Among 19 industrial clusters, the Chemie-Cluster Bayern was founded in the course of the Bavarian Cluster Initiative. Apart from this pillar of business development and location promotion, regional initiatives of regional management and economic development are an additional foothold in promoting innovations in Bavaria.
In order to keep innovative power and competitiveness of the Bavarian chemistry sector at its excellent level, the support of regional initiatives is an important mission of the cluster. This includes, for example, the promotion of start-ups and new businesses, notably spin-offs in the scientific environment who often rely on pre-structured access to industry networks, consultation and funding opportunities. Thus, the Chemie-Cluster Bayern cooperates with start-up initiatives and business plan competitions.
Location quality, selective transfer of expertise, efficient cross-linking with state and federal development networs as well as international marketing are crucial factors for local R&D clusters’ innovativeness. The Chemie-Cluster Bayern helps identifying and connecting with innovative know-how carriers, mediates project groups, and acquires subsidies. Through local events and “learning” networks we particularly support the exchange and interaction of small and medium-sized enterprises with scientific institutes.
Straubing in Lower Bavaria has one of the largest contiguous industrial parks in Southern Germany – the Straubing-Sand industrial and harbor area. With its units industrial park, Danube harbor, business incubator and BioCampus, Straubing-Sand offers a broad range of services to industrial, logistics and wholesale customers. Due to its geographical location and thematic focus, Straubing-Sand has established itself in the growing Eastern European business. In order to further develop the industrial park, Straubing-Sand counts on the region’s competencies: logistics and renewable raw materials.
The thematic connection between the Chemie-Cluster Bayern and Straubing is the chemistry of renewable ressources and their material as well as energetic utilization. In cooperating, the two partners have already been able to initiate joint innovation topics with local companies and research institutions. Straubing, the region of renewable raw materials combines leading scientific and technological facilities for renewable ressources. While the academic pillar is represented by the Straubing Center of Science, technological realization is enabled by the business incubator and the industrial park Straubing-Sand with its harbor and the BioCubator.
In 2010, the Chemie-Cluster Bayern and BioCampus Straubing GmbH invited to the first joint network on “Renewable Resources”. In the future, the chemical industry will diversify its raw material supply trying to reduce its dependency on crude oil. Under the supervision of the Chemie-Cluster Bayern and BioCampus Straubing GmbH, appropriate research funding will set the basic conditions for the technical and economic breakthrough of the new materials.
In close proximity to the incubator Straubing-Sand the BioCubator was set up and forms the entrepreneur center for renewable resources. Companies find laboratories and office space for the energetic and material use of biomass and will additionally be supported by the regional Cluster Renewable Resources.
The regional management in the district of Regen has been active since 2008. Noteworthy is the long and active participation of Regen in various agenda working groups. Different topics such as tourism, economy, energy, traffic, education and culture are covered in active group work.
Traditionally, the district of Regen is home to the glass and wood processing industry. However, in line with the claim that industry diversity is the key to economic success, the local market’s basis today is formed by a vast number of manifold small and medium-sized enterprises in different industries. In addition, plastics processing companies, electrical engineering, metal and vehicle construction as well as tourism play a crucial role in the district.
In cooperation with the regional management of Regen, companies are counselled concerning research funding possibilities. In the past some project outlines have already been successfully developed. Direct contact, simple and uncomplicated handling as well as quick access to local companies are the cooperation’s quintessence. After a fist, joint event on the topic of funding, two companies from Regen were offered a unique customized consultation on reasearch and development promotion.
A special highlight was the 2010 foundation of the glass network “Netzwerk Glas”. The Zwiesel based project manager, Helmut Horn, can look back on a successful kick-off event and record more than 10 actively involved partner companies.
Given its location in the Bavarian Chemistry Triangle, for example with the Waldkraiburg/Aschau site, the district of Mühldorf am Inn is a consequential cooperation partner of the Chemie-Cluster Bayern. Apart from being one of the most popular and liveable areas in Germany, the district has also a very strong and competitive industrial sector.
The local action group “Mühldorfer Netze e.V.” actively shapes the district’s development. The network’s philosophy is mainly based on the linking and pooling of various ideas, competences and skills which are implemented in profitable projects. Members of the group are all of the district’s 31 towns and communities as well as engaged citizens, associations, etc. Key objective for the following years is the creation of a sustainable “network of generations” in order to promote the development towards a family-friendly district. This also includes ensuring regional added value and the safeguarding of jobs by inter-company value creation partnerships.
As a dynamic economic site, Mühldorf am Inn is characterised by a diverse industry structure. In line with the Bavarian cluster policy, its core competencies are the fields of technology sensor technology/power electronics, mechatronics/automation, chemistry/plastics production, food industry, automotive as well as forestry and wood.
The district of Mühldorf am Inn is a modern, innovative and competitive business location with a high quality of life. In order to further develop its opportunities and potentials, the district actively engages in regional developent and business development. In doing so it is important to promote both hard location factors such as commercial premises, infrastructure and transport links as well as soft location factors such as education and cultural offerings.
Strengthening the regional economy by taking care of existing enterprises as well as supporting new companies willing to settle down in Mühldorf and start-ups has highest priority in the promotion of the economy. Therefore, dedicated organizations and initiatives have formed a network of consultants under the lead of the district administration’s business promotion, to offer start-ups, young entrepreneurs as well as established medium-sized companies fast, competent and neutral assistance.