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The new self-perception of a self-confident discipline

Winning the "leading edge" cluster competition run by the Federal Government in the year 2010, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr has now positioned itself as a worldwide center for the groundbreaking design of high-class and efficient logistics services.

Conserving the environment and resources, protecting urban supply and preserving individuality: these are the visions and challenges formulated by the EffizienzCluster in its application for the “leading edge” cluster competition set up by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Awarding the EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr as the “leading edge” cluster, BMBF underlines the new self-confident self-perception of this still relatively young scientific discipline of logistics and the social responsibilities and duties logistics must uphold. Simultaneously, the competition attests to the considerable growth potential within the high-value industry of logistics. Logistic innovations are set to become export article number one.

Initiative for more Efficiency

The foundation of the EffizienzCluster and taking part in the “leading edge” cluster competition were initiated by Prof. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML. From the beginning, the cluster was also supported by the leading logistics research institutions in Germany. Numerous companies and organizations from North Rhine-Westphalia and the partner state of Hessen supported the application. Here is how participation in the competition developed:

  • In 2008/9 the initiative LogistikRuhr is founded, a first strategic team for the formulation of the research agenda was formed.
  • In 2008 the first application for the leading edge cluster competition run by BMBF is submitted and not accepted, in 2009 the cluster makes another attempt.
  • 2010, EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr wins the leading edge cluster competition and officially starts work. EffizienzCluster Management GmbH as a neutral coordinating authority and EffizienzCluster association as the network and committee for the business partners are founded.

Today, 160 companies and twelve scientific and educational institutions are active in the projects within the EffizienzCluster. In addition to the cluster partners many more companies and organizations support the EffizienzCluster.

To strenghten the Competitiveness of the Location

Within the Federal Government’s high-tech strategy, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports the most effective German clusters on their way to becoming top international performers. In total, 15 clusters receive awards in three different rounds of the competition. The Federal Government sponsors the projects in the EffizienzCluster to the tune of 40 million Euros:

  • In the first phase from 2010 until 2012, 27 projects started with funding payments amounting to 36 million Euros.
  • In the second phase from 2012 until 2015, another four projects will be implemented.
  • Six existing projects are already integrated in the cluster and since then are being managed as associated projects. Other research projects are constantly being integrated in the cluster as associated projects.
  • The total volume of the cluster amounts to more than 100 million Euros.


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