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INPLAS Network of Competence Industrial Plasma Surface Technology e.V.

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 1 December, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+49 531 21 55 574
Cluster Manager
+49 531 21 55 666
Cluster Manager
+49 531 21 55 659
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Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Medical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
Micro and Nanotechnology related to Electronics and Microelectronics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced materials
Emerging industries: 
Medical Devices
Mobility Technologies
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Surface technology
Composition of the cluster
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Cluster Strategy

The fundamental objectives of the INPLAS-network are to secure and expand the globally leading position of German and European enterprises and research institutes in the field of plasma surface technology and to increase the level of awareness of plasma technology in the public eye. The spectrum of application fields among the INPLAS members ranges from hardening and tempering of metal surfaces in the automobile and tool construction industry, to coating of architectural glass and plastics, to treatment of surfaces for biological and medical applications and microelectronics.

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

-work groups, conferences, other events

-project work

-education and training

-strategic analyses

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
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Trans-national Cooperation
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Support Programmes
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Success Story / Achievements: 

Projekt IP4Plasma The IP4Plasma project was successfully completed after a three-year project duration 2016. In the IP4Plasma project, atmospheric pressure plasma equipment manufacturers and end-users will work with leading experts in research and technology innovation to overcome the barriers to commercial application of a unique intellectual property right (IPR) portfolio. The aim is to bring cutting-edge IPR-protected innovations from the laboratory scale to industrial implementation for advanced surface treatment of materials. This will be done by demonstrating the suitability of the technology for existing and new industrial applications in the medical products and diagnostics sector. The INPLAS office unit was responsible for the area of training and dissemination. A project website www.ip4plasma.eu/en/home, printed products of various types and presentations were created. An e-learning platform on atmospheric pressure plasma was also developed and is accessible under the following link: moodle.ip4plasma.eu .

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Activities include e.g. organisation of working groups, workshops, conferences (e.g. the HIPIMS conference), information events, organization of practical experiments jointly performed by network members, to help members

- staying up to date on current development trends in the materials processing and in particular in the thin film coating technology

- developing ideas for projects

- finding suitable partners for projects

- finding suitable calls/funding schemes

- to feed back ideas and requests to the institutions developing research programmes and issuing calls

- increasing their visibility on the internet via the presentation of the company profile on the INPLAS web site