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ABOUT CLUSTEREXCHANGES
The ClusterXchange programme aims to support short-term exchanges to better connect Europe’s industrial ecosystems and facilitate transnational cooperation, peer learning, networking and innovation uptake between actors of different industrial clusters. It is implemented with support from cluster organisations that have teamed up in ESCP-4x partnerships.

Exchanges can be used to:

  • Learn from actors in another cluster
  • Explore growth opportunities in new markets
  • Take up new technologies, digitalisation and green low-carbon solutions
  • Invest in strategic interregional collaboration

Participants (visitors and hosts) of a transnational exchange can be representatives of cluster organisations and business network organisations, scaling-up support organisations (such as tech centres, research institutes, (digital) innovation hubs, fab labs, creative hubs, resource-efficiency service providers, incubators, accelerators) and SMEs that are cluster members from countries participating in the COSME programme.

UPCOMING CLUSTEREXCHANGES
4th-6th may 2022
GROUP EXCHANGE FOR EUROPEAN CLUSTERS IN FRANCE

The event is organised by the partner of the project and Host Organisation (HO) of the exchange – i-TRANS – Transport, Mobility and Logistics Competitiveness Cluster rooted in Hauts-de-France. The action of the i-TRANS cluster focuses on 6 priority sectors: the railway sector, automotive, aeronautics, electronics, smart mobility and logistics solutions.

The event foresees 3 full days of activities and consists of 3 main activities for the Visiting Organisations (VOs):

  • Gathering knowledge about both HO’s and VO’s activities, projects, R&D and Innovation, and other specific features and comparison analysis of market of transportation and composite technologies’ market
  • Sharing clusters’ best-practices and possible opportunities of collaboration (in EU projects, joint R&D activities, etc.)
  • Networking session among VOs and some companies (members) of the HO.
10th-12th may 2022
GROUP EXCHANGE IN TURKEY

The event is organised by the partner of the project ARUS (Anatolian Rail Transportation System Cluster) and foresees 3 full days of activities including attending the Rail Industry Show in Eskişehir, presentations of Turkish Railway market by ARUS, B2B meetings with Turkish companies at booths, visits to URAYSİM Test Center (Anadolu University) and local rail supply companies as TÜRASAŞ and Savronik or Albayrak.

The exchange allows all interested Visiting Organisations (VOs) not only to discover the vibrant Turkish railway market, visit the trade show or find new business partners, but also to receive a reimbursement for the costs incurred in the mission (travel, hotel, …) equal to 375 Euro. The participation requires an obligatory registration and specific steps to proceed according to the project.

20th-22nd june 2022
ACCELERATION EVENT: THE BLOCKCHAIN MADE EASY FOR SMEs AND EUROPEAN VALUE CHAINS

The initiative is organised by the DITECFER Railway Cluster in the framework of the EU-funded “EXXTRA” and “STARS” projects it coordinates, and in collaboration with the ERCI Task Forces “Cybersecurity in Railways” and “Multimodal Logistics”.

 DAY 1

  • Describe the state-of-the-art of the topics covered by the 2 Task Forces + of the Blockchain technology, as intro
  • Present a set of current use-cases of the Blockchain in the Railway and Multimodallity sector from key European stakeholders (Railway suppliers, National Railways, Ports, Logistics chains, etc.)

DAY 2

  • Pitch, discuss and work on potential new use-cases of the Blockchain in the Railway and Multimodality sector to deliver more performant, safer, and resilient European Value Chains. The goal is to work and promote ideas for joint projects with the ecosystem’s stakeholders (ports, multimodal freight terminals, freight transport operators, customers, supply industries, research centres, …). The use of the STARS Blockchain network will be possible.

DAY 3

  • “From cave to port”: Visit on the field with jeeps along the Marble supply chain, to follow the process from sourcing to port shipping at Marina di Carrara Port of the first Tuscan sector having applied the Blockchain technology from which the STARS Blockchain network has been derived.
SUCCESS STORIES
PHYSICAL EXCHANGE IN TURKEY BETWEEN ZLAB S.r.l AND ANATOLIAN RAIL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CLUSTER (ARUS)
 
Activities and the benefits participants gained through the exchange:

1) During the exchange period were done presentations on areas of competences, specific local market opportunities and projects in which ARUS cluster is involved.

2) The most valuable are considered the visits to companies, Ostim Technical University and Test center (2 per day) were structured according to the areas:

  • The use of Space and Defence Technologies
  • Engineering opportunities and projects in the Turkish Railways
  • Focus on Railway Research
  • Needs of Wagons and NDT in the Turkish Railways
  • Technology Centres Role in Railway Ecosystem
  • Focus on Urban Rail Transport
  • Railway Education and Rail Technology
  • Test systems in Turkish Rail Industry
  • Technology Centers Role in Railway Ecosystem

3) The physical interaction during exchange and support of ARUS cluster has increased the efficiency of communication, relationships and experiences gathered by the SME coming to discover a new market. Many valuable contacts have been gathered as a result of meetings organised and will definitively lead to enforcing of created links.

More information
CLUSTEREXCHANGE BETWEEN THE POLISH CLUSTER OF COMPOSITE TECHNOLOGIE AND MOBINOV
 
Under the EXXTRA ClusterXchange, the Polish Cluster for Composite Technologies and the Portuguese Automotive cluster MOBINOV virtually met, created the grounds for cooperation and helped their SMEs meet for business collaboration.
 
During the meeting, each cluster presented its activities, the activities of partners and areas of cooperation. Topics in the area of composite materials and the automotive industry were discussed.
 
At the next meetings, companies belonging to the Polish Cluster of Composite Technologies and MOBINOV was presented in order to establish direct B2B cooperation.
BACK ON MAFEX CLUSTEREXCHANGE

This event, held online, consisted in six half-day sessions in a period of three weeks (starting on the 27th of November 2020 and finalizing on the 18th of December 2020). The objective was to contribute to clusters capacity-building, exchange experiences and generate new potential collaborations between participating clusters.

OBJECTIVES THAT HAVE BEEN MET :

  • To know other cluster and other sectors and understand different markets.
  • To share knowledge of the different European projects.
  • To exchange good practices, lessons learned with other clusters.
  • To understand how to establish the cluster strategy. To think about the on-going challenges and to understand how to stablish new strategies trough the study of real cases.
  • To understand the importance of monitoring and measuring the cluster´s activities through KPIs.
  • To create synergies between clusters.
  • To build a strategic and collaborative network
  • To test the ClusterXchange programme.

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