The world in focus: Alliance for Clean Air
This alliance has it all: ClustAir consists mainly of medium-sized companies in the environmental technology sector and university institutes in Baden-Württemberg. Together, they want to bundle their diverse competencies along the entire air pollution control supply chain. "We are pursuing a focused internationalization strategy and want to work together in foreign markets," explains Jürgen Junker, Allianz spokesman. At the end of 2017, ClustAir formally formulated its own charter and is aimed, among others, at the metal and steel processing industry, the food industry, the chemical industry and the solvent processing industry.
The State Agency for Environmental Technology BW GmbH (UTBW) supports the association. It created the framework at the beginning, since then it supports the community in organizational matters and brings their needs into the offer of the country. UTBW also has a direct line to Baden-Württemberg International GmbH (bw-i), the center of excellence for international economic issues, and can draw on offers for the development of foreign markets.
The ClustAir community currently has eleven members and is clustered into multiple competency groups. "We cover the entire process chain: from technological air purification concepts to filter elements, nozzles and burners to complete systems including process gas analysis and emission and immission measurement," explains Junker, Managing Director of Junker-Filter GmbH, which belongs to Allianz. Other members are e-flox GmbH from Renningen, Sick AG from Waldkirch, Keller Lufttechnik GmbH & Co. KG from Kirchheim / Teck, Esta Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG from Ulm, Lechler GmbH from Metzingen, Dürr Systems AG from Bietigheim-Bissingen with its division Clean Technology Systems and the Palas® GmbH from Karlsruhe. In close collaboration with Heilbronn University (Process and Environmental Engineering), the University of Stuttgart (Department of Waste Management and Exhaust Air) and KIT (Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering, Gas Particle Systems), innovative solutions will be developed together.
Exchange as a basis for synergy effects "With our solutions we want to increase the productivity of our customers while protecting our environment. The trusting exchange between each other and the know-how of the members form the basis for exploiting synergies and benefiting from network effects”, concludes Junker. The companies organized in ClustAir have decided to work together for an indefinite period.
Fair-opening in Munich
ClustAir celebrates its trade fair premiere at IFAT 2018. At the joint Baden-Württemberg stand in Hall A1.431/530, the Alliance will present its competence portfolio for the first time and look forward to a direct exchange with experts. IFAT is the world's leading trade fair for environmental technologies and takes place from 14 to 18 May 2018 at the exhibition center in Munich.