So-called clusters have been created through the implementation of the Regional Innovation Strategy of the State of Brandenburg (innoBBplus). Clusters are networks within important growth areas consisting of businesses and institutions. The areas of expertise bearing the largest economic potential within the key industries have been chosen to become clusters.
There are five cross-state innovative clusters in Berlin and Brandenburg and four independent clusters in Brandenburg, which reflect the specific strengths of the federal state.
Five Clusters of Berlin-Brandenburg
- Energy Technology
- Transport | Mobility | Logistics
- ICT | Media | Creative Industries
- Healthcare Industries
- Optics and Photonics
Four Brandenburg-Specific Clusters
- Food Industry
- Plastics and Chemistry (Link to German website)
- Metal (Link to German website)
- Tourism (Link to German website)
The output and outcome monitoring already identified a large number of innovative projects carried out by businesses and scientific institutions. Therefore, the Cluster strategy has stood the test.
Research and skilled employees
The new challenges posed by automation and by digitisation are especially noticeable in the metal and electrical industry. Therefore, the presence of graduates from higher education institutions and skilled employees is a decisive location factor for many businesses.
With its over 50 higher education institutions, 22 institutes of the Leibniz Society, seven institutes of the Fraunhofer Society and eight institutes of the Max Planck Society, the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg boasts the highest concentration of research activities in Germany. In order to remain competitive, businesses of the Cluster Metal can seize this expertise for new products, processes and materials.
Master plans were created for all of the clusters of the German capital region and for the state of Brandenburg. The master plans describe the framework conditions for the further development of the Cluster; they depict the Cluster’s structures, provide an overview of the projects, the networks and fields of action in the Clusters and they also define milestones for the future work of the Cluster.