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Slovenský plastikársky klaster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 23 March, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Bratislavský kraj
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Katarína
Ikrényiová
Cluster Manager
00421903909676
spklaster@spklaster.sk
Female
Ivan
Hudec
Internationalisation Responsible
00421252926053
spklaster@spklaster.sk
Male
Oľga
Balážová
ECCP Responsible Person
00421903909676
spklaster@spklaster.sk
Female
Ján
Václav
Internationalisation Responsible
00421903909676
spklaster@spklaster.sk
Male
Darina
Machovicova
Project Manager
00421910268793
projects@spklaster.sk
Female
Languages spoken: 
Czech
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Environmental Services
Plastics
Technology fields: 
Moulding, injection moulding, sintering
Plastics, Polymers
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced materials
Education
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Experience Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Development and preparation of curricula for secondary vocational schools
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
37
Number of SME members: 
17
Number of larger company members: 
8
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
4
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
1
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Center for Applied Research of environmentally friendly polymeric materials STU (CEPOMA)
Technology center
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava,Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology
University
Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Research Organisation
JASPLASTIK - SK, Ltd.
Larger Company
Wittmann Battenfeld SK, Ltd
SME
ESOX, Ltd.
SME
KM System Ltd.
SME
A-OMEGA, Ltd.
SME
Remarkplast compounding Inc
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Slovak Plastic Cluster (SPK) - as a trans-regional cluster within the Slovak Republic is concerned of legal entities in field of plastic and other related industries. It was founded in 2009 based on the initiative of private subjects actuating in plastic industry. Since then its founding organizations declared a need of building stronger regional, national and trans-national networks, mutual inter-company cooperation, solving of insufficient education for plastic industry within all levels, and support in research and applied development.

Mission:

By working together, we will gain more, for the present and for the future.

Objectives:

  1. Encourage the involvement of plastic companies in innovation, through collaboration with research organizations, within the sector and across the sector.
  2. Search, promote and, in other ways, promote innovative ideas with a view to putting them not practice.
  3. Participate in promoting and implementing Circular Economy rules (eco design, new material, recycling, etc.).
  4. Encourage the enhancement of skills and development of the innovation potential university students in collaboration with companies and organizations.
  5. Support experimental verification at 5 secondary vocational schools in Slovak Republic since the school year 2020/2021 in 3 new teaching and study fields.
  6. To mediate the education of secondary school teachers for quality assurance in new experimental fields in the field of plastic processing.
  7. Provide information base (information, databases, market surveys, fairs, B2B, etc.) to support networking in the Slovak Republic but also outside the country.
  8. Encourage business cost cutting through joint purchases (raw materials and energy).
  9. Continue to work with international partners to create new products, to exchange information, to promote collaboration among cluster members.
  10. Increase the quality of cluster human resource management and support cluster member training.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Periodic Information dissemination
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of technology transfer
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Details of support services: 

- Joint participation in international fairs, joint exhibition space, (promotion of their members).

- Information from the database SPC (linking companies between them). 

- Preparation and publication of information magazine for members "PLASTER" (upcoming activities and implemented activities, interviews). - Mediation of joint bilateral business meetings (e.g.matchmaking Fair ).

- Transfer of outputs from basic research into practice (support of cooperation between universities, research institutes and companies).

- Preparation of seminars and conferences for members SPC, mediation of trainings aimed at the development of technical skills and innovation development.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
China
Malaysia
Mexico
Taiwan
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Austria
Czech Republic
Germany
Italy
Poland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Czech Republic - fairs and exhibitions, joint projects, joint ventures.

Austria - joint meetings between entrepreneurs, market research, collaboration on projects, field trips.

Germany - Cooperation in the field of exhibitions and fairs, organizing mission.

France - the transfer of training programs, study tours, cooperation on the project.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Plastic Cluster Zlín, Czech Republic
Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster, Poland
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other

SPC participated in a project “EDMOULD” within the LLP in 2009-2011 which was dealing with vocational education program for setters in injection moulding. SPC managed the project Transfer of Qualifications and Learning Standards in Plastic Sector StandPlast VET (2013-1-SK1-LEO05-06359 (2013-2015). The Project StandPlast VET has been granted a financial contribution from the EU Lifelong learning programme Leonardo da Vinci - Transfer of Innovation.

PROJECT „BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS“ AND THEIR PROCESSING - Structural Funds Programme - Science and research There it is going on testing of suitable processing of biodegradable material invented in laboratory environment using a technology of injection moulding and preparation of material for performance tests within the transfer of research outputs into practice. 

Relevant Project References: 
EU Commission DG Education and Culture awarded project EDMOULD as one of 13 projects „Best Practices“(2012 Brussels). Research project (biodegradable material) was awarded by Golden medal at the Taipei International Invention Show 2012.
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

- Preparation and testing of Electronic professional 3-lingual dictionary in field of plastics processing.

- Vocational training program for setter of injection molding (content, curricula, coursebook, method and forms of this educational programe it is well comparable to similar educational products in other european countries).

- Guide of Work Positions, Qualifications and Educational Standards in Plastics Industry (comparable to similar Work Positions in other european countries - mostly Austia, France,United Kingdom of Great Briain and Ireland, Germany, etc. ).

- EU Commission DG Education and Culture - project EDMOULD was awarded as one of 13 projects Best Practices (2012 Brussels)

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Knowledge of the market in Slovakia by plastic producers, plastic converters and suppliers in the plastics industry (large database and detailed knowledge of companies).

Ability to realize the transfer of Science findings into practice.

The experience from European projects (partner, lead partner).

Support for innovation and networking.

Flexibility