Strong partnerships

OstWestfalenLippe has always had a clear culture of cooperation. By working closely with other national and international technology regions and clusters, it’s OWL makes an important contribution to establishing OstWestfalenLippe as a center for cutting-edge technology. Successful cooperation enhances the performance of the Leading-Edge Cluster, increases the visibility of the OstWestfalenLippe region worldwide, and at the same time expands the network of cluster partners.

International cooperation


An official visit to Beijing in March 2013 marked the beginning of our cooperation with the Beijing Association for Science and Technology (BAST). Two young researchers from OstWestfalenLippe accompanied the group and successfully represented Germany at the 33rd Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition, taking home a gold and silver medal for their entries.

In-depth discussions with companies and institutes (including the renowned Beijing Institute of Technology) in subject areas related to the Leading-Edge Cluster also took place in Beijing, during which a cooperative agreement (memorandum of understanding) was signed. Joint projects between regional universities, bilateral official visits and cultural exchange programs are planned for the future.


The Turkish Machinery Promotion Group, a network of 8,000 Turkish mechanical engineering firms and suppliers, represents a partner region with substantial technological expertise and important contacts in the Arab market. A cooperative agreement (memorandum of understanding) with an emphasis on acquisition, product development and sales was signed at Hannover Messe 2013. In addition to international research and training projects, there are also plans for both partners to appear together at trade fairs in Germany and Turkey. 


Cooperation with the Finnish innovation network HERMIA began back in 2011. As a partner of the Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL, HERMIA exhibited right next to the OWL group stand at Hannover Messe 2013.
In July 2013, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the FIMECC (Finnish Strategic Centre for Science) cluster and the Leading-Edge Cluster it’s OWL as part of the Manufacturing Performance Days in Tampere. The aim of the cooperation is to develop joint projects for regional universities and to promote the development of both clusters by sharing experience.   

Networking with other Leading-Edge Clusters

EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr

This efficiency cluster looks at the world from a logistics perspective, tackling the societal challenge of preserving resources and the environment. The topics addressed by it’s OWL and EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr are complementary in many respects and offer excellent starting points for cooperation. A highlight of the ongoing networking efforts for both clusters is their participation in the NRW regional working group for the German Chancellor’s IT summit in 2012. 


The availability of suitable software is becoming increasingly important in the development of intelligent technical systems, making cooperation with the Software-Cluster particularly valuable for it’s OWL. Regular official visits and meetings between cluster organizations to share experience are just the start of the joint activities.

Electric Mobility South-West

The Electric Mobility South-West cluster deals predominantly with technology fields relating to automotive construction, energy technology and information and communication technologies (ICT). Cooperation with it’s OWL began when both clusters participated in the kick-off to the program of technology events entitled “solutions”. Official visits strengthen the partnership and provide regular opportunities for both organizations to share knowledge.