BioEconomy Cluster

Where wood meets Chemistry


Central Germany’s BioEconomy Cluster is a value added cluster that focuses on the integrated material and energetic use of non-food biomass (especially beech wood and other biomass containing lignocellulose) to generate materials, chemicals, innovative products and sources of energy. A unique feature of the cluster is the cross-sector formation of value chains (e.g. timber and forestry industry, chemical and plastics industry, plant manufacturing and energy sector) and the integration of an established chemical region. At the Leuna Chemical Park, the country’s largest contiguous chemical site, the first bio-refineries have been constructed on a pilot and demonstration scale. The cluster region is also home to 40% of the nation’s beech trees - a key renewable raw material. Cluster participants are currently working on concepts surrounding renewable biomass provision and on the development, upscaling and industrial use of production processes as part of 45 joint and about 145 individual projects. The network of more than 100 industrial companies and research institutions is one of 15 Leading Edge Clusters of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The combination of chemistry and bioeconomy is also an inherent part of Saxony-Anhalt’s actual lead market strategy.


Central Germany

Main topics:

Mass flow logistics, innovative Wood Products, Base Chemicals from Lignocellulose, Biopolymers, Materials, Energy, Cascade Utilization, Management of the Bioeconomy, Education for the Bioeconomy

Main Markets:

Construction and building restoration, Specialty Chemicals, Adhesives, Bioplastics, Packaging, Automotive, Light Weight Construction, Fuels and Lubricants, Tensides, Wood-Plastic-Composites, Chemical Intermediates, Bioenergy




BCM BioEconomy Cluster Management GmbH
HProf. Dr. Matthias Zscheile (Managing Director)
Heinrich-Damerow-Straße 2
06120 Halle (Saale), Germany
Phone: +49 345 1314 2730

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