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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 28 March, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Köln
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Prof.Dr.Volker
Stich
Cluster Manager
+49 24147705102
volker.stich@fir.rwth-aachen.de
Male
Ralf Vincent
Bigge
Project Manager
+49 24147705600
ralf.bigge@fir.rwth-aachen.de
Male
Dr. Gerhard
Gudergan
Project Manager
+49 24147705104
gerhard.gudergan@fir.rwth-aachen.de
Male
Stephanie
Harfensteller
ECCP Responsible Person
+4924147705160
stephanie.harfensteller@fir.rwth-aachen.de
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Transportation and Logistics
Technology fields: 
Manufacturing plants networks
Logistics
S3 EU priority areas: 
Transport & logistics
New or improved organisational models
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Logistical Services
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
74
Number of SME members: 
31
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
7
Number of larger company members: 
36
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
0
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Demofabrik Aachen
Technology center
Innovation Labs
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
abas ERP
Larger Company
Ad Ultima Group
SME
Adient
Larger Company
aixtema
SME
Asseco Solutions
Larger Company
Atlas Copco
Larger Company
BCT Enterprise Information Management
SME
Berghof Systeme
SME
Bossard
Larger Company
Capgemini
Larger Company
Carpus + Partner
SME
CLAAS
Larger Company
codecentric
Larger Company
COGNEX
Larger Company
COMARCH
Larger Company
Couplink Group AG
SME
CSB-System
Larger Company
Deutsche Bahn AG
Larger Company
MTM Association e. V.
Research Organisation
DIN
Technology Center
Demofabrik Aachen
Technology Center
Dr. Sander
SME
Drees & Sommer
Larger Company
DSA Diagnostics Systems Applications
Larger Company
e.GO digital
SME
Elisa
Larger Company
Enlighted
SME
EPlan
Larger Company
Ericsson
Larger Company
Ferolabs
SME
Formitas
SME
Fresenius Medical Care
Larger Company
FVI
Technology Center
Geotab
Larger Company
gepe
SME
Geutebrück
SME
GreenGate
SME
GS1 Germany
SME
Klauke
Larger Company
Hammer GmbH & Co. KG
Larger Company
Harting
Larger Company
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Larger Company
HCIC Human-Computer Interaction Center RWTH Aachen University
Research Organisation
i2solutions GmbH
SME
ICM Institut Chemnitzer Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.
Research Organisation
IW Consult
Research Organisation
itelligence group
Larger Company
justSelling GmbH
SME
KVD
Technology Center
LogObject
SME
Lorch
SME
Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services
Larger Company
Mathes
SME
Mattern Consult
SME
myOpenFactory
SME
OSIsoft
Larger Company
p3
Larger Company
PTC
Larger Company
pelzer
SME
proALPHA
Larger Company
PSIpenta
Larger Company
Schuh & Co.
SME
SICK
Larger Company
Signify
Larger Company
SMS group
Larger Company
Thing-it
SME
TOP Mehrwert-Logistik
SME
topsystem
SME
Trovarit AG
SME
TRUMPF
Larger Company
ubirch
SME
Ubisense
SME
VDMA
Technology Center
vitra
Larger Company
ZITEC
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

RWTH’s researchers and their partners from industry jointly investigate the entire flow of goods and information within a digital world that is soon to be connected in near real-time via the internet. This approach is captured by the term Information Logistics. Within the cluster, various centers are working conceptually and experimentally with both supplier and customer companies to investigate the potentialities and implications for manufacturers, service providers, logistics companies, and ICT suppliers.

Sensor-equipped production machines, tools and facilities, sensor-equipped load carriers and workpieces, an unlimited number of internet IP addresses, fast internet access and real-time-capable mobile and landline communication coupled with cloud computing and IT service platforms create an infrastructure that is unique in Europe and comes significantly closer to real-world scenarios than traditional test environments. The complex interplay of components in such an infrastructure must be aligned, coordinated and tested in order to increase productivity in real-life industrial application.

Under the rubric of “Industry 4.0” or “Internet of Things (IoT),” the integration of system environments is currently being pursued by industrial companies worldwide. Particular problems are posed by the heterogeneity of IT systems and the lack of interoperability of data, which are both barriers to achieving increased productivity. On this account, the Smart Logistics Cluster investigates how different system environments can be integrated and data repositories homogenized to facilitate the further automation of processes.

Integrated data and systems can be optimally combined and connected with physical objects, such as machines and products. Sensors and automation enable the merging of the physical world with the world of information. The result will be huge leaps in productivity and the emergence of new business models and services, offering vast opportunities for growth. To tap this potential, the Smart Logistics Cluster operates three Innovation Labs and a Demonstration Factory (Reference Factory Industry 4.0), all of which address questions surrounding the integration of IT systems, their connection with real machines and products, and the implementation of new business models and “Smart Services.”

The objective is to shape the company of the future, an agile, learning enterprise that is largely understood as an information-processing system. Addressing questions surrounding the processing and preparation of data and their targeted use in terms of Information Logistics are at the heart of the cluster and its centers’ activities.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to technology services
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Details of support services: 

Smart Service Engineering The Smart Logistics Cluster is deeply dedicated to this idea and the concept of Smart Service Engineering. The Smart Logistics Cluster works with international, renowned scientific and industrial partners to form a unique cooperation of powerful experts on this topic. We do not only develop and optimize data-based services for the producing industry but we also help many businesses to collect and use data to give recommendations for future actions. More details: https://center-smart-services.com/en/about-us/

IT-System Configuration The Smart Logistics Cluster supports the structured configuration and implementation of IT systems. This includes ERP, MES, APS, CRM and DMS solutions. Through our comprehensive market overview of existing solutions and simultaneous vendor neutrality, we ensure that we provide our customers/SMEs with a future-oriented solution that optimally reflects their interests. More details: https://www.fir.rwth-aachen.de/beratung/informationstechnologien-management/it-systemauswahl/

Industrie 4.0 Maturity Assessment The Industrie 4.0 Maturity Assessment is aimed at manufacturing companies that are facing the digital transformation as well as at companies that support this transformation. Because the question today is not whether a company should transform itself, but how it can shape this digital transformation.Together with SMEs we develop individual strategies for the digital transformation. More details: https://i40mc.de/en/

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
China
Mexico
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Netherlands
Slovenia
Sweden
Switzerland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
BatlicNet-PlasmaTec
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLink
FP7
H2020
INTERREG

- INEDIT - FINESCE - NRG4Cast - Sense&React - FINSENY - SustainValue - inTime - ACTIVE - MyCarEvent

Relevant Project References: 
Inedit; Finesce; NRG4Cast; Sense&React
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

e.Go e.GO Mobile AG is an electric vehicle company with the goal of building affordable, practical, safe and fun electric vehicles. The company was founded in cooperation with several partners of the Smart Logistics Cluster. The Clusters factory and offices served as the first home to e.GO Mobile AG. e.GO has now developed and started delivery of their first passenger car, the e.GO Life. Another model, the e.GO Kart, is being built at the Demonstration Factory of the Smart Logistics Cluster. 

Streetscooter The infrastructure and partner network at the Smart Logistics Cluster gave birth to StreetScooter - an electric vehile company focussed on vehicles for logistics. After the development of the first prototypes on campus the company was acquired by Deutsche Post. StreetScooter is now a large part of the electrification of transport logistics in Germany and operates two factories. 

Competence Center 5G.NRW 5G.NRW - the innovation boost for North Rhine-Westphalia. 5G monitoring bundles analyses, news and trends, best practices give insights into current research and development projects, tests & demo centres are the innovation basis. 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

More than 500 people from science and industry are already researching and developing solutions to optimize the networking of goods and information in a digital world of the future. The Smart Logistics Cluster offers a unique infrastructure consisting of research areas, offices and a conference center. In the InnovationLabs, the Theme Park and our Demonstration Factory, industrial and commercial companies, service providers and software manufacturers work interdisciplinary on the topics of the future. More than 15,000 visitors a year take advantage of the cluster's wide range of events and training opportunities.