the German federal government’s High-Tech Strategy. Its aim is to support high-performance clusters and strengthen regional potential for innovation. The technology network it’s OWL receives EUR 40 million in subsidies and the right to call itself a “Leading-Edge Cluster”.