With its numerous technology-intensive segments, the marine technology industry is of great importance for the future and sustainable development of the German economy. The German marine technology industry should be offered optimal framework conditions to increase its competitiveness and thus participate in the forecast growth. For this purpose, a comprehensive survey, presentation and evaluation of the marine technology industry and science throughout Germany was carried out for the first time, which enables the position of the German marine technology industry to be determined and economic and technological potential to be identified up to the year 2020, as well as future-proof structures. The survey also provides information on existing cooperations and networks. The basis for this is a comprehensive survey of companies and institutes, supplemented by interviews with experts. Based on the results, an action plan will be developed to present a framework for action on which concrete steps are necessary to further expand and sustainably secure the competitiveness and additional employment potential of the marine technology industry. Part of the mandate is also the preparation of the "National Master Plan Maritime Technologies" (NMMT). The NMMT will provide a strategic and permanent framework with regard to maritime market, product, competence and technology developments. The clients of the Masterplan are politics, industry and science. The Masterplan makes a lasting contribution to the targeted improvement of technological innovations in the maritime sector. VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH was commissioned to prepare the study together with the consortium partners DSN, NORD/LB Regionalwirtschaft and MR Gesellschaft für Regionalberatung mbH.
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