The dortmund-project

This site provides you with all essential information about Dortmund, one of the fastest growing technology cities in Germany, and about the dortmund-project, offering specific information to companies abroad, which are interested in expanding their operations to the heart of Europe.

The dortmund-project focuses on the New Economy in the region of Dortmund. The project was initiated in 1999 by the City of Dortmund, McKinsey & Company, and about 80 private Investors in the Dortmund region (e.g.ThyssenKrupp AG). Its goal is to strengthen the role of the city as a leading center for IT, MEMS, and e-logistics in Germany.

Contact details:
Hohe Str. 1
44139 Dortmund
Phone: +49 (0)231 - 286 584 0
Fax: +49 (0)231 - 286 584 29
E-mail: info@dortmund-project.com


In a global society the manufactoring sector is marked by an ever increasing competition. The aim of machinery and equipment manufacturers is to enhance their competitiveness on the market. To achieve that goal, companies offer value-added services in addition to their main products. Thanks to the opportunities of the Internet, those value-added services can easily be offered, transacted and billed. Services are changing into e-Industrial Services.



The need for decision support based on simulation studies is steadily increasing. As far as manufacturing businesses are concerned, the reasons for this are pimarily a greater market turbulence and the rapidly growing complexity and vigor of production and logistics processes. In the area of "planning and optimizing production and logistics systems", the following value added services have been included in the platform.

Contact details:
Fraunhofer Association
e-Industrial Services
Tom-David Graupner

Nobelstraße 12
D - 70569
Tel. +49(0)711/970-1184
Fax. +49(0)711/970-971000
E-mail: eis@ipa.fhg.de


IVU Traffic Technologies AG

IVU Traffic Technologies AG is a leading supplier of IT solutions for planning, controlling and optimisation of transportation and logistics processes. Based on over 25 years of experience IVU provides standardised software products as well as customised solutions for companies and public authorities with focus on public transport, logistics, easyGovernment and Geomarketing.


eBusiness, eCommerce, One-to-One Marketing and Customized Services are the talk of the global village. Really extensive solutions, which take all the economic processes of a company into consideration are - so far, however - rare. The IVU has specialised in eBusiness solutions that interlink mobile communication and the internet. Our innovative integration platform ETS connects telemetrics, GIS and internet technology and this way enables the smooth exchange of information respectively data between mobile phones, personal computers, internet and data servers.

Contact details: 

IVU Traffic Technologies AG

Matthias Rust
Departmental Manager
Bundesallee 88

D-12161 Berlin

Phone: +49.30.85 906-452

Fax: +49.30.85 906-499

E:mail mr@ivu.de


Helmholtz Association

Research Field - Transport and Space
So, where is modern society bound for? The answer depends on a series of decisive factors, including mobility, information, communication, safety and security, and sustainable environmental management.

The research field 'Transport and Space' produces concepts and technical solutions which contribute substantially to mastering these challenges. Scientists define the research topics of the future at an early stage and deliver concrete problem solutions for industry and society.

Programme structure
Three programmes belong to this research field:

  • Transport

  • Aeronautics

  • Space

Helmholtz research in 'Transport and Space' is at home in a single institution: the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). However, the DLR collaborates closely with other Helmholtz research fields - especially 'Energy', 'Earth and Environment', Key Technologies' and 'Health'.

The 'Transport' programme plays a particularly important role
'Transport and Space' was one of the first two Helmholtz research fields to be evaluated by internationally-distinguished experts in 2002. This review served as a basis for the programme-oriented funding totalling some €276m which the research field is receiving in 2003.

The major consequence of the evaluation is that the transport programme will be expanded, because it is seen as a particularly important political-strategic field. This is why its budget will increase from initially €9m to around €15m over the coming five years (plus contract funding). This budgetary growth will be made possible by shifting funds from the aviation and space programmes, which also received outstanding scientific evaluations.

Contact details:
Helmholtz Gemeinschaft
Christian Piehler
Helmholtz Head Office
Ahrstrasse 45
53175 Bonn
Phone: +49 228 30818-25
Fax: +49 228 30818-30
E-mail: christian.piehler@helmholtz.de


AiF Institutes

The AiF is the German Federation of Industrial Cooperative Research Associations "Otto von Guericke" (Arbeitsgemeinschaft industrieller Forschungsvereinigungen "Otto von Guericke" e.V.). The central concern of this registered non-profit association is the promotion of applied Research and Development (R&D) for the benefit of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Organized by industry, the AiF supports the efficient usage and advancement of R&D-programmes in order to increase the competitive strength of SME. To this end, the AiF has created a unique infrastructure, comprising an industry-based innovations network covering over 100 industrial research associations, with approx. 50,000 SME, and about 800 associated research institutions. Within this structure, the AiF's two offices in Cologne and Berlin provide practice-driven innovation consultancy promoting R&D on a national and, increasingly, an international scale. Since its foundation in 1954 the AiF has been a competent partner to the federal government - currently the Federal Ministries for Economics and Work (BMWA) and for Education and Research (BMBF) - functioning as a bridge between industry and science within the framework of various R&D-programmes. The AiF acts as an agency for the promotion of R&D for small and medium-sized enterprises in two ways: on the one hand, it lays the foundations for industrial cooperative research in the pre-competitive stage for the benefit of entire industrial sectors; and on the other hand, the AiF acts as a programme managing executive for governmental R&D-support-measures for the benefit of individual companies and Universities of Applied Sciences. Overall, the AiF has an annual budget of nearly 250 million Euro of public funds.

Contact details:


Alexandra Dick

Communication manager

Bayenthalgürtel 23
50968 Köln

Phone: 0221 37680-15

Fax: 0221 37680-27

E-mail: oea@aif.de


A list of Universities in Germany doing research on e-Logistics related topics


Contact person


FH Aachen

Prof. Dr. Joepen

Logistics concepts in e-Commerce, networking, JIT

TU Berlin



Prof. Dr. Severin

Trends & strategies in logistics, integrated networks, 3PL etc. Elements of logistic systems

Uni Bochum

Prof. Dr. Gabriel

e-business technologies

FH Braunschweig/WB

Prof. Dr. Bruns

Positioning, routing planning, fleet management, logistic concepts

Hochschule Bremerhaven


Prof. Dr. Wieske

Risk management in outsourcing, e-Commerce, logistics

TU Chemnitz

Prof. Dr. Wirth

Logistics simulation

TU Darmstadt

Prof. Dr. Pfohl

e-Commerce, logistics, SCM

Uni Dortmund

Prof. Dr. Heinz

Dr. Jünemann

E-Commerce, intelligent sensor systems & control, work-flow - management systems etc

Uni Duisburg

Prof. Dr. Bretzke

SCM, e-commerce

Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Klaus

ECR, paperless forwarding

FH Flensburg

Prof. Dr. Krieger

e-Commerce, telematics

Uni Frankfurt

Prof. Dr. Isermann

e-Logistics, e-commerce, SCM

Uni Hamburg

Prof. Dr. Seelbach

Positioning, routing planning, fleet management

TU Hamburg-Harburg

Prof. Dr. Pawellek

Optimisation of logistic systems, integrated planning and control

Uni Karlsruhe

Prof. Dr. Arnold

SCM, communication systems

Uni Magdeburg

Prof. Dr. Schenk

Prof. Dr. Ziems


SCM, e-Commerce, e-business, telematics, KM in logistics, logistics of

service processes, system management

Uni Mannheim


Prof. Dr. Ihde

E-commerce, e-logistics, networking

Uni Marburg


Prof. Dr. Göpfert

Logistics trends, innovation management in logistics

TU München


Dr. Wildemann

Supply chain management, KM in logistics, electronic sourcing

Uni BW München


Prof. Dr. Berg

Electronic-sourcing, telematic networking, planning, fleet management

TF Wildau


Dr. Hentschel

Tele services, virtual logistics systems, logistics chains

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