Study of industrial synergies between Suzhou und Baden-Wuerttemberg

An ongoing internationalization trend can be observed at companies worldwide. More and more companies seek a global presence on the main markets in all relevant functions, especially in production and procurement.  Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) in Jiangsu is considered being the largest project set up by the Chinese and the Singaporean government. Significant investments took place in the recent years by establishing national as well as international companies and universities in an area of about 300 km2. The business location Baden-Württemberg in Germany is considered being one of Europe’s leading regions in technology research and innovation, focusing mainly on the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and optics as well as medical, measurement and control engineering.  The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) and the Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee (SIPAC) conduct in the year 2014 the study on synergies and potential collaboration for industrial enterprises and research cooperation located in SIP and Baden-Wuerttemberg.  Assigned for the implementation and evaluation of the study were the wbk Institute of Production Science at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Prof. Gisela Lanza), the ILIN Institute for Learning and Innovation in Networks at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (Prof. Steffen Kinkel), and the Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute (GAMI) in Suzhou (Stefan Ruhrmann).  The result will be a detailed analysis of the fundamental strengths and weaknesses of both technology areas that will show profitable insights for the future strategic and international orientation of their industrial companies. Moreover, the results are complemented by best-practice recommendations.