IND-AGRO-POL

Romania: Bucharest-Ilfov
Cornelia Muraru-Ionel

Overview

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About us

The mission of competitiveness Pole IND-AGRO-POL is to stimulate the innovation and collaboration in the sector of technical equipments construction for agriculture and food industry and in related sectors (Bioeconomy, renewable energy, environment and climate changes, eco-technologies and advanced materials, information technology and communications), in order to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainable development of these sectors, of regional development and inteligent growth, sustainable and favorble to social inclusion.

Objectives of competitiveness pole:

- Harmonization and representation of all members;

- Creating and commercialization of innovative products and services in the field of machines and equipments for agriculture and food industry and also in related fields;

- Increasing the competitiveness of branch by tangible and intangible investments, financed from own resources or from national or European Community funds;

- Creating conditions to ensure sustainable development of the regions from the geographical area of IND-AGRO-POL;

- Creating the regional clusters as regional pillars of IND-AGRO-POL. The first one (Indagro Vest cluster) was created in 2013;

- Identifing the opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration between IND-AGRO-POL members and also between another Romanian, European and international clusters. One useful tool on this way is the "Competence mapping" methodology developed by Lower Austria. This tool was already applied in INMA (member of IND-AGRO-POL) as a pilot action.

The main economic sector:

-  Manufacture of technical equipments for agriculture and food industry

Related economic sectors:

- Bio-economy;

- Renewable energy;

- Environment and climate changes;

- Eco-technologies and advanced materials;

- Information technology and communications.

For each economic sector activities are carried out and specific services are provided by a team of specialists having an extensive and demonstrated experience in field provided.

The headquarter of IND-AGRO-POL Association (cluster organization) is in Bucharest, Romania, at the INMA headquarter. IND-AGRO-POL Association has 6 offices in Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Pitesti, Ploiesti and Buzau, for better regional coverage and closed collaboration for all members.

RDI objectives of IND-AGRO-POL: SMART AGRICULTURE; FUNCTIONAL FOOD; INDUSTRY 4.0

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 137
    Cluster Members
  • 83
    SME's
  • 6
    Large Companies
  • 29
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 16
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

In the framework of CLUSTERIX project, IND-AGRO-POL experts ellaborated in 2014 the Romanian Regional Implementation Plan (under profesional coordination of ecoplus Austria), focused on cluster policies in Romania in order to foster cross-sector collaboration, with the following objectives: Increasing the innovation capacity and competitiveness at national and regional level; Improvement and strategic re-orientation of regional cluster policies towards smart specialisation; Development/improvement of tools helping the identification of existing and new technological developments and trends at an early stage with a high potential for boosting the regional economic growth; Support to the identification of strategic partner regions in Europe (-> Smart Specialization:  Connectivity). This Regional Implementation Plan was transfered to the Romanin Ministry of Economy which is responsable for Cluster policy in Romania.

Also, IND-AGRO-POL was selected by CLSUTERIX team as a best practice and was included in the "Clusterix Manual of Best Practices" (http://www.ecoplus.at/sites/default/files/ClusteriX-Manual-of-Good-Prac…) pag. 72-72. This Best Practice deals with the main generation of the national pole of competitiveness in the field of agricultural machinery cross cutting value chains in agriculture, food industry, agricultural tractors and machineries industry, biotechnologies and mechatronics.

Three success factors can be traced back: implication of the pole driver, INMA and the existing collaboration between INMA and all members of the pole; mobilization ONLY of the most relevant actors in the field, from 8 all Romanian development regions; optimum use of resources and know how (specific know how in the sector, management, external consultancy).

The lessons learnt from CLUSTERIX project were applied in the IND-AGRO-POL activities.

Management team

Cornelia Muraru Ionel
Cluster Manager
Vergil-Marian Muraru
ECCP Responsible Person
Razvan-Ionut Teodorescu
Other
Sebastian-Lucian Muraru
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Advanced Packaging

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

1. Cooperation:

- Implementing and monitoring of IND-AGRO-POL development strategy;

- Initiation and development of actions and common projects between business environment, RDI environment, authorities and catalytic entities, including the cross-sectoral ones;

- Establishment of common databases and know-how, with the corresponding protection of intellectual property;

- Optimization of non - technological resources, common acquisitions, common processes.

2. RDI:

- Initiation and development of joint RDI projects, including the inter-disciplinary ones;

- Development of joint innovative prototypes and products;

- Optimization of technological processes;

- Developing innovative business of common interest.

3. Training / Vocational human resources:

- Identification of common necessary in training and human resources forming;

- Organization of information and training seminars, training courses of human resources;

- Elaboration of proposals for adapting the university curriculum and of the pre and postgraduate, accordingly to specialized human resource needs of the competitiveness pole;

- Supporting jointly of doctoral and postdoctoral programs from the field of activity of the competitiveness pole.

4. Marketing and PR:

- PR and common communication, common website, common newsletters;

- Editing of publications of common interest;

- Joint organization of regional events, national and international;

- Development of common databases;

- Organization of participation jointly in the regional fairs, national and international;

- Organizing joint campaigns for attracting of young professionals.

5. Networking and Internationalization:

- Organization of events, study visits, exchanges of experience, brokerages, company missions, economical missions in the the common interest of members;

- Collaboration with other poles competitiveness / clusters of the country and abroad in order to achieve of strategic partnerships.

6. Transfer of knowledge:

- Common Market Studies;

- Technological audits, of diagnosis and prognosis;

- Organization of technology brokerages;

- Development of start-ups and spin-offs, appropriate to development necessary of competitiveness pole.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG

Name & description

The cluster members collaborate in joint projects funded by:

- COSME EU programme;

- HORIZON 2020 EU Programme;

- INTERREG EUROPE;

- INTERREG DANUBE;

- Romanian RDI Plan 2015-2020

- Competitiveness Operational Programme, 2014-2020.

Project name

"Promotion of RO3 SMEs through Enterprise Europe Network — PROSME" (COSME)

"PROSME - Improving RO3 SMEs management of innovation — PROSME-INN" (HORIZON 2020)

"New Models of Innovation for Strategic Cluster Partnerships - CLUSTERIX 2.0" (INTERREG EUROPE)

"Transnational Cluster Cooperation active on Agro – food, based on Smart Specialization Approach in Danube region - Danube S3 Cluster" (INTERREG DANUBE)

"Network and web platform to improve the public awareness on environmental management and protection in the cross border area Giurgiu – Rousse and adjacent cross border areas - AEMPROBG" (Romania-Bugaria Cross-Border Programme)

"Clusters for European Innovation Cross-Linking - CLUSTERIX" (INTEREG IV C)

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Georgia
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Austria
Croatia
Germany
Hungary
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

The IND-AGRO-POL competitiveness pole management participated at the specific c2c matchmaking events organised by the European Commission:

- SME Internationalization through Clusters - Cluster Matchmaking Event organized in La Louviere – Belgium, on 17.02-19.02.2014;

- SME Internationalization through Clusters - Cluster Matchmaking Event organized in Seville and Merida – Spain, on 3-4.04.2014;

- Cluster Matchmaking Event on agro-food manufacturing value-chain in EUROMED countries, organized in Milan - Italy, on 6-7.05.2015;

- EU-U.S. CLUSTER COOPERATION SEMINAR & MATCH-MAKING EVENT, organized in Hannover - Germany, on 25-26.04.2016.

During these events the cluster management team had a lot of meetings in the name of cluster members and identified a lot of potential collaborations, some of them finalized by joint projects and events.

In the context of Enterprise Europe Network, the cluster organization and the members of IND-AGRO-POL competitiveness pole participated at the specific company missions and trans-national b2b/ c2c events.

Most of these meetings were finalised with Business or Research partnership agreements.

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 14.07.2017
Cluj-sterix 2.0 - The CLUSTERIX 2.0 presence at the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference in Cluj, Romania