AdPack participated at the European Cluster Conference 2016 and at the European Cluster Matchmaking event

Submitted by Katherina Ulrich on 08 December 2016

AdPack participated at the European Cluster Conference 2016 and at the European Cluster Matchmaking event

The project leader BalticNet-PlasmaTec and Plastiwin participated at the European Cluster Conference 2016 that was held in Brussels from the 1st until the 2nd of December of 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Rogier Hotel in Brussels.

 Why the European Clusters Conference 2016?

The partnership considered the European Cluster Conference an important event for the dissemination of AdPack project because it is an international event held every year by policy-makers from national and regional authorities involved or interested in cluster policies, cluster practitioners and other stakeholders. The last edition of the European Cluster Conference in 2014 gathered over 340 cluster stakeholders from across Europe.

This year's conference was focused on Cluster 4.0 – Shaping Smart Industries and included high-level plenary speeches, panel discussions and interactive sessions where participants had the chance to share their experiences and challenges. Parallel discussions took place in four priority areas related to industrial modernisation, namely smart manufacturing and digital transformation, the circular economy, key enabling technologies, and creative and data-driven services. The parallel discussions covered all the same key horizontal topics in different sessions. These included the role of clusters in boosting the innovation uptake and growth opportunities through strengthening cross-sectoral value chain linkages, strategic European partnering, international collaboration and skills towards shaping smart industries.

Trends and priorities for cluster policies and cluster organizations in Europe were discussed in interactive ways. The European Cluster Observatory presented its 2016 European Cluster Panorama and the latest information on cluster support initiatives in relation to industrial modernization was shared. The Model Demonstrator Regions, the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships – Going International and other cluster initiatives shared their learned lessons.

The presentation of the AdPack’s project

The leader of the project BalticNet-PlasmaTec was represented by it’s Manager Alexander Schwock who took part at the “Hard talk” panel of the Parallel session 3A: Advanced and digital manufacturing moderated by Marc Pattinson from the European Cluster Observatory team (inno TSD).

Plastiwin was represented by Elias Njeim, it’s General Director. Elias Njeim made a presentation at the Parallel session 1B: Green manufacturing and the circular economy, moderated by Patries Boekholt, from the European Cluster Observatory team (Technopolis Group).

Furthermore, Mr Schwock and Mr Njeim participate at the European Cluster Matchmaking event on the 30th December 2016. This was the possibility to talk face-to-face with more than 25 other European clusters about the AdPack project, the next planned events and also about possible cooperation for strand 2.

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