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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
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. (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
Information on the Micro/Nano-Atlas: Iris Lehmann, Tel. +49 231 9742 149, E-Mail: [email protected]
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.