The backbone of Brandenburg industry
The State of Brandenburg’s Metal Cluster is a network of organisations from business, science and local government. The purpose of all of its activities is to reinforce Brandenburg’s metal industry as the state’s traditional industrial backbone.
Focus on 3 areas of activity
The focus is on three areas of activity: innovation (material technology, digitalisation, efficiency etc.), cooperation (image, transfer of knowledge, supply chains etc.) and skilled workers (further education and training, acquisition, retention etc.). The cluster creates the conditions that will allow regional metal companies to compete in future in global markets despite a shortage of resources and the threat of a shortage of skilled workers.
High value added
In Eberswalde the metal industry covers a wide range of companies, from traditional engineering companies to steel processers, automotive suppliers and producers of energy and environmental technology. In keeping with the idea behind the clusters, all of the companies are connected in a cross-sector network. This improves the competitive position and creates stability. Many of the products made in Eberswalde find customers in Europe and worldwide. Therefore the opening up of international markets is also high on the agenda in Eberswalde.
The regional Eberswalde/Barnim metal network, a coalition of innovative local companies that concentrates among other things on the industry-specific training of skilled workers, creates additional synergies. It initiated a business-related, cross-company training programme and provides targeted support for the exchange of knowledge and information between the companies and the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.
ALKO Fördertechnik GmbH has been making since 1994 all kinds of lifts to meet the specific needs of its customers, who include the public sector, housing construction companies and private builders. ALKO employs a total of 35 people in Eberswalde and its Rostock branch.
The 2003-established company manufactures steel rope pulleys and crane wheels in a wide range of designs for use in cranes and conveyors, construction machinery, open-pit mining equipment and other areas of industry. New and replacement parts are designed and produced based on the company’s own and third-party standards and to customer specifications.
The Eberswalde branch of the railway company Deutsche Bahn’s vehicle maintenance operation is responsible for the maintenance of goods wagons. Decades of experience in all areas of maintenance, efficient production technologies, state-of-the-art hall complexes and highly-qualified and motivated staff guarantee the flexible performance of maintenance and refurbishment work.
The main business of the company that has been based in Eberswalde since 2013 is the cutting, bending and supply of reinforcement steel for homes, large residential complexes, shopping centres, hospitals, industrial plants and bridge structures.
Since it was established in 1999, the company has concentrated on the implementation and development of new and innovative production processes for the manufacture of tubes and profiles for chassis, structure and engine applications. With state-of-the-art technologies, weight optimisations, quality improvements and cost reductions are achieved continually.
FINOW Rohrsysteme GmbH produces high-quality components used in power, chemical and industrial plant construction. The company’s other core competences include the inductive bending and welding of pipeline elements.
The 1993-established company specialises in manufacturing precision aluminium diecast parts for the automotive industry and supplies steering and gear systems to leading international vehicle manufacturers. HANKE employs approx. 50 people.
The machinery construction company with over 150 employees, previously known as Kranbau Eberswalde, specialises in the manufacture of high-tech rail cranes and port-technology solutions. In 1932 Ardelt developed the patent-protected double jib-system for slewing cranes, which together with its expertise in electric drive technology, still leads the world market today.
Metallbau Finow GmbH specialises in industrial steel construction, job production and the production of serial products. The company realises high-quality and efficient projects in the area of metal construction and design.
The company supplies numerous metal-processing companies in the region and beyond. It manufactures among other things ball cages for use in for example cranes and wind turbines.
The company develops low-cost, tailored solutions in the areas of cutting and steel construction. It uses innovative cutting technologies that allow work pieces to be machined two and three-dimensionally.
ODIG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ODEG – Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH (East German Railways). One of its three workshops, in which ODEG’s vehicles are serviced, cleaned and refuelled, is located in Eberswalde. More than EUR 5 million have been invested in the location in recent years.
Rothe Erde GmbH is the world’s biggest producer of slewing bearings and seemless rolled rings. Its products are used in machinery construction, vehicles, antennas, offshore technology and wind and solar power plants.
Since it was founded in 1984, Schmidt Maschinenbau GmbH has developed into an internationally-established supplier of machine parts and automotive components. The company employs a total of 150 people in Westhausen and Eberswalde.
The range of services provided by the company includes steel construction, hydro-steel construction, bridge cranes and crane tracks, HGV and track scales, noise barriers, galvanizing in the network and colour coating in its own production.
As a full-service provider, umetec designs, produces and assembles tailored solutions made out of metal. In the process the company focuses on the development and implementation of high-quality solutions for a range construction projects for the regional and national economy and public and private contractors with high functional requirements.
Using a new production process, Zaron has since 2002 produced precision parts based on the specifications and samples provided by its customers. This new broaching process is patented and protected by international law. Another major part of the company’s business is wire cutting.