The companies Kurre Spezialmaschinenbau GmbH from Lower Saxony and PCOtech B.V. from the Netherlands (Enschede) met at the site of the German cooperation partner in Saterland-Ramsloh for their kick-off event. The consortium led by Kurre Spezialmaschienbau GmbH convinced the jury with a coating technology from the field of nanotechnology.
The German company develops and manufactures special-purpose machines and systems for all industry areas. Particularly in the field of cable machines the Kurre Group is currently one of the market leaders. The driver of this cross-border cooperation is the pooling of special know-how to produce wear-resistant and low-friction surfaces. The Dutch company PCOtech B.V. is a specialist in the interaction of material surfaces for the industrial sector and has several proprietary technologies that change the fundamental properties of a surface. Therefore, the methods used are not traditional coatings, but rather surface modifications. Many years of experience and successful participation in projects (including cooperations with research institutes) characterize the company as an ideal Dutch cooperation partner.
Within the next two years, both partners will carry out their project as part of the INTERREG V A project ROCKET. Thereby this is the third innovation project that has been launched by the partners of the ROCKET consortium under the lead of innos - Sperlich GmbH. This increases the number to a total of ten ROCKET innovation projects and six feasibility studies with a total volume of 7.7 mio. €.
„ROCKET“ stands for RegiOnal Collaboration on Key Enabling Technologies and promotes cross-border cooperation between industry and science in the German-Dutch border area between the North Sea and the Lower Rhine to strengthen research, techological development and innovation. The focus is on key enabling technologies (KET, Key Enabling Technologies) such as nanotechnology, microsystems technology, micro and nanoelectronics, innovative materials and materials and photonics. These form the technological basis for the answers to the global challenge.
The objectives of the project are the development and implementation of cross-border innovation projects in the fields of health, energy and production as well as the financing of feasibility studies for the evaluation of project ideas. Thus, the knowledge transfer for the development of marketable, KET- based products should be achieved. By building a cross-border network with a large pool of high-tech SMEs and increasing their competitiveness to boost growth and job creation, this project has a high regional value for the German-Dutch border area.
INTERREG-projects promote transnational cooperation between regions within the framework of the „European Territorial Cooperation“ objective. This makes them one of the key instruments of European cohesion and regional policy.
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Dr. Andreas Baar