CENFIM_FUSRNISHINGCLUSTER

CENFIM Home & Contract Furnishings Cluster (CENFIM)

Spain: Valencia
Joaquim Solana

Overview

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About us

CENFIM - Home and contract furnishings cluster and innovation hub

CENFIM promotes competitiveness in home and contract furnishing sectors through: 1) market intelligence activities, 2) innovation projects and 3) training courses.

CENFIM was founded in 2005 by the Catalan wood and furniture companies’ association as a private non-profit foundation. Nowadays, CENFIM’s board is composed by company associations, university and public administration.

As a cluster, CENFIM puts together 122 associated entities among knowledge providers and companies in home and contract furnishing sectors. All value chain is covered: manufacture of raw materials, auxiliary industry, manufacture of finished products (furniture, lighting, home textiles, flooring, decoration...) and distribution (B2B and B2C).

Market intelligence activities are focused on contract hospitality (hotel interiors). Several collaborative activities have been launched: marketplaces (InteriHOTEL in Barcelona, Madrid, Palma, Tenerife i Màlaga), showrooms (WeContract in Barcelona), on-line platform (HiContract) and exporting (SENTINEL).

Innovation topics cover digitalization along value chain, IoT products (smart home), circular economy and design process. On training activities, we work on new skills needs for workers as a vector of companies’ transformation.  CENFIM is leading a number of innovation projects financed by Catalan and Spanish programs and it participates in several European Commission projects like DIGIT-FURFURNIT-SAVER, ECO4VET, BOSS4SME.

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

Cluster composition

  • 140
    Cluster Members
  • 130
    SME's
  • 7
    Large Companies
  • 2
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 1
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

Strategy for market intelligence in Hospitality

CENFIM is nowadays a home and contract interiors cluster, with well known collaborative activities in the hospitalty sector. But it has been as a result of a deep transformation. CENFIM was founded in 2006 as a technology dissemination centre in a furniture microcluster in Soth Catalonia.

The economic crisis in 2008 strongly affected all sectors related to construction in Spain. That crisis was the seed for CENFIM's reorientation to promote collaborative activities that helped companies to find new market opportunities. In opposition of a severe private consume crisis in Spain, the hospitality sector increased their investments year by year pushed for a significant foreign tourism increase. Companies in the cluster and the cluster itself used this opportunity to gain specialization in hospitality business.

CENFIM opened the focus from furniture producers to companies and other actors along all interiors value chain: raw materials and equipment manufacturers, B2B, flooring, lighting, home textiles, decoration... technology providers and home interiors designers. The cooperation among companies that had complementarities on products and/or services opened a new range of project possibilities.

Las 5 years, CENFIM developed a strong specialization in collaborative activities among companies to adquire market intelligence in hospitality. The cluster deployed a strategy that covers:

  • Market place: InteriHOTEL (Barcelona, Madrid, Palma, Tenerife, Málaga). 228 exhibitors, 4.500 professionals attendants in total in 2017 and 700 new projects detected.
  • Permanent Showrooms WEcontract (Barcelona and Madrid)
  • On-line platform: HIcontract
  • Internationalization: SENTINEL (COSME Go Intnal) and Export groups

As a result, CENFIM has 140 associated companies from all Spain and more than 75% are from other sectors than furniture. The great majority of the companies are now operating in hospitality sector and some of them increased their anual turnover in this business from less than 10% to 60%.

Management team

Joaquim Solana
Cluster Manager
Jordi Albacar
ECCP Responsible Person
Julio Rodrigo
Project Manager
Massimiliano Rumignani
Other

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Manufacturing:C13 Manufacture of textiles - Manufacturing:C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials - Manufacturing:C31 Manufacture of furniture
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Furniture; domestic articles or appliances; coffee mills; spice mills; suction cleaners in general - G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - KETs:Advanced manufacturing systems - KETs:Advanced materials - Public health & security:Ageing societies - Social innovation:New products or services that meet social needs - Social innovation:Social innovation with regard to education, skills & training - Social innovation:Social innovation with regard to environmental issues - Social innovation:Social innovation with regard to health, well-being & elder care - Sustainable innovation:Eco-innovations
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries

Services

Support services provided

Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Development of human resources, such as staff mobility, access to training

Further information

Type of activities:

  • Collaborative activities for market intelligence: promotion and commercialization 
  • Innovation projects (experience in coordinating and participating in EU projects: H2020, Erasmus+) 
  • Technical and occupational training

Activity areas::

  • Market intelligence (consumer research & new products market testing, intelligence on foreign markets)
  • Sales and marketing digitalization (E-commerce, virtual and augmented reality for retail and contract, social networks)
  • Ideation for product innovation (trends, design thinkg, innovative materials, testing...)
  • Smart home (home furnishings products functionalization, Internet of Things)
  • Circular economy (ecodesign, LCA, sustainable production, wood chain of costudy)

Specialization area -> Hospitality: hotel interiors contract channel

  • Market place: InteriHOTEL
  • Permanent Showrooms WEcontract
  • On-line platform: HIcontract
  • Internationalization: SENTINEL (COSME Go Intnal), Export groups (Russia, Central Africa, Latin America)

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Lifelong learning - Vocational training

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME Other

Name & description

ACCIO - Generalitat de Catalunya IRC. Iniciatives de Reforç de la Competitivitat. Regional level.

MINETUR - AEI. Agrupaciones empresariales innovadoras. National level.

SOC - Servei d'Ocupació de Catalunya. Regional level.

Fundación Biodiversidad - Programa EmpleaVerde. National level.

Project name

CENFIM is an active organization in terms of conducting Innovation projects with competitive financing.

Our projects have had the support of the European Commission, the Ministry of Industry, the Government of Catalonia and several foundations.

SAWYER: Holistic approach for the indentification of Skills and sAfety needs towards a groWing sustainability & circularitY of furniturE sectoR

DITRAMA: Digital transformation manager: leading companies in Furniture value chain to implement their digital transformation strategy

CRAFT 4.0: Enabling the potential of handicraft CRAFT 4.0

EASIMS: InnovativE trAining Solution for implementing Integrated Management System (IMS) in SME

FACET: Furniture sector Avant-garde Creativity and Entrepreneurship Training

FLAME: Furniture and Lenguage innovative integrated learning for sector Attractiveness amb Mobility Enchancement

FAME: Fostering the adoption of ICT-enabled AMTs by European SMEs

SENTINEL: Cluster Network for Hospitality Sustainable Development and Internationalization

DIGIT-FUR: Impacts of the digital transformation in the furniture industry

BOSS4SMEBoosting Online cross-border Sales for furniture and household SMEs

FURN360: Model training approach for circular business model innovation in furniture sector

ECO4VET: Improvement of Vocational Education and Training related to Ecodesign and Sustainable Production in the Furniture Sector

FurnIT-saver: Smart Augmented and Virtual Reality Marketplace for Furniture Customisation

SAMM: Environmental Sustainability in Wood and Furniture

IMCAMU: Implementing the Chain of Custody in the Furniture Sector

ECOINHAB: Eco-innovation in home furnishing products

INNOMAT: Innovative use of materials for home interiors products

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Costa Rica
Mexico
Morocco
South Africa
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Denmark
France
Italy
Portugal

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Upcoming events

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