Competence partners

August-Wilhelm Scheer Institut für digitale Produkte und Prozesse gGmbH

The August-Wilhelm Scheer Institute for Digital Products and Processes gGmbH brings together research, innovation and entrepreneurship. The fastest growing digitization institute in Germany is working on the enterprise of the future (Super Smart Enterprise) and developing modern digital technologies and innovative business models for it.


Plant engineering, the manufacture of plant components and service in the energy sector, for the chemical and petrochemical industry and for environmental technology – more than 180 member companies with 60,000 employees and around 15 billion euros in sales form a strong alliance in the FDBR for this purpose.

FIR - Forschungsinstitut für
Rationalisierung e.V.

The FIR is a non-profit, cross-sector research and training institution at RWTH Aachen University in the field of business organisation and corporate IT with the aim of creating the organisational foundations for the digitally networked industrial company of the future.

Fraunhofer IML

The Fraunhofer IML is considered the address for all questions concerning holistic logistics and works in all fields of internal and external logistics. Founded in 1981, Fraunhofer IML currently employs 260 scientists and 250 doctoral candidates and students, supported by colleagues in workshops, laboratories and service areas.

FVI - Forum Vision Instandhaltung e.V.

The FVI – with more than 500 members from small and medium-sized businesses, large-scale industry, science and politics – is proactive in the field of industrial maintenance. Knowledge transfer and the identification of future trends in the field of maintenance are special concerns of the FVI.

Hochschule Ruhr West

The Hochschule Ruhr West with campuses in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Bottrop is a university of applied sciences that was founded in 2009 to promote the structural change in the Ruhr region with highly educated graduates. In addition, as a research and science location, it is committed to setting sustainable and innovative development impulses in the region within the framework of diverse cooperations. HRWStartUps is a program of the Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences to promote innovation and entrepreneurship by means of interdisciplinary teaching offers, start-up consulting and support as networking activities in the western Ruhr region. Our goal is to motivate and empower people to think and act entrepreneurially in order to contribute to a future worth living.


The aim of the non-profit association MFA is the international practice-oriented exchange of knowledge between business and science in the fields of maintenance, facility management and technical service. The MFA sees itself as an information and communication platform and offers its members a variety of special services. The association is the official Austrian representation in the European network of EFNMS (European Federation of National Maintenance Societies).

SV Veranstaltungen

Süddeutscher Verlag Veranstaltungen GmbH is a company of Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich, a subsidiary of Südwestdeutsche Medienholding, Stuttgart. More than 100 professional events benefit from the proximity and cooperation with the media of Süddeutscher Verlag, including a large number of professional information offerings and, of course, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest national quality newspaper.

VAIS - Verband für Anlagentechnik und IndustrieService e.V.

VAIS Verband für Anlagentechnik und IndustrieService e.V. is a trade and business association for the promotion and representation of the technical and economic interests of its members. Our medium-sized member companies are an essential factor for a competitive industry and the future of their locations and contribute significantly to the success of key industries based on technical processes. We promote the exchange of experience between member companies, are actively involved in forming networks and are committed to promoting our image in politics, business and society.

VDI - Verein Deutscher Ingenieure

155,000 engineers are members of Europe’s largest technical and scientific association, the VDI. The VDI Association of German Engineers provides important impetus for new technologies and technical solutions for a better quality of life, a better environment and more prosperity.

VTH - Verband Technischer Handel

The VTH Verband Technischer Handel e.V. was founded in 1904 as a voluntary protective association of the then asbestos and rubber goods dealers. In the course of time, the function was supplemented by diverse service offerings. Today, the VTH is the only trade association for the technical trade sector and professional association for technical dealers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

WVIS - Wirtschaftsverband für
IndustrieService e.V.

The task of the Wirtschaftsverband für Industrieservice e.V. (WVIS) is to comprehensively communicate the broad spectrum of the industry, to bundle competences and to project a representative image of the industry to the outside world.  We do this in close contact with the member companies and taking into account current topics from practice. The association currently represents industrial service providers with a turnover of around 13 billion euros and more than 120,000 employees.

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