The Automotive Cluster RheinMainNeckar is a company driven cluster which was established in 2003. Today it consists of 450 members which cover the whole automotive value chain. The core region around Rüsselsheim/ Darmstadt has more automotive companies than Michigan stat, the heart of US automobile industry. 54,000 persons are employed in this sector. The region is also well known for its trade fares IAA and Automechanica.
Companies like Adam Opel AG, Pirelli Deutschland AG, Lear Corporation, Siemens VDO, Delphi Deutschland, Suzuki, Hyundai, Tyco Electronics, Continental Teves AG, MAN do have sites in the area.
Well-known universities contribute to education and research in the automotive sector: TU Darmstadt (renowned technical university), FH Wiesbaden-Rüsselsheim (university of applied sciences), Fraunhofer Institute for Operational Stability. And at least many companies established research an development centers in the Rhine-Main-region: There is the International Technical Development Center (Adam Opel AG), European development centers of Honda, Hyundai and Mazda are also located here.
Therefore the Automotive Cluster RheinMainNeckar covers a high potential region of automotive industry in Germany.
Das AutomotiveCluster RheinMainNeckar is active in the EU project „Transnational Clustering in the Automotive Sector (TCAS)“ which networks the competences of automotive clusters across Europe. The project TCAS was awarded as „Europe INNOVA Network of the year 2006“ by the European Commission.
In june 2008 the Automotive Cluster RheinMainNeckar was awarded as successfull Cluster by the State of Hesse.