Development of Innovation Location Network of Central German Chemical Parks (CeChemNet)
Topic of the practice
Development of innovation profiles of chemical parks alongside the value added chain and networking of innovation locations. Promotion of innovation development on chemical parks by settlement of research infrastructure and better cooperation with regional innovation landscape
Good Practice Information
The Chemical Parks Network CeChemNet brings together the chemical parks in Schkopau, Bitterfeld, Leuna, Schwarzheide and Zeitz. To meet the challenges of the knowledge society in terms of attracting innovative investors as well as qualified staff, the CeChemNet partners pursue the approach of chemical parks as ‘knowlegde sites’: Every site aims for its specific setting of priorities in terms of research and development. Establishing the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Center for Polymer Synthesis and Processing and the Fraunhofer Module Technology Centre for Silicon Photovoltaics at the ValuePark in Schkopau is indicative of the effectiveness of R & D infrastructure on a chemical site. These different R & D profiles create opportunities to increasing value under the CeChemNet umbrella. This process of establishing a network of innovation sites in the Central German chemical triangle leads to a unique selling proposition in competing for investments on a global scale.
With synergies owing to the feedstock integration in the Central German chemical triangle and the specific profile of each chemical site in terms of R & D the CeChemNet partners are well set for the global competition for investments. Latest developments in the innovation area are the establishment of the Fraunhofer CBP chemical biotechnological process centre and the Coal to Chemical pilot project IBI in the chemical park Leuna.
Evidence of success
The innovation location network has clearly supported the settlement of the Fraunhofer Pilot Plant Centre for Polymer Synthesis and Polymer Processing Schkopau (PAZ), the Fraunhofer Centre for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes (CBP) in Leuna. Also the coal to chemical project "Innovative Braunkohleintegration in Mitteldeutschland" IBI has been initiated in this framework. Each chemical park has now developed its own innovation profile, which is important for the further development of the site. The success factor of the innovation location network is the strong commitment of chemical park operators to focus innovation development on a specific area, which matches well to the value added chain of companies already present on the park.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
CeChemNet - Central European Chemical Network
Annex completed on: 10-10-2011