Cluster "Special-Purpose Machine and Plant Engineering" in Saxony Anhalt

Mechanical engineering is one of the most important industry sectors in Saxony-Anhalt. High technological standards and great innovative potential act to secure system leadership in the fields of fluidized bed processes, conveyor technology and innovative software solutions.

Industry focal points include equipment and mechanical engineering, robotics, smart production (i.e. INDUSTRIE 4.0), process development, efficient and intelligent manufacturing techniques, and environmental systems as well as resource efficiency and recycling. One in five of Saxony-Anhalt’s manufacturing industry employees work in the mechanical engineering sector, responsible for generating around 10 percent of total manufacturing industry turnover in the state. The industry is also one of Saxony-Anhalt’s top export business sectors.

SMAB – Sondermaschinen- und Anlagenbau (“Special-Purpose Machine and Plant Engineering”) supports companies in developing interlinked system solutions, energy-efficient systems and manufacturing technologies as well as medical technology products and services. Thanks to stable partnerships with research institutes and strong networks, companies are able to pool their expertise, develop an attractive technological base, and thus improve their national and international market opportunities. Mechanical engineering counts among Saxony-Anhalt’s top export business sectors.

Cluster activities support the companies in their competences and help establish and promote national and international product developmentcooperation, R&D projects and
manufacturing partnerships.

According to a report carried out by the Federal Ministry for Economics Affairs and Energy (BMWi), SMAB belongs to the select group of excellence innovation clusters in Germany, affording the cluster a unique value proposition within Saxony-Anhalt. Cluster management services are provided by the tti Technologietransfer- und Innovationsförderung Magdeburg GmbH company (“tti Technology Transfer and Innovation Support Magdeburg”). The company is responsible for promoting the economic development of the northern part of Saxony-Anhalt within the framework of European innovation and technology transfer projects carried out in the federal state.

SMAB enjoys partnerships with a number of complementary industry clusters including the automotive, chemicals/plastics, and renewable energy networks in the region. Saxony-Anhalt also boasts a number of complementary machine and plant engineering clusters and networks.

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