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ASINCAR Agrifood Cluster of Asturias / ASINCAR
ASINCAR

Spain: Asturias
Juan Díaz

Overview

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About us

ASINCAR is a Spanish Agrifood Cluster (awarded recently with the Gold label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative) formed by practically 100 members (>95% SMEs) coming from the whole Food value chain. Moreover, ASINCAR is also a Technology Centre. Under any of the roles, main mission is to contribute to the competitiveness and sustainability of the Agrifood companies and their adaptation to future market scenarios through innovation, cooperation, knowledge and technology transfer as well as support for accessing to new markets.

Main objectives pursued by our cluster activity are: O1. To incorporate innovation culture to the strategy of SMEs; O2. To promote, develop and manage research and innovation activities for SMEs in the food sector; O3. To dinamyze the implementation of innovation projects by SMEs; O4. To improve the competitiveness of SMEs by innovative practices; O5. To add value to food products by means of innovation and boosting geographical indications and traditional specialities; O6. To foster product diversification and product adaptation to new national and international markets.

Main ASINCAR cluster activities could be grouped as follows: i) Cooperation: C2C, B2B (Food-Food, Food-Tech, ..) at business and technological levels; ii) Vocational Training in the Food industry: Erasmus +, professional certificates, unemployed programmes, ... (yearly around 1.000 students, workers passed through ASINCAR); iii) Networkingmatchmacking, workshops, study visits, fairs; iv) Internationalisationinternationalisation projects, business mission; v) Technology transfer activities; vi) Innovation Food HUB (link to relevant stakeholders)

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • Replacement
  • Lifelong learning
  • Vocational training

Cluster composition

  • 111
    Cluster Members
  • 88
    SME's
  • 4
    Large Companies
  • 2
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 13
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Below some representative succes stories about the cluster:

  • C2C collaboration: Food digitalisation (Connsensys, S3FOOD, SS4AF platform ), Bioeconomy (Nutritional Ingredients platform, Vanguard Initiative), Internationalisation (Interreg projects)
  • Networking: periodical organisation and participation on study visits, matchmackings (https://s3food.eu/event/cross-border-matchmaking-event/), workshops, Food and Tech fairs
  • Internationalisation: working hand-by-hand with main regional public export agency for the Food sector, Export Food SUDOE (http://www.exportfoodsudoe.eu/homepage/), Atlantic Food Export (http://atlanticfoodexport.eu/)
  • EU collaborative RandD projects: APRIL (H2020, robotics, http://aprilproject.eu/), Glomicave (Omics Big Data, https://glomicave.eu/), TOXDTECT (coordinators, FP7, intelligent packaging, https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/603425/es)
  • Food Pilot Plant (500 sqm) reproducing the areas, equipment and flows in a Food SME. Ideal place for validation and scaling up of food technology and digital solutions, upscale of new foods and recipes, as well as for vocational training, dissemination, awareness and promotional activities. Part of the EU network of Food 4.0 Living Labs build within SS4AF platform.
  • Tech Transfer projects: yearly around 50 active R&D projects , 75% subcontracted by food companies

Management team

Food, innovation, collaboration, networking, Tech transfer
Juan Díaz
Cluster Manager
Food, innovation, collaboration, networking, Tech transfer
Roberto Moran
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Manufacturing:C10 Manufacture of food products - Manufacturing:C11 Manufacture of beverages
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Baking; equipment for making or processing doughs; doughs for baking - A\: Human necessities:Butchering; meat treatment; processing poultry or fish - A\: Human necessities:Foods or foodstuffs; their treatment, not covered by other classes - C\: Chemistry; metallurgy:Biochemistry; beer; spirits; wine; vinegar; microbiology; enzymology; mutation or genetic engineering
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:Robotics, autonomous and cyber physical systems (e.g. vehicles, embedded systems) - KETs:Industrial biotechnology - KETs:Photonics - Public health & security:Food security & safety - Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable production & consumption - Sustainable innovation:Waste management
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Access to the European Internal Market
Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Access to finance: Public funding
Advisory Services
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - Replacement - Lifelong learning - Vocational training

Examples of training materials/events designed/organised by your organisation

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG

Name & description

  1. INNOSUP “S3FOOD”: this project will use Connsensys results as a starting point and its main focus will be to advance and intensify the implementation of Industry 4.0 interregional activities for the Food sector, through the delivery of innovation vocheurs to specific technology-food partnerships (ca. 3 M are planned to be dedicated to this voucher scheme)
  2. H2020 “APRIL” project: aims at prototyping low cost and agile market oriented multipurpose, and easy to repurpose, autonomous dexterous robots which will manipulate, assemble or process different soft and flexible products/materials in a production line environment. ASINCAR lead the validation of system for the handling of chicken pieces in the packaging line
  3. Marie Curie ITN “BREAK BIOFILMS”: PhD Training Network that will investigate on biofilms, a real contamination problem in multiple sectors and for the health system. The PhD enrolled in ASINCAR will work on the development of a rapid and non-invasive analysis tool for the detection of biofilms in Food contact material surfaces. Spectroscopy plus chemometrics will be the main approach.
  4. COSME “Connsensys”: cluster-led initiative that aims to set-up a platform meeting Technology and Food actors, the development of an implementation roadmap and the promotion of interregional investment projects for the digitalization of Food companies. ASINCAR will lead the design of these interregional projects
  5. FP7-TOXDTECT (ASINCAR coordinator) that aimed the development of an innovative intelligent packaging for the prediction of shelf-life in beef

Project name

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United Kingdom
United States
Japan
Peru
Uruguay

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Belgium
Denmark
France
Portugal
Turkey

Transnational support activites

Promotional Activities - Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

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