Logistics in NRW
Thanks to an ideal set of conditions, the logistics industry is among the fastest growing business sectors in North Rhine-Westphalia. NRW ranks as one of Europe's major transportation hubs. The direct links with the Belgian and Dutch seaports and the dense transport network make NRW the leading logistics location in Europe. The volume of air freight is expanding continuously. Well-developed inland waterways offer direct access to destinations throughout Europe. Via the new Betuwe freight railroad NRW is now connected directly to Rotterdam, Europe's largest seaport.
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Networks – Innovation transfer for a successful future
Under the umbrella of "EffizienzCluster LogistikRuhr" more than 160 companies and 12 research institutes are in the process of developing new logistics technologies. The state cluster for logistics ("LogistikCluster NRW") has created specific platforms for logistics-related issues and promotes the practical application of research findings. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) in Dortmund is one of the world's largest research facilities in the field of logistics.
Logistics enterprises in NRW
Region Ruhr Metropolis
For the first time in logistics IT, a cloud computing solution enables the hiring and user-oriented accounting of services, processes and programmes in the form of separate, flexible and mutually-compatible modules. Welcome to the Logistics Mall! This virtual supermarket offers software suppliers and users an on-line platform to market and acquire logistics software. Here clients can find solutions for a wide range of fields, starting with commissioning, packaging and relocation down to complete supply chains. Cloud technology helps the user not only to choose the programmes using their internet browser, but also to configure and manage them with no need to worry about installation or maintenance. The Logistics Mall has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and Software and Systems Engineering (ISST) in Dortmund. The platform has already won many awards, among them the "Innovationspreis-IT 2011" and “elog@istics award 2012".