The Logistics Initiative Hamburg is a major industry network. The registered association “Logistik-Initiative Hamburg e.V.” was established by representatives of the business community and the Hamburg State Ministry of Economic and Labour Affairs. With more than 500 active members from the logistics industry and related sectors, this powerful network is the largest of its kind in Germany. As a public-private partnership, the Logistics Initiative aims to expand Hamburg’s role as the leading logistics hub in northern Europe and provide support for all logistics-related industries, trades and services. The Logistics Initiative Hamburg is one of four award winners of the "Kompetenznetz 2009" competition held by Kompetenznetze Deutschland, an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.