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Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster (BIC)
Bydgoski Klaster Przemysłowy (BKP)

Poland: Kujawsko-pomorskie
Piotr Wojciechowski

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About us

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.

VISION

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.

MISSION

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.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development
  • On-the-job training
  • Vocational training
  • Hiring of specialists

Cluster composition

  • 140
    Cluster Members
  • 87
    SME's
  • 13
    Large Companies
  • 6
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 9
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

The Managing Director
Piotr Wojciechowski
Cluster Manager
Agata Cytowicz
Project Manager
Agnieszka Matuszak
Project Manager
Agnieszka Dąbrowska
ECCP Responsible Person

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Manufacturing:C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products - Manufacturing:C25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment - Manufacturing:C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Machine tools; metal-working not otherwise provided for - B\: Performing operations; transporting:Working of plastics; working of substances in a plastic state in general
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Advanced Packaging

Services

Support services provided

Access to the European Internal Market
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation
Development of human resources, such as staff mobility, access to training

Further information

The serviced offered to our members are detailed according to this areas of activities:

  • Integration of the plastics processing and tool industry, network, matchmaking;
  • Domestic and international promotion of BIC and BIC’s members, i.a. organization of its own trade fairs
  • called INNOFORM in Bydgoszcz, Poland; organization of joint stands at trade fairs under the name of BIC;
  • Organization of economic missions;
  • Organization of industry conferences and seminars, stimulation of cooperation between science and business;
  • Organization of commercial technical trainings on topics closely related to the tool and processing industry and promotion of vocational and technical education;
  • Cooperation with other clusters and business related institutions and local authorities.

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development - On-the-job training - Vocational training - Hiring of specialists

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 INTERREG Other

Name & description

Currently implemented projects:

  • AMULET (H2020)

The goal of AMULET is to create new value chains by fostering the penetration of advanced materials in different fields through cross-regional and cross-sectoral knowledge exchange. Two types of activities will be implemented to foster innovation in SMEs:

- R&D demonstration projects targeting current sectorial challenges will be developed to reach TRL7, following a competitive-based approach; - all SMEs participating in the project will receive technical training support and business to-business coaching for accelerating the commercialisation of their innovative solutions.

These activities will create a unique self-sustainable business framework, in which end-users and SMEs from established and new industrial supply chains will explore innovative lightweight-driven market opportunities. Duration of the project: 1.09.2021-31.08.2024

  • Better Factory (H2020)

The aim of the project is to provide small and medium-sized enterprises with a methodology for increasing production automation, as well as developing new and personalized products. The element of the project realisation will be an assignment of high-skilled Technical, Business and Arts experts to analyse jointly the current requirements of enterprises with the core knowledge from manufacturers to redesign customizable products and service portfolios using new digital technologies. This may spark new product designs, business models or brands and digitalise factories to match the production of new or personalized products and also to enter new markets with customizable, personalized product or service portfolio. Duration of the project: 1.10.2020-30.09.2024.

  • European Lightweight Cluster Alliance - ELCA (COSME)

The aim of the project is to prepare an international marketing strategy by a consortium created by five European industry clusters, establish cooperation between member companies of all clusters, prepare a joint offer and establish contacts with automotive, aero&aeronautics, railway and maritime concerns and also to promote European solutions in the field of light structures in transport, which aims at the reduction of CO2 emission and increase recycling, and thus fits into the concept of the circular economy.

The result of the project will be a common brand "Lightweight made in Europe" created by the consortium and its promotion by opening to the markets of the USA, Japan, as well as India and Latin America, signing cooperation agreements and development of R&D cooperation. To achieve these goals, will be organized 22 economic missions to these regions and 18 national and regional events related to the subject of the project. Duration of the project: 1.09.2020-31.08.2022.

  • InterBKP 3.0 -  Expansion of Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster to International Markets (national)

The aim of the project is to increase the internationalization of enterprises, members of Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster, as a result of the implementation of comprehensive services, including consulting, supporting the introduction, strengthening and increasing the visibility of the offer of the Cluster and its members on foreign markets. As part of the project, 17 Cluster Members will participate in 20 trade fairs. The project will also take measures to activate companies in the field of R&D&I and the development of international cooperation, including the exchange of knowledge and creating an international network of contacts. The results of the project will include increasing sales revenue from export, increase of employment, signing new foreign trade contracts, establishing cooperation with new partners, including R&D units, as well as increasing of integration and tightening the cooperation between the Cluster members. Duration of the project: 1.12.2020 - 31.12.2023.

  • INforM - Innovation Framework for Challenge Oriented Intelligent Manufacturing (Interreg)

The Innovation Framework for Challenge Oriented Intelligent Manufacturing Project is co-financed from Interreg – the Baltic Sea Region. The aim of the project is supporting the digitalization in production plants. The consortium consists of 9 organizations from 6 UE countries that represent a wide circle of end users. Schedulded activities are: creating a common methodology for the implementation of digital audit services, conducting digital audits for manufacturing companies, raising awareness among regional stakeholders in the context of digital transformation, mapping regional infrastructure for the digital operations in the region, establishment of a Digital Platform Supporting Innovation for the Baltic Sea States, including the creation of a virtual environment for intelligent solutions.

  • TIREC - development of a technology for new polymeric compositions with recycled tires rubber and new products designing(Transnational)

The aim of the Project is the management of rubber waste from used car tyres in the form of a filler in polymer compositions. The waste which has been ground into a rubber powder of an average grain size less than 0,5 mm is combined with thermoplastic by injection moulding and with the porous polyurethane by vacuum casting. The composition of a newly created material will undertake optimization from the point of view of its share in the composition, mechanical properties, contents and the migration of the polycyclic aromatic compounds ( i.e. PAH – polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons).

The Project will effect in the prototype of a product of mass application designed to strengthen loose soils and to limit the areas of self-sowing plants. The product will be manufactured from the material that contains a large quantity of tyre rubber powder (assumed min. 50% of the composition mass) with maintaining the acceptable PAH content. Duration of the project: 1.05.2019 - 31.07.2021.

    Project name

      Cooperation activities

      International cooperation

      Targeted countries

      Brazil
      China
      Japan
      Mexico
      United States

      Transnational cooperation

      Targeted countries

      France
      Germany
      Italy
      Portugal
      Spain

      Transnational support activites

      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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