What people are saying about the Leading-Edge Cluster

"The largest project in Industry 4.0 at the present time is the BMBF Leading-Edge Cluster it's OWL", says Wikipedia. The collection of quotes below illustrate what decision-makers, experts and members expect of us and our Industry 4.0 solutions.

Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka
Federal Ministry of Education and Research

“In the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition, the scientific and commercial fields work closely together to translate research results into practice as quickly as possible. The 15 Leading-Edge Clusters are therefore an important part of the High-Tech Strategy, which combines the federal government’s research and innovation strategies. The Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL hopes to connect engineering and IT more strongly to Industry 4.0. I wish all of those involved every success in this important strategic initiative.”


Garrelt Duin
Minister for Economics, Energy, Industry and Commerce in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

“Mechanical engineering and the electrical and electronics industries are particularly important for North Rhine-Westphalia as an industrial center. This is no different in the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region, where they are an important focus for innovation, added value and employment. Linking them with information and communications technology leads to intelligent technical systems. In this sense, the cluster it’s OWL is providing outstanding support for businesses to shape the markets of tomorrow.”


Svenja Schulze
Minister for Innovation, Science and Research in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

“Whether it’s climate change or dwindling resources, major societal challenges require the commercial, scientific and research communities to work closely together with a focus on people. it’s OWL is a excellent example of this and a great asset to the scientific community in OWL and NRW!”


Dr. Klaus Mittelbach
Executive board chairman, ZVEI – Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Elektronikindustrie e.V.

“In today’s internet economy, speed has become a crucial competitive factor. Fortunately, the Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL has picked up this tempo and is already working on concrete solutions for Industry 4.0 – in other words, for automation technology – with support from strong medium-sized enterprises.”


Franz Loogen
CEO, e-mobil BW GmbH

“By developing intelligent technical systems and components, the clusters it’s OWL and Electric Mobility South-West are helping to shape future mobility solutions in a significant way. Both Leading-Edge Clusters are supporting the federal government’s High-Tech Strategy by creating the ideal climate for specific innovations to be developed.”


Prof. Dr. Otthein Herzog Jacobs University Bremen

Prof. Dr. Otthein Herzog
Jacobs University Bremen

“Germany is still internationally competitive, but intelligent technical systems for production and logistics must be researched and developed to ensure that German industry remains in the lead in the future. The excellent interaction between research and industry in the Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL will make a crucial contribution to achieving the goal of Industry 4.0!”


Wolf D. Meier-Scheuven
Spokesman for Produktion.NRW, managing partner at Boge Kompressoren

“North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the strongest mechanical engineering areas in Germany. The projects conducted by it’s OWL are developing innovative solutions to make this industry more competitive. By working together as part of Produktion.NRW, we will harness these technologies for use by companies throughout North Rhine-Westphalia.”


Sevda Kayhan Yilmaz
Board member, Turkish Machinery Promotion Group

“The Turkish Machinery Promotion Group represents 8,000 machinery manufacturers. Our partnership with the German Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL will provide us with access to top-level research and strengthen our international supplier network.”


Hans Beckhoff
Managing partner, Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG

“The combination of technological and global market leaders in mechanical engineering, the electronics industry and the automotive supply sector, as well as internationally renowned cutting-edge research lays an extremely strong foundation for our Leading-Edge Cluster. This industrial and commercial basis makes it possible to drive the integration of automation and mechanics even further toward intelligent technical systems. We are confident that our Leading-Edge Cluster will provide a long-term boost to technology, science and the competitiveness of businesses, the OWL region and Germany.”


Roland Bent
CEO, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG

“The use of information and communications technology allows us to tap into considerable potential for optimization in automation technology. Our cluster offers excellent conditions for this, allowing businesses to expand their market position. Everyone is talking about “Industry 4.0” – we are developing concrete solutions for it.”


Dr. Peter Köhler
Board spokesman, Weidmüller Group

“Our research institutes are world leaders in the field of intelligent technical systems. In the technology network, we combine research results with companies’ practical experience and expertise in concrete applications. In this way, we are using new technologies to strengthen our capacity for innovation, and at the same time creating a competitive edge for the whole region.”