Technologies that can be clearly assigned to this field of competence are primarily nano- and microtechnologies as well as technologies for the production and processing of new materials and other surface technologies. The special regional significance of the topic is also shown by the existing networking structures.
Environment analysis: The companies that were assigned to the innovation competence field Materials and Surfaces in the "Environment Analysis Enabling Innovation" are about 8 percent more innovative than the average participants in the survey (measured by the Münsterland Innovation Index). They are about 38.9 percent faster than the average in terms of time to market, have about 36 percent more technicians and master craftsmen than the average and are about 50 percent more organised in networks.
Fields of action (Münsterland): Technical textiles, Innovative analytical processes, Paint and surface coating
Important actors: Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V., Department of Physics at the Westphalian Wilhelms University, Institute for Construction and Functional Materials at Münster University of Applied Sciences, Department of Physical Engineering at Münster University of Applied Sciences.
Innovations make a region fit for the future - and often arise precisely where many bright minds from different fields come together. This is precisely the goal of the regional think tanks that will be created in spring 2020 within the Enabling Networks Münsterland project led by Münsterland e.V..
One of them is the think tank "Environmentally neutral materials of the future". On the subject: Plastics are, not entirely unjustifiably, increasingly getting a reputation for being harmful to the environment and health. Nevertheless, they are among the most versatile and practical materials we have at our disposal. But how do we manage to design a sustainable and environmentally neutral way of dealing with these all-rounders? To this end, ideas are being developed in the think tank to provide Münsterland with new impulses for innovation.
Packaging responsibility, bioplastics, bioeconomy, circular economy, re-, down- and upcycling are among the buzzwords in this discourse. Can Münsterland, with its numerous research competences and experienced companies, make a special contribution in these or other related fields? The members of this think tank are coming together to explore these forward-looking considerations.