The Ministry of Finance and Economy promotes the cluster project “Meta-Cluster Engineering“ of the cluster initiative bw-engineers from Stuttgart. For the three-year project about 190.000 Euro are provided by the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE).
When handing out the grant agreement on 23 September 2015 in Stuttgart the Secretary of State Peter Hofelich stressed the importance of viable cluster and innovation platforms (CLIP). The bw-engineers consortium provides engineering services with interfaces to environmental technology, resource efficiency and lightweight construction. As a key innovation driver the cluster initiative is entitled for project funding within the Operational Programme “Innovation and Energy Transition”.
The Meta-Cluster initiative from bw-engineers is supposed to gradually pave the way for medium-sized engineering firms in Baden-Württemberg into the Arab market. Especially the Gulf States are an attractive future market for the SMEs in Baden-Württemberg. Thereby, the Meta-Cluster project allows them not only to extend their activity abroad, but, at the same time, to intensify their regional ties with partner firms on the national level.
As part of the support programme a joint contact point in Riyadh for the engineers from bw-engineers and bw-construction will be established. Combining engineering design with handcraft and construction services is supposed to extend the service spectrum of both cluster initiatives. It is now the task of the cluster management to coordinate the cooperation with the general aim to so strengthen the excellent reputation and image of Baden-Württemberg on the international scale. A further priority is given to the implementation of innovative BIM-concepts (Building Information Modelling).