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14 years of NIRO

A network that has yielded amazing results in 14 years of its existence. It begins with the promotion of young talent and ranges from purchase terms and the cross-company exchange of knowledge up to shared product innovations....


Leistungsbilanz: Vorteile in Zahlen
Die Mitgliedsunternehmen erhalten jährlich eine Leistungsbilanz.

15 Jahre NIRO
Am 2. November 2006 wurde NIRO gegründet. Zum 15. Geburtstag beginnt im November 2021 ein Jubiläumsjahr, das viele besondere Veranstaltungen und Aktivitäten bereithält.


The NIRO network timetable
Visualization of the comprehensive networking

The NIRO strategy paper
The NIRO strategy for the next three years, developed with the involvement of the board and member companies

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New Web site byNIRO GmbH
Relaunch of the homepage at:

NIRO as selected network in the nationwide cluster week
Report by go-cluster presents NIRO nationwide at the Hannover Messe

NIRO Academy
Launch of the new training programme NIRO TalentePLUS


New faces
Ingrid Lange as new Managing Director since April

Dr. Anja Zühlsdorf since June responsible for the fields of activity human resources, marketing and communication.

New task groups
New task groups complement the existing: IT, lean, maintenance, occupational safety, quality management and management assistants.

General meeting with distinction for 12 years of membership
AB Elektronik GmbH, Böcker AG, KHS GmbH, Montanhydraulik GmbH, TU Dortmund / Institut für Produktionssysteme (IPS), Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Unna mbH, Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Dortmund, Neuhäuser GmbH und der Unternehmensverband Westfalen-Mitte e. V. have a dozen full.


New Web site
Relaunch of the homepage at: 

New digital map
International presence and global commitment of NIRO companies 

New events
Die casting symposium – on 10 Oct. 2017 for the first time 


Task group PEP on the go-kart race track
Challenge: task group PEP against task group HR in 2017


Task group Industry 4.0
Starting signal for Industry 4.0 by managers of the member companies at the General Assembly


onepower purchasing pool
25 million euros in sales with 28 framework agreements by NIRO members and byNIRO customers as well as exchange of experience 

NIRO Academy
Start of the “NIRO Academy” online platform with 25 further education courses in the seminar program 


Robert Jungk Prize
Award for NIRO for civic commitment 

Networks of excellence, Germany = go-cluster Germany
Bronze label for NIRO membership 

The best networks in Europe – presentation in Brussels
NIRO presentation to the European Commission within the framework of a study on the best networks in Europe


Founding of the wholly-owned subsidiary byNIRO GmbH

NIRO Academy
Start of the academy for executives with numerous training courses for buyers, trainee agents program, etc. 

PEP to go – product development processes to go
First PEP-to-go trip by developers (insights into the development processes of member companies on site); will be repeated annually


NIRO Summer Festival
Exciting race between the task groups on the race track in Dortmund with a farewell to the graduates of the 1st degree program in Mechanical Engineering/Mechatronics of the Vocational Academy in the district of Unna


Collective agreement and exchange of employees
First exchange of employees between Böcker and Stromag, members of NIRO 

Exchange of knowledge
Start of the “NIRO Knowledge” online database for document management and exchange


Hannover Messe Industry
Annual NIRO appearance at the Hannover Fair 

Successful abroad
NIRO is present at international conferences (Brazil, Sweden, Spain, Algeria).


Task group Innovation
Implementation of 24 audits on “low-waste production” with benchmark visits at NIRO companies

Task group Shipping, Foreign Trade and Logistics
Conclusion of the framework contracts for general cargo and packages 

Task group Product Development
Implementation of a benchmark analysis of production processes at member companies 


Task group Purchasing
First bundled electricity tender with conclusion

Task group HR
First vocational academy in the district of Unna with dual training for engineers

Task group Marketing
NIRO brand development by member companies 

Nov. 2006

Eight companies from the district of Unna, the city of Dortmund and the city of Hamm break through boundaries and open up a whole new form of collaboration: In a close network, they wanted to exchange experience and resources, coordinate procurement, work together in developments, complement one another when tapping international markets. So they founded the “Netzwerk Industry RuhrOst e.V” association on 2 November 2006. 

The new merger of companies from the metal, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering industries is the result of two years’ work by “KompetenzCentrum Fabrikautomation” (Excellence Centre Factory Automation) project initiated by Wirtschaftsförderung Kreis Unna (Business Development, District of Unna).