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Posted: October 18, 2007

Basis for pan-European cooperation: 'Micro/Nano-Atlas of Europe' analyses technologies and markets in high-tech clusters

(Nanowerk News) According to the economist’s Michael Porter’s cluster theory, clusters (economic agglomerations) make a region and the local industry more competitive. The recently published “Micro/Atlas of Europe” describes eight leading-edge microand nanotechnology clusters in Northern, Western and Central Europe. By pointing out similarities and differences, it demonstrates where cross-border cooperation between clusters might be possible and fruitful.
The survey by IVAM Research is the first to offer a precise and comparative quantitative analysis of the relevant actors in the eight clusters. It illustrates what exactly the small and medium-sized enterprises and innovative research institutions develop and produce, and which markets they address.
To become the most competitive economy in the world by 2010 is a goal the European Union pursues through its Lisbon Strategy. According to a survey of McKinsey business consultants, Europe’s leading position is in danger. One reason is the fact the European markets are still fragmented. High-tech locations in Europe should join forces in order to prevail in the growing competition with overseas markets in the USA and Asia.
Among others, the “Micro/Nano Atlas of Europe” addresses start-ups looking for a suitable business location, or economic promoters who want to promote their location. “The detailed cluster profiles might help business developers to determine the position of their cluster compared to similar locations in Europe. They can see how the clusters differ from or complement each other and decide whether a cluster is worth the effort to initiate cooperation“, explains Dr. Uwe Kleinkes, managing director of IVAM Research.
The technology spectrum in the micro/nano cluster Flanders
The technology spectrum in the micro/nano cluster Flanders. (Image: IVAM Research 2007)
The survey was presented at the 4th Regional Microtechnology Conference on October 18 and 19, 2007 in Dortmund, Germany. Cross-border cooperation between Germany and the Netherlands will be a central topic of the conference.
Information on the Micro/Nano-Atlas: Iris Lehmann, Tel. +49 231 9742 149, E-Mail: il@ivam.de.
About IVAM
IVAM is an international association of companies and institutes in the fields of microtechnology, nanotechnology and advanced materials. At present about 250 companies, institutes and partners from all over the world are IVAM members. As the communicative bridge between suppliers and users, IVAM brings innovations to market and creates competitive advantages via technology marketing. Furthermore, IVAM offers lobbying services for small and medium-sized enterprises, qualification, various publications and world-wide networking on trade fairs and events.
Source: IVAM
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