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IT-Logistics Cluster (logistics and mobility)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 14 November, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Oberpfalz
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Other Label: 
Go Cluster
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Uwe
Pfeil
Cluster Manager
+4994160488955
uwe.pfeil@techbase.de
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Automotive
Transportation and Logistics
Technology fields: 
Logistics
Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
S3 EU priority areas: 
Smart green & integrated transport systems
Road transport & related services
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
70
Number of SME members: 
50
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
10
Number of larger company members: 
5
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
3
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
TechBase
Technology center
Digital Founder Initiative Upper Palatinate
Accelerator
Name and link of major players: 
NameType
SSI Schäfer
Larger Company
Gerresheimer
Larger Company
Witt-Gruppe - Josef Witt GmbH
Larger Company
HEITEC AG
Larger Company
active logistics AG
SME
Scherbauer Spedition GmbH
SME
SYSTEMA Systementwicklung Dipl.Inf Manfred Austen GmbH
SME
cargo support GmbH & Co. KG
SME
CIM GmbH Logistik Systeme
SME
Simplan
SME
WK IT GmbH
SME
Artschwager & Kohl Software GmbH
SME
proLogistik GmbH + Co.KG
SME
OTH Regensburg
Research Organisation
Fraunhofer Institut - Zentrum für Intelligente Objekte ZIO
Research Organisation
CM - Institut für Information & Supply Chain Management
Research Organisation
THD - Technische Hochschule Deggendorf
Research Organisation
OTH - Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Amberg-Weiden
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The  IT logistics cluster is an industry network of the logistics and ICT sector. The focus is on the digitisation of the logistics sector, as well as intralogistics and industry 4.0, since these areas are linked by the megatrend of digitisation in the value chain.The aim of the cluster is to strengthen Bavaria as an ICT and logistics location in the long term. The cluster is a cooperation and communication platform between industry, science and politics from the exchange of information to permanent cooperation for members and represents the interests of the members. In addition, the IT logistics cluster offers innovation-oriented services in the areas of research and development, exchange of experience, active networking and technology marketing.

The cluster also has strong international experience. It engages in H2020 projects like the InnoSup-project Blockchain Innovationspaces Block.IS https://blockis.eu.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

Access to public support

The Cluster helps their members with the fast and effective implementation of innovative project ideas. We suggest to first submit an idea sketch and prepare a non-binding, financial estimate. With help of the cluster members are able to draw up a meaningful idea sketch.

We also assist upon consulting the draft of the project outline and the accurate processing of administrative forms while filing the complete funding application. Due to long years of experience with funding programs, it became obvious where the emphasis in a funding proposal is to lay, which mistakes can be avoided from the start and which wordings are recommended in the application.

Furthermore we promote a scientific cooperation with regional universities among research and development projects to implement innovative results of research in concrete applications and products.

It requires a risky financing to implement a project idea into an innovation and conduct concrete research and development projects. For this, subsidies and third party funds are available.

  • Assessment for the eligibility
  • Support for selecting suitable subsidies
  • Support during the application process

Promotion of activities

A professional advertising presence, for example in social networks, is nowadays a requirement to be successful as a company. Through PR and additional cross-linking to closely related industries, a company gains attention in the google-ranking. The E-Mobility Cluster thereby supports the member companies and publishes press releases or current news through a variety of channels: Cluster-website and social media (facebook, twitter, google+). Furthermore, the news are included in the regular newsletter. If there are successful projects within working groups, they are spread to our press distribution list by press release. The cluster also supports companies with participation in joint stands at relevant trade fairs (e.g. eCarTec).

  • Website
  • Social media
  • Newsletter
  • Press release
  • Flyer
  • Trade fairs
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
France
Hungary
Netherlands
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
E-Mobility Cluster Regensburg
Biz Upper Austria
F6S
moveo Cluster
Innosens
Vojvodina ICT Cluster
Digital SME Alliance
Fedacova
bwcon GMBH
Kosice IT Valley
Automotive NL
Zone Cluster
Mobinov
Caar Aragon
CLUSTER TWEED
CAPENERGIES ASSOCIATION
CLUSTER DE ENERGIA
Cluster Sensorik
Logistics Wallonia
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

Block.IS, Blockchain Innovationspaces, https://blockis.eu (H2020-INNOSUP-2018-2020)

Block.IS aims to build an open and collaborative cross-border, cross-sectoral innovation ecosystem that will connect over 75 clusters from the financial, logistics and agrifood sectors with ICT players, to generate new value chains and develop innovative solutions embracing blockchain technology, in order to overcome the problems and challenges that the sectors are facing today. The project’s goal is to provide a strong technical and business framework that will support and enable innovators to develop large-scale and competitive market-driven applications, and to ensure post-project sustainability and growth of the Block.IS ecosystem. In order to help innovative SMEs and start-ups to build high-tech, venture-backable enterprises, the Block.IS acceleration programme will provide a total of €2.8 Million in funding to the selected candidates.

In addition to funding and business acceleration support, the Block.IS programme will include a series of events, hackathons and business missions to SME clusters across Europe. Two open calls will be organized which will take place through a 3-phase process: INNOVATE, EXPERIMENT and COMMERCIALIZE.

In the INNOVATE phase, 90 best project ideas will be invited to fine-tune their concepts and present their tech-business pitches at the Block.IS Clusters-Innovators Assembly. The EXPERIMENT phase will select 45 best projects from the previous phase and offer them €50.000 each to develop their proposed projects in close collaboration with relevant cluster networks, sector specialists and technology experts. Finally, the COMMERCIALIZE phase will select 20 projects with the greatest business potential and support them in developing activities associated with the promotion and exploitation of their projects, in order to engage new customers, partners and investors.

 

ChainReactions, https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/CHAIN-REACTIONS.html (Interreg central Europe)

The cluster is also participating in Intereg projects.ChainReactions (Interreg central Europe) CHAIN REACTIONS addresses the challenge for industrial regions not benefitting from innovation activities from large leading corporations to increase regional capacity to absorb new knowledge and turn it into competitiveness edge and business value. https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/CHAIN-REACTIONS.html There is a strong need to help SMEs to overcome capacity shortages for innovation and integration into transnational value chains. The project aims at empowering regional ecosystems with the knowledge and tools to help businesses overcome those barriers and generate sustained growth through value chain innovation. CHAIN REACTIONS focuses thereby on modern approaches considering value chains and their complex developments rather than linear technology transfer approaches. The framework of value chain innovation builds on Porter’s 5 forces framework (new entrants, substitutes, customers, suppliers and rivalry) and transversal innovation drivers: key enabling technologies, resource efficiency, digital transformation and service innovation. The focus is on key sectors: advanced manufacturing, ICT and electronics, energy and environment, health and bioeconomy in accordance with their S3 priorities. 

RECiPE4Mobility, COS-CLUSTER-2018-03-02

RECiPE4Mobility stands for Regrouping European Clusters in a Partnership of Excellence for Mobility. RECiPE4Mobility is a 24-months project pursuing the overall objectives of strengthening cluster management excellence while facilitating strategic connections between our clusters and our specialised ecosystems across Europe, in the sector of mobility. Capacity-building and collaboration activities between our cluster organisations, respective members and regional ecosystems, will contribute to the development of our clusters’ professionalized services. In this regard, RECiPE4Mobility will ensure that these new competencies (uptake of advanced technologies, new business models, low-carbon and resource-efficient solutions, creativity and design, skills upgrading, talent attraction, entrepreneurship acceleration, and internationalisation) particularly favour European SMEs, helping them to better address the innovation, growth and globalisation challenges. This priority on SMEs is crucial for the competitiveness of the Union's industrial value chains and to secure a smart, inclusive and sustainable European growth. This is also in line with the priorities defined by the European Commission last year in its Programme for single market, competitiveness of enterprises, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and European statistics and repealing Regulation. Furthermore, the connections and partnering activities which will be carried out by the RECiPE4Mobility consortium will strengthen the links between the different European ecosystems directly involved from Bavaria (DE), Central Hungary (HU), Ile-de-France (FR), Normandie (FR), Norte (PT) and South Netherlands (NL), and their key innovation actors, such as SMEs, clusters networks, regional ecosystems, technology centres and other scaling-up support organisations. Our partnership truly considers cross-regional and cross-sectorial value-chains as the answers to the challenges reshaping the mobility industry.

 

Safe and green road vehicle (SAGE), FP7 http://www.sage-project.eu/home.html

Safe and Green Road Vehicles (SAGE) aims to strengthen regional capacity in research and innovation in accordance to the Europe 2020 strategy for sustainable growth. SAGE represents a network of regional research driven clusters with strong automotive industry that aims to prepare for and facilitate an increasing pace of innovation within the major European growth market for safe and green road vehicles for passengers and goods. “Green” translates as a focus on knowledge and solutions for radical reduction of CO2 emissions and energy use, and “safe” as a focus on active and intelligent solutions that substantially change the safety of the road transport system. 

 

  1. Bavarian Logistics Initiative
  2. R&D Network I2P
  3. R&D Network SISEN
  4. R&D Network SeDiPeT
  5. R&D Network IntelliZell
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

R&D-centering of the cluster

The cluster reached its goal of increasing the amount of R&D activities. For this purpose, the cluster founded the network Innovative IT for production in which 10 companies and 3 research institutions (OTH Regensburg, TH Deggendorf, TU München) are involved. The strategic alignment of the cluster aims for secure solutions for IT intralogistics. The lineages in the network I2P and it`s follower SISEN and SeDiPeT are structured along the application area of intralogistical IT in production in combination with IT security. With this, the network is contributing to keep the industrial production, as the backbone of german economy, competitive. Based on a technology roadmap, to this day 3 R&D joint projects have been initiated as the result of about 30 workshops and teleconferences. The clustermanagement is supporting these projects with the conception and aquisition of funds. The companies of the network are bringing a deductible of about 70.000 Euro in total. The clustermanagement has declared the mutual rights and obligations in a network agreement with the involved companies.

Establishment of a cluster collective booth – International leading trade fair LogiMAT in Stuttgart

In 2015, the Bavarian IT-Logistics Cluster established a cluster collective booth for its members at the LogiMAT. Preparing the booth is a service that the cluster offers as a part of the service orientation for its members. LogiMAT is the leading trade fair for distribution, material and information flow and has a leading role in the international fair scene. The size of the booth is about 20 qm/2 in 2015 with 2 exhibitors and in 2016 it was already 54 qm/2 with 5 exhibitors. since 2017 it is around 72 qm/2 with 7 -8 exhibitors. Each year, the collective booth is planned individually for the needs of the exhibiting companies. The organization effort is contained in the membership of the cluster. The material costs of the booth are allocated to the exhibitors. The budget for the material costs will be about 45.000 Euro. The already established collective booth at the international leading trade fair is an excellent marketing opportunity für all companies involved, as well as for the cluster itself.

Raising the regional visibility of the cluster; creating excellent marketing opportunities for the members

Since 2011, the cluster pursues the goal of raising its visibility in the region of Regensburg and a circuit of about 150 km. One successful approach is the establishment of the Bavarian IT Innovation-Congress. The event took place for the fifth time in 2016 and is aligned to present cluster innovations to an interested expert audience. The number of participants rose from 30 in 2011 to 140 attendees in the years 2015 and 2016 each and up to 250 in 2019. 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We look for cooperation with related clusters in the areas:

  1. logistics and transport
  2. mobility
  3. Industry 4.0 and ICT

Our focus is to establish cooperations for example in H2020 projects or to exchange by clusters missions.