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Optence e.V., Kompetenznetz Optische Technologien Hessen/Rheinland-Pfalz

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 26 September, 2001
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Rheinhessen-Pfalz
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Other Label: 
go-cluster of Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
OptecNet Deutschland e.V.
Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid
IVAM
Materials Valley e.V.
Litek
Photonics Finland
Optics Valley Arizona
Swissmem
Brainport Industries
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Daniela
Reuter
Cluster Manager
+49 6732 93 51 22
reuter@optence.de
Jens
Lienemann
Project Manager
+49 6732 964 79 74
lienemann@optence.de
Nina
Yeoman
Project Manager
+49 6732 964 79 75
yeoman@optence.de
Alexa
Machemer
Other
+49 6732 93 51 22
machemer@optence.de
Raoul
Dansi
Internationalisation Responsible
+49 6732 964 79 75
dansi@optence.de
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
Medical Technology / Biomedical Engineering
Optical Networks and Systems
S3 EU priority areas: 
Photonics
Emerging industries: 
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Optical manufacturing, Laser, Metrology
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
90
Number of SME members: 
64
Number of larger company members: 
10
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
12
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
4
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Main objective is to strengthen the regional photonics sector. The self-understanding of the network is that of a service provider for its members to generate innovation, growth and jobs. To achieve the objective (according to member surveys and strategy meetings) the following points are important:

  • Enabling contacts:
    • Extend contacts between cluster members
    • Extend contacts within the national photonic sector
    • Extend contacts internationally
    • strengthen contacts to users
  • Access to informations:
    • about competences inside and outside of the network
    • about new trends and developments in the photonics sector
    • about developments in the area of application
  • participation in fairs with joint booths
  • further training / preservation of specialised personnel
  • increased press relations and lobbying

The Internationalisation is advanced through cooperations with other associations / clusters at national or international level, e.g. in the user area, at events, delegation trips.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Periodic Information dissemination
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Other
Details of support services: 

Working groups: Periodic meetings with lectures, discussion, company and institute surveys, collaboration projects are possible

Networkevents: Wetzlarer Autumn Meeting „Modern optical manufacturing“, Optical materials and their properties, Short Course, Coatings for optical manufacturing, Networking day.

Further training: e.g. optical design,optical coating, interferometry, ISO 10110 norm, diffractive optics, basic knowledge of optics

Internationalisation: organisation of delegation trips, joint booths on international fairs, collaborations with clusters in other countries

Capacity exchange for measurement technique and production

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
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: 
Austria
France
Lithuania
Netherlands
Switzerland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Litek (Lithuania)
OPTICSVALLEY (France)
Human.technology Styria GmbH (Austria)
Brainport Industries (Netherlands)
Swissmem (Switzerland)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLink
H2020

Photonics4All (Promotion of photonics to young people, entrepreneurs and the general public across the EU)

Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Benefits of the membership:

•Personal contacts

•Establish your network

•Knowledge of the regional competences of universities and industry

•Measurable: discounts at events and expert training courses

•Participation at joint exhibition stands

•Networking with other regional networks:a strong community