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BioEconomy Cluster Central Germany

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 21 December, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Sachsen-Anhalt
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Other Label: 
Leading Edge cluster, Innovation cluster of Saxony-Anhalt, Full member biobased industries consortium
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Prof. Dr. Zscheile
Matthias
Cluster Manager
+49 345 1314 2730
matthias.zscheile@bioeconomy.de
Male
Beck
Anne-Karen
Other
+49 345 1314 2731
anne-k.beck@bioeconomy.de
Female
Ullmann
Steffen
Project Manager
+49 345 1314 2732
steffen.ullmann@bioeconomy.de
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Plastics
Upstream Chemical Products
Technology fields: 
Biochemistry / Biophysics
Biobased high-performance materials
S3 EU priority areas: 
Industrial biotechnology
Chemicals & chemical products
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
wood based integrated bioeconomy, biopolymers
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
80
Number of SME members: 
46
Number of larger company members: 
10
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
18
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
weinberg campus/ TGZ
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Fraunhofer CBP
Research Organisation
DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum
Research Organisation
PAZ - Pilotanlagenzentrum für Polymersynthese und -verarbeitung
Technology Center
UPM
Larger Company
UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Research Organisation
Pollmeier Massivholz
Larger Company
ante-holz
Larger Company
Kronospan
Larger Company
Folienwerk Wolfen GmbH
Larger Company
PTS Papiertechnische Stiftungen
Technology Center
EW Biotech GmbH
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

From fossil fuels to sustainable bioeconomy

The bioeconomy is a key issue of the future whose purpose is to create independence from fossil raw materials on a gloabal scale and decisively counteract climate change through a neutral CO2 balance. The challenge is to establish  a sustainable, competitive economy based on renewable raw materials.

Central Germany's bioeconomy is a model for Europe and the world. The BioEconomy Cluster is a highly interconnected network that is striving to become the market leader of the biobased economy on non-food, wood-based, integrated bioeconomy.

Our strategic objectives:

  • corporately acceptance od bioeconomy
  • high application of bio-based products in a mix of trades and industries
  • safeguard employments and provide new jobs in the field of bioeconomy
  • dense network on pilot plants alongsite our value chains of woodbased bioeconomy in Europe
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of knowledge transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
China
Thailand
United States
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: 
Finland
France
Netherlands
Poland
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
BioVale
bio based delta
IAR
clic Finland
EPNOE
ECNR
BIC
SARI
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

participation in BBI, representing several SMEs

national: BMBF - leading edge clusters: development and implementation of R&D projects in the region supported by our strategic and operative Business development team, advisory service for the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt during implementation of bioeconomy as key market, scenario analysis for Germany as a wood-based bioeconomy until 2050, creation of a value-added analysis for bio-based products, development of a benchmark approach for biorefineries, evolution concept for skilled personnel in bioeconomy, concept creation of a bio-based bank business model assessment, BMBF - Bioeconomy: concept for activation and networking of start-up and spin-off activities

regional: Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt: Cluster support

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

A leader in bioeconomy - key indicators

Currently more than 100 companies, research institutes and educational institutions are organised within the BioEconomy Cluster. In 2012 the cluster was one of the winners of the Leading Edge Cluster Competition held by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The centre of the cluster region is located in Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony and it is interlinked international with decision-makers from relevant industries.

Presently 42 collaborative research projects and about 140 subprojects are in process. Regular benchmark analysis proof of the international uniqueness of the cluster's strategy and its international positioning.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

A breeding ground for Europe

  • perfect location economies
  • high access to bio-based raw materials
  • unique cross-linking of the core industries timber, chemicals and plastics
  • important sites of the chemical and woodworking industry
  • leading research institutes with pilot plants (including open platform facilities)
  • a supply of skilled workers from universities and vocational schools

Advantages of our cluster

  • regional, national & international R&D partnerships
  • support from the business development team for bio-based products and business segments
  • support of start-ups and spin-offs
  • project and funding advice
  • knowledge and technology transfer
  • support in scaling-up processes
  • access to political decision makers at the state, federal and european level
  • a job market for bioeconomy specialists