The Network of Competence on Industrial Plasma Surface Technology is an association bringing together industry and research with the aim of promoting the application and further development of industrial plasma surface engineering. The individual activities of members are focused by the identification of trends and research fields, by getting know-how processes started, by building up knowledge which is made specially available to the members, and also by initiating and implement-ing projects. INPLAS is an accredited cluster network of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology and as a member of the go-cluster-Initiative recognized as an outstanding innovation network. The network has 42 members with approx. 200 active persons of that 70 percent originate from the industry.