Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster (BIC)
Bydgoski Klaster Przemysłowy (BKP)
Bydgoszcz has been the industrial centre of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship region in Poland over the last years. The local economy is based on industries such as tool, plastics processing, electro machinery, transport, arms, furniture and grocery. The industry companies constitute about 10% of all economic activities, employing 50% of all the workforce in Bydgoszcz.
The region concentrates a large number of companies operating in the tool and plastics processing industry and is the most powerful tool centre in Poland – known as the Tool Valley. It houses approximately 900 companies engaged in polymer materials processing and about 50 toolmakers
The BIC was established in 2006 with the aim of creating optimal development conditions, stimulating cooperation and integrating plastics processors and tool manufacturers of the plastics sector. The cluster offers to the customers of its members competences in the whole value chain, with the participation of different types of stakeholders.
The members of Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster constitute a chain of suppliers – they offer both polymers and additives: masterbatches, fillers, modifying agents. They manufacture a complete range of tools for plastics processing: moulds, blow moulds, extrusion heads, rubber injection moulds, along with machining tools: blanking dies, stamping dies and forging dies. The tools are made of steel and often based on standard parts provided by local suppliers. The processors manufacture a variety of products by means of injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding.
In October, 2016, BIC obtained Key National Cluster status, which is awarded as a part of the competition organized by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology. A Key National Cluster is “a cluster of significant importance to the domestic economy and of high international competitiveness. Key National Clusters are identified on a national level on the basis of the analysis of six key areas of cluster functioning: human and organizational resources, financial and infrastructure resources, economic potential, creation and transfer of knowledge, action for public policies and customer orientation. The Status is granted every three years and every cluster can apply for its recertification. Our organisation has been recertified and extended the status of the Key National Cluster until 2022.
In April 2019, BIC received the Silver Label Certificate granted by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA). The ESCA promotes the excellence of cluster management by conducting benchmarking of clusters and granting them certificates - brown, silver or gold. The Silver Label Certificate awarded to BIC is valid until 30th of April 2021. Obtaining the Silver Label Certificate was preceded by receiving the Bronze Label Certificate twice in previous years.
The Cluster's technical infrastructure includes: the equipped office space, conference rooms and laboratory facilities. The Cluster has an office area of approx. 83.22 m2, fully furnished and equipped with IT equipment i.e laptops, a multifunctional device, telephone, Internet network, which are used by the office staff on a daily basis and which are also made available to the Members, if necessary. On the occasion of organizing various meetings, both office staff and BIC members can use both the 3 conference rooms located in the building where the BIC head office is located, as well as those provided by the Members. For the purposes of planning and implementing of R & D projects, the research, analyses and meetings, the laboratory facilities owned by the research units which are the Cluster Members are made available.
The Cluster resources also include those resources that are made available to the office employees and Members of the Cluster by the Members themeselves, i.e previously mentioned conference rooms, the employees delegated for the Cluster operations, transport for the BIC office employees (e.g. to trade fairs and business trips), production rooms and laboratories for the need of student visits and organization of apprenticeships and internships.
We are open to international cooperation and joint projects in the field of R&D, innovation, knowledge transfer to the business sector and vocational education.
By 2025, as an effective and dynamic organisation, Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster will have created favourable conditions for the development of enterprises, especially those of the plastics processing industry, recycling and manufacturing of tools with the participation and involvement of mutually co-operating entrepreneurs, R&D units, business related institutions and local authorities.
The mission of BIC is creating optimal development conditions, stimulating co-operation and integrating processors and tool manufacturers of the plastics sector in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF BYDGOSZCZ INDUSTRIAL CLUSTER
- The development of the organisation of the Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster,
- The promotion of the cluster concept, marketing activities,
- The acquisition of new staff and increasing competencies and knowledge of the present staff of BIC’s members,
- The increase of the innovation level of BIC’s companies and stimulation of new investments,
- Internationalisation of BIC’s members into foreign markets and strengthening co-operation.
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
- Competence development
- On-the-job training
- Vocational training
- Hiring of specialists
6Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
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