07 June 2022 - it's OWL at Hannover Messe

Strong flagship for the OWL region

What does the industry of the future look like? That is what 24 companies and research institutions are showing at the OWL joint stand at the Hannover Messe. From intelligent data evaluation to assembly assistance and sustainable mobility: The practical solutions are meeting with a great response. This is confirmed not only by the trade visitors, but also by representatives from politics.

"After two years of pandemic, Hannover Messe is a good opportunity for us to present OstWestfalenLippe as a pioneer for the industry of tomorrow and a high-tech location with attractive jobs in business and science. The response in the first three days was excellent. The exhibitors reported good contacts and discussions. And politicians and international delegations are also interested in the many innovations from OWL," says Wolfgang Marquardt, authorized signatory of OstWestfalenLippe GmbH, which is organizing the stand together with owl maschinenbau and it's OWL cluster management.

For example, Judith Pirscher, State Secretary from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, State Secretary Christoph Dammermann from the NRW Ministry of Economics and the Members of the Bundestag Ralph Brinkhaus and Oliver Vogt visited the OWL trade fair stand. International delegations from Finland, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, Sweden and Singapore established contacts and sought cooperation opportunities. For example, Singapore and it's OWL are cooperating in technology scouting to bring together start-ups from Singapore and companies from OWL

A building block of the OWL-Canada cooperation

For it's OWL, this is not the first cooperation with Canada: Already in spring 2018, a delegation of high-ranking Canadian companies visited the technology network with the aim of exploring cooperation opportunities. With success: contacts made two years ago resulted in a cooperation with the innovation region of British Columbia. The cooperation dealt with the question of how technology networks can cooperate in a more targeted and stronger way to achieve global top positions. Joint meetings between it's OWL and the University of British Columbia (UBC) resulted in three projects, ARISE, EASY and its-3DL, with German and Canadian industrial and scientific partners working together to develop innovative solutions in the field of AI.

New goal: further cooperation projects

Now it is a matter of filling the agreement with NGen with life and putting words into action. "Although we are already well positioned in OWL when it comes to the digital and sustainable transformation of companies, we still need input from outside. Relationships with complementary partners like the Supercluster NGen can give us access to international knowledge. That is why we are already in talks with the Canadian partners to develop joint project ideas," says Korder. The partners' goal is to establish transatlantic research and industry cooperation.