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Strategic Cooperations

Joint research

The Heinz Nixdorf Institute works closely with the Fraunhofer IEM and the technology network it's OWL. Together, the scientists carry out numerous projects at the interface between basic university research and applied research - on behalf of strong industrial partners or as part of publicly funded research projects.

  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Entwurfstechnik Mechatronik IEM
    What is the future of engineering? Fraunhofer IEM is developing impressive solutions to answer this question. The focus is on intelligent products, production systems, services and software applications. The institute works on new methods, tools and processes in interdisciplinary partnerships and uses innovative technologies to ensure the competitiveness of our customers and partners over the long term.
  • it‘s OWL
    In the technology network it's OWL - Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe, more than 200 companies, research institutes and organisations develop solutions for intelligent products and production processes. With support of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, projects worth EUR 100 million will be implemented between 2018 and 2023. The focus topics will be artificial intelligence, digital platforms, digital twins and work 4.0. Named as one of the Leading-Edge Clusters by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, it's OWL is considered to be one of the largest Industrie 4.0 initiatives for SMEs. Over the last seven years, it’s OWL has established itself as a driver for competitiveness of the manufacturing industry in OstWestfalenLippe.