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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 22 March, 2010
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
Cluster Excellence Baden-Wuerttemberg
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
AutomotiveCluster RheinMainNeckar c/o IHK Darmstadt
Automotive-Dialog Heilbronn c/o Wirtschaftsförderung Raum Heilbronn GmbH
Cluster Nutzfahrzeuge Schwaben e.V. (CNS) c/o Industrie- und Handelskammer Ulm
IHK-Netzwerk Automotive c/o Industrie- und Handelskammer Reutlingen
Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH Region Ostwürttemberg (WIRO)
Clusterinitiative Automotive Region Stuttgart - CARS c/o Wirtschafts-förderung Region Stuttgart GmbH
Wirtschaftsregion Südwest GmbH (WSW)
IHK Schwarzwald-Baar Heuberg
Baden-Württemberg International
Cluster Management Team: 
Dr. Verena
Cluster Manager
+49 (0)711/22998-37
Dr. Claudia
Cluster Manager
+49 (0)711/22998-45
Cluster Manager
+49 (0)711/22998-11
Dr. Bernhard
Cluster Manager
+49 (0)711/22998-40
Cluster Manager
49 (0)711 / 22835 – 43
Dr. Rolf
Cluster Manager
+49 (0)711/22998-42
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Downstream Metal Products
Technology fields: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
3D printing
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Advanced materials
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
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Cluster Strategy

automotive-bw bundles the competences of the vehicle industry throughout the whole of Baden-Württemberg and in particular intends to support small and medium-sized component suppliers in managing the structural transformation and in developing business models which are fit for the future.

The aim is to systematically press ahead with the networking of the automotive industry in the country and to promote development co-operations. To the extent that OEMs and system suppliers form a network and cooperate worldwide, particularly small and medium-sized component suppliers should also be encouraged to bundle their forces by means of co-operations. The cooperation of the network partners, mostly regional business development agencies or initiatives of the Chambers of Commerce in the country, is coordinated by the RKW Baden-Württemberg – it is the central funding organisation and office of automotive-bw and additionally also organises nationwide offers and events such as the annual "component supplier conference automobile". A close cooperation exists with the State Agences e-mobil BW and Leichtbau BW.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
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Working groups for innovative automotive solutions

To work together on future topics, which are of concern for the automotive industry: this possibility is offered by the TecNet-Groups of automotive-bw. The three TecNets electric mobility, lightweight construction and efficiency technology have existed for several years already; with ConnectedCar the fourth TecNet-Group was created in 2015. The State Agencies are also on board as cooperation partners: e-mobil BW supports the TecNet-Group electric mobility; lightweight construction BW shows its commitment in the TecNet-Group lightweight construction. In three to four working meeting per annum innovative subject areas are identified, co-operations are initiated and implemented in specific projects. Mentors from industry and research support and accompany the TecNet-Groups in the long term. This approach guarantees that the performed development work is also suitable for the market and satisfies the needs of the automotive manufacturers and system suppliers.

Seminars of automotive-bw

In the seminars of the series "Fit for Automotive" the participants acquire the tools in order to exist as a component supplier for the automotive industry. This also includes strategies in order to consolidate and improve their own position as component supplier and to securely assess opportunities and risks. The series of seminars is oriented to managing directors and executives.

Individual advice

With a broad based offer of advice automotive-bw accompanies companies with  their change in strategy and structure, provides support with the innovation and change management, with the introduction of new technologies or business fields. Not least a new offer gives companies the access to the subject area that is becoming more and more important "Additive Manufacturing/3D-print".

Component supplier conference

In order to promote the dialogue between the component suppliers in the federal state, the 1st component supplier conference automotive took place in Baden-Württemberg in 1999 already. To date this event is the central module of the automotive component supplier initiative of the federal state – jointly carried out by the Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Württemberg and by automotive-bw. Experts from the automotive industry, from associations, from science and politics speak about developments and trends. The topics are looked at in-depth in workshops, the focus is placed on the exchange of experiences and discussions. In an accompanying exhibition companies, research institution and economic development agents present themselves with their offer of services. The annual meeting of the TecNet-Groups also takes place within the scope of the component supplier conference.

International cooperation

Automobiles are increasingly produced outside of Europe and close to the sales markets with strong growth: In addition to China and the USA the markets in Mexico, Brazil and India are also on a path of growth. Associated with this smaller and medium-sized component suppliers also have to fact the topic of internationalisation. automotive-bw supports companies in Baden-Württemberg on this path. In close cooperation with the partner Baden-Württemberg International in addition delegation trips and trade fair visits at home and abroad are also planned and carried out.

Cooperation Activities
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