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PRODUTECH - Production Technologies Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 10 October, 2008
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
PRODUTECH is officialy recognised by the Portuguese Government as the Cluster for Production Technologies in Portugal
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Portugal Clusters
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
+351 226 166 897
Maria João
Project Manager
+351 226 166 897
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
Machine Tools
Plant Design and Maintenance
S3 EU priority areas: 
Computer programming, consultancy & related activities
Advanced manufacturing systems
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy

PRODUTECH – Production Technologies Association is the promoter and manager of the Production Technologies Cluster.

PRODUTECH aims to implement collective efficiency strategies and initiatives that promote the competitiveness, growth and development of manufacturing technology companies in a structured way.

PRODUTECH promotes initiatives that boost the companies’ internationalization, innovation and qualification processes. It aims at promoting and exploiting the emergence of agglomeration economies through cooperation and networking between manufacturing technology companies and other relevant stakeholders, such as companies from customer sectors or organizations from the National Science and Technology System.


  • Promoting and supporting initiatives and projects that value and expand the cooperation between manufacturing technology companies and other relevant entities and stakeholders;
  • Promoting the image and valorization of manufacturing technology companies and industry;
  • Promoting research, development, innovation and a constant exchange of ideas, experiences and projects with the abovementioned companies and sectors;
  • Establishing privileged contacts with higher education institutions, research units, interface R&D institutions, technology centers and other public and private entities, as well as with other similar national or international institutions;
  • Providing services to associates and other contributing entities, creating and administrating funds on their behalf;
  • Disseminating and discussing relevant topics by promoting conferences and workshops, as well as publishing documents and studies not only for the associates, but also for the general public;
  • Cooperating with public authorities and other associations in order to carry out joint initiatives;
  • Fulfilling the necessary and adequate responsibilities in order to pursue the Association’s aims.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
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?: 
Forum Oceano
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)

(non-exhaustive listing)

Project MANU-SQUARE  - MANUfacturing ecoSystem of QUAlified Resources Exchange (Grant Agreement Nr: 761145)

+ Project PIMAP Partnership - Photonics for International Markets and Applications (GrantAgreement Nr: 83407)

+ Project DIH2 (Grant Agreement Nr.: 824964

+ Project DIH4CPS - Fostering Cyber-Physical Systems (Grant Agreement Nr. 872548

+ Project CLAMTEX - (Grant Agreement Nr. 872862

+ Project GALACTICA (Grant Agreement Nr. 872336

+ Project PRODUTECH SIF - Solutions for the Industry of the Future [nr. 24541]

+ Project PRODUTECH PSI - New Products and Services for the Manufacturing Industry [nr. 13849]

+ Project PRODUTECH PTI - New Processes and Innovative Technologies for the Production Technologies Industry [nr.13851]

+ Project [nr. 8165] Prospective, Roadmapping, Training, Vigilance and Benchmarking

+ Project [nr. 7585] Promotion, Coordination and Management of PRODUTECH Cluster

+ Project [nr. 40808] Coordination of PRODUTECH Cluster 2.5

+ Project [nr. 15224 ] PRODUTECH INTERNATIONALIZATION 3.0 - PHASE I Beyond these PRODUTECH collaborates and accompanies the workings of several european projects and coordination actions within the domains of Roadmapping, Prospective Studies and R&D.

Participation under in the Portuguese National Strategic Reference Framework (framework for the application of structural funds during the period 2007-2013)

Participation under the Portugal 2020 (framework for the application of structural funds during the period 2014-2020)

Active contributor to the establishment of Smart Specialization Strategy both at national and regional level

Participation under Horizon 2020 Programme

Participation under COSME Programme

Participation under INTERREG Programme  

Relevant Project References: 
Active participant, in articulation with Norte Regional Authority, in the pilot actions of Vanguard Initiative
Success Story / Achievements: 
+++Success Story 1 - PRODUTECH OPEN DAYS - Leveraging capacities, competencies, new projects and business opportunities Context / Description: Initiatives held at key reference users from selected industries (SONAE, COLEP, TEGOPI, POLISPORT, …), with the participation of suppliers of production technologies and RTD organizations. Presentation of the main challenges, industrial requirements and needs (company and industry) at short, medium and long term. Identification of business and R&D opportunities. Results: On the basis of these initiatives several business opportunities and collaborative projects were implemented in reference companies, providing grounds for technology transfer, for collaboration between suppliers and R&D organizations, and for the launch of new R&D and Innovation projects, gathering Production Technologies Companies, Enterprises from Manufacturing Industrial Sectors (users of production technologies) and R&D organizations.
+++Success Story 2 - PRODUTECH PSI and PRODUTECH PTI projects - Developing new products and technologies Context/Description: These are two umbrela projects within Research, Development and Demonstration priority of PRODUTECH, gathering over 40 partners with a combined budget of over 12,5 Million Euros. PRODUTECH PSI has as main objective to research, design and develop new products and advanced services that in the future will be marketed by companies of the Portuguese production technology cluster. The project focus on key research topics, forwarding advances beyond the state-of-the art, and aims the development of a new generation of production technology systems, solutions, products and services. The delivery of innovative, flexible, integrated and competitive solutions to the client sectors from the manufacturing industry will enable product differentiation, market distinctiveness and a solid ground for the sustainability of the Production Technology Industry. The project include 5 sub-projets in the following domains: (1) Intelligent production systems; (2)Flexible and efficient production systems; (3) Operations management and logistics for customized products; (4) Networked production systems; (5) Energetic and environmental efficiency of production systems. PRODUTECH PTI has as main objective to research, design and develop new technologies, advanced processes and innovative business models for the production technologies industry. The project focus on key research topics and aims to achieve new methodologies, advanced solutions and industrial breakthroughs, and to contribute to the deployment of the building blocks for the sustainable competitiveness of the Portuguese production technology industry. By addressing to the set up and definition of new business models and by deploying advanced tools for the design and development of new products, systems and services, this project aims to provide production technology companies with new methodological tools and technologies that will enhance their performance and market distinctiveness. The project include 3 sub-projets in the following domains: (1) Business models and support tools; (2) Advanced tools for the development of new products, systems and services; (3) Peripheral systems and applications for flexible and mobile robotics. Results: The launch of these projects translates the cluster's ability to generate a critical mass, gathering suppliers of Production Technologies, Companies from User Industrial Sectors and R&D organizations, to generate technological breakthroughs.
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

PRODUTECH cluster addresses the Production Technologies Industry, encompassing, in a comprehensive manner sectors and fields such as mechanical engineering, electronics, mechatronics, ITs, etc. Due to the positioning of  Production Technologies, in the value chain of Manufacturing Industry, it relates to and integrate the industrial user sectors of the industry.

It is the Portuguese Cluster that specifically addresses to the Production Technology Industry, being recognised as such by both private and public sectors, and as national coverage. Additionally it integrates the partnership Portugal Clusters, gathering 18 portuguese clusters from several industry and service sectors.

Host of 2 Digital Innovation Hubs: PRODUTECH DIH Platform and iMan Norte HUB