Innovative companies and research institutes in numerous future-oriented sectors have organized themselves into clusters focused on promising new technologies. These regionally-focussed communications platforms support a common strategic goal and support the transfer of knowledge in high tech segments. Companies from numerous sectors are active in these clusters all along the supply chain.
The key factor for success is the participation of different technologies, competencies and areas of knowledge. Participation in a cluster has proven to be a key factor for business success. Hessen's cluster policy has become a benchmark for European economic and technology promotion.
The best examples how successful clusters contribute to dynamic economic development are: the software cluster RhineMainNeckar, MoWiN.net for mobility and logistics in North Hessen, and deENet for renewable energy in North Hessen. Successful clusters also exist in Hessen in the sectors for medical and health technology, automotive technology, mechanical engineering, optics and IT as well as many others. The trend continues toward a cooperative approach between companies in order to achieve projects and secure purchase orders.
TTN-Hessen bundles the technology transfer activities from businesses and universities into one network, a unique model in Germany. TTN-Hessen is independent and builds bridges between publicly-supported research and private companies. This enhances and supports technology transfer for small and medium-sized companies in Hessen. Learn more about the network at
ttn-hessen.de (available only in German)
Automotive Cluster Rhein Main Neckar
The Automotive Cluster Rhein Main Neckar was established in September 2003 by the Chamber of Commerce in Darmstadt and the County of Groß-Gerau. The cluster bundles the expertise of companies in the automotive supply sector, and coordinates and moderates among different partners within the automotive industry. The strong alliances helped to turn specialists into generalists, thereby strengthening the entire value chain. The cluster had 450 members in 2007, but by 2012 the number had climbed to 600 and included numerous international companies. Membership is open to all supply companies interested in synergy.