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Hiroshima Environmental Business Promotion Council (HEBC)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Tuesday, 24 April, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
ECCP Responsible Person
Project Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Technology fields: 
Waste to energy - other
Recycling, Recovery
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Water treatment & equipment, Energy, Clean agriculture & aquaculture
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
METI Chugoku
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy

The Hiroshima Environmental Business Promotion Council (HEBC) is an environmental business promoter for local players. HEBC was founded by the Hiroshima Prefectural Government in 2012, in order to develop competitive advantages through cooperation with regional strategic clusters. Since then it has run active programs to assist its members win new business both within Asia and further afield. Historically Hiroshima fostered various heavy industries including automotive, ship-building and ironmaking, which consequently triggered pollution problems in the 1950s. These environmental issues were then addressed at the government’s initiative, one result being the development of environmental technologies, products and services in the region. Due to this background, Hiroshima boasts many credible companies and institutions that can provide solutions for worldwide environmental problems. Our ultimate goal is to increase the competitiveness of the Hiroshima environmental sector at the local and international level, thus facilitating an environmentally sustainable global society.

Main fields:

*Water treatment & equipment

*Waste management & recycling


*Air & soil quality

*Clean agriculture & aquaculture

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

Our vision is to establish Hiroshima as a leader in the global environmental tech. community, by enhancing our member’s competitiveness at the international level through the coordination, support and promotion of commercial opportunities. HEBC’s signature business is in Vietnam. We held business negotiation events and networking seminars between Vietnamese and Hiroshima companies and organizations through international programs such as RIT and CIEC, to conclude MoUs with Sóc Trăng Province and Can Tho City in Vietnam. Responding to the request of local authorities in Vietnam, we carried out many projects to solve environmental problems through boosting cross-institutional interactions, and getting a fund provided by the Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan. These efforts facilitated exchanges between organizations in Vietnam, and the superb technical skills and knowledge built by our SMEs in Hiroshima. Additionally, a joint appearance of the network at IFAT supported the visibility of our environmental technology industry beyond Hiroshima. We will continue to spread Hiroshima technologies worldwide by lobbying and encouraging environmental projects beyond our borders.

Detailed services we can provide are:

* Contact with companies in Hiroshima which have excellent technologies in the environmental and energy fields.

*Participate in conferences, exhibitions and events and generate new contacts and business leads.

*Develop business opportunities by offering local companies subsidies for oversea projects.

*Develop joint research projects with universities and research institutes in Hiroshima.

*Create new projects with strong links to our sister local authorities abroad.

*Consult on business development in Hiroshima.

*Utilize our business networking services between companies domestically and internationally.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Viet Nam
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Green Tech Cluster
Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Success Story / Achievements: 

*Concluded a memorandum regrading cooperation in the environmental purification industry field with Sóc Trăng Province and Can Tho City in Vietnam in 2017.

*Exchanged memorandums of understanding with BPPT (Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology) and APPLI (Environmental Pollution Control Association of Indonesia) in Indonesia in 2019.

*Exchanged memorandums with Green Tech Cluster in Austria in 2019.

*Exchanged memorandums with Cleantech Initiative Ostdeutschland in Germany in 2019.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Many of our members are interested in working in the EU on a wide range of themes. We would like to identify clusters which are working in the environmental sector and would be willing to collaborate with us. HEBC is a rich source of information regarding the environmental technologies owned by companies and organizations in Hiroshima.

In addition, we are able to provide you the necessary support for your launch in Asian markets in collaboration with HEBC members. By contacting us, you can easily find a favorite candidate to collaborate with from our approximately 170 member companies in Hiroshima.

Their prime technologies and products include:

*Sewer and rainwater pipe network design and management software

*Waste Tire Shredder Rice Husk Grind mill & Briquetter for a potential energy source or bio-absorbent

*Finned tube heat exchanger

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