The knowledge transfer between industry, science and society is an essential task of the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest. Special attention is given to the active support of small and medium-sized businesses in the technological transformation of electric mobility. In the following sections, we summarise the various services provided by the Cluster Electric Mobility Southwest with regard to knowledge transfer. The focus is, for example, on development perspectives for sustainable mobility in Baden-Württemberg, questions to follow up in ICT and energy infrastructure as well as other fields of technology related to electric mobility.
The Automotive Suppliers’ Day Baden-Württemberg was jointly organised by the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg and e-mobil BW GmbH. This one-day event was dedicated to the transformation process of the automotive industry and was the venue for discussing and analysing the opportunities and challenges the entire sector is facing in the wake of new technologies. The effects of digitalisation, the pressure to develop innovative products and new business models clearly show: We are only at the beginning of the transformation process of the automotive industry. The Automotive Suppliers’ Day Baden-Württemberg 2019 took place on November 22, 2019 in Esslingen, near Stuttgart.
This year’s panel discussion focused on new business models for small and medium-sized enterprises. ZF Friedrichshafen, Valmet Automotive and the CHIRON Group presented examples of sustainable strategies, demonstrating how technological developments can be integrated into existing divisions.
In order to face the upcoming challenges and opportunities of the automotive industry, cooperation and collaboration among innovative suppliers from Baden-Württemberg and international partners become indispensable. The Automotive Suppliers’ Day BW offered a platform for networking and exchange. At the 2019 Automotive Suppliers’ Day, members of the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West and of the Cluster Fuel Cell BW as well as international partners from the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Finland showcased their approaches in the field of new mobility in the framework of a poster exhibition.
Please find the list (partly in English) of the cluster members involved in PDF format here.
The French and German project partners are making good progress with their development of an innovative thermal management system for electric vehicles. At the second InnoTherMS project meeting held at GreenIng GmbH & Co KG in Leutenbach, Germany, in mid-September, the first findings of the project groups were discussed and CAD data and a simulation model were presented. The first measurements taken from a reference vehicle could be adopted in the planning of upcoming project packages.
InnoTherMS is one of two projects launched by the AllFraTech German-French Alliance for Innovative Mobility Solutions. The project will run until the end of 2023. On the German side, it is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and supervised by the Baden-Württemberg State Agency for Electric Mobility, e-mobil BW. On the French side, it is sponsored by the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, represented by CARA, the European Cluster for Mobility Solutions.
The 32nd Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS), held this year between May 19th and 22nd 2019, is one of the key platforms for the exchange of information regarding electric mobility. The symposium drew about 1,500 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors from all over the world to Lyon, France.
Topics discussed included the options of combining different modes of transport, which alternative drive technologies are to be used in the future, and the potential contributions of autonomous driving. Many renowned companies, organisations and initiatives used the symposium’s exhibition to present their innovative products and concentrated know-how in new and smart mobility solutions at the German Pavilion (Hall 6, F15). With eight exhibitors, the South-West of Germany was strongly represented at the joint stand. The exhibitors from Baden-Württemberg included several partners of the Cluster Electric Mobility South-West. They all showed their latest developments and solutions ‘Made in Baden-Württemberg’. Represented by the State Agency for Electric Mobility, e-mobil BW, and Baden-Württemberg International, the Agency for International Economic and Scientific Cooperation, the State of Baden-Württemberg used the EVS as a venue to advance international networking. At the German pavilion, e-mobil BW presented the cluster initiatives Electric Mobility South-West and Fuel Cell BW as well as the AllFraTech projects "InnoTherMS", "EMCC" and "SmartLoad".
Stopping by her home state's pavilion at the Hanover Fair at the event's mid-point, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Württemberg, was impressed by the innovative power showcased by the 26 exhibitors. These included many small to medium-sized companies as well as start-ups that were all very satisfied with the fair after three days. These companies apply forward-looking technology such as connectivity, artificial intelligence and climate-friendly drive systems to make sure that future mobility bears the stamp 'Made in Baden-Württemberg'. To overcome this comprehensive transformation process, we focus our strategic industrial and funding policy on trail-blazing, innovative technologies. We want to promote the proverbial innovative spirit of Baden-Württemberg enterprises and create future-proof workplaces," explained Hoffmeister-Kraut while touring the fair.
In 2019, the Baden-Württemberg pavilion once again turned out to be the hub for fair visitors keen on learning more about innovative mobility solutions. Representing their home state of Baden-Württemberg, the 26 exhibitors made a clear point of how fit the state's innovative enterprises are for future challenges.
At the opening of the Automotive Supplier's Day on Friday, 9th November 2018 in Esslingen, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Württemberg, emphasised the role of suppliers within the industry's current transformation process. "Tomorrow's mobility offers many market and growth opportunities that we in Baden-Württemberg should seize. The quest for new application options and supplementary technologies plays a key role in particular for the suppliers which greatly contribute to the success of the automotive industry in our state."
With a workforce of more than 150,000, automotive suppliers represent the greatest proportion of the automotive industry in Baden-Württemberg, with automobile manufacturers taking second place. Cooperation and networking are steadily gaining in importance during the transformation process. The network represented by the Automotive Supplier's Day Baden-Württemberg has been inspiring important developments for 20 years. On 9th November 2018, as part of the Strategic Dialogue for the Automotive Industry in Baden-Württemberg, the network presented itself in a new format and with an international focus. At the 2018 Supplier's Day, about 250 participants gained interesting insights into the methods employed by the companies adjusting their strategies to the current transformation. They also learned about current relevant trends and framework conditions. Presentations were given by, among others, the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), MAHLE, Gehring Technologies and the University of Stuttgart.