In the meantime, 70 companies belong to NIRO and they all pursue the same goal: to strengthen the industrial electronics and mechanical engineering location Eastern Ruhr Area in global competition and to secure employment in the region. The existing economic and technological performance of the companies in the region is to be increased.
There are various possibilities for membership or partnership in the NIRO network. The status of membership depends on the type of business of the applicant:
Full members are manufacturing companies from the metal, mechanical engineering and industrial electronics sectors.
Admission is subject to the following criteria, which should be fulfilled as a prerequisite for the joint attainment of objectives in accordance with the NIRO statutes:
- The number of employees is at least 75. Exceptions are possible, for example in the case of companies with specific innovation technologies.
- The company is no further than a 45-minute drive from the NIRO office in Unna.
- NIRO follows the principle of exclusion of competition. This means that companies which are in direct competition with a NIRO member cannot normally be admitted. Exceptions can be made if the competing NIRO member expressly supports membership.
Fulfilment of these basic criteria does not yet entitle you to immediate admission to NIRO. In general, the final decision on the membership of a company lies with the board of directors.