Summary and objectives
The European automotive industry, crucial for Europe’s economy, faces today several challenges regarding their product (e.g. need for electrification of cars, autonomous vehicles), competition (with new arrivals: Google, Tesla...) and data becoming more important than the cars.
Traditional pyramidal supply chain value networks will not work anymore, collaboration between the different actors becomes necessary. Joint investments in industrial modernisation is a chance for SMEs to improve their and the automotive sector's competitiveness while minimisating the risk of bad decisions. The European Automotive Cluster Network for joint Industrial Modernisation Investments (EACN) aims at initiating joint R&D projects and investments teaming partners from different European regions. The focus is set on virtualisation of processes, robotics and artificial intelligence, elasticity of production, and skills and competencies.
Physical and virtual workshops and matchmaking events will allow building a pipeline of joint collaboration and innovation projects which are realized with the support of the EACN clusters and companies, technology centres or science parks with complementary skills. Five selected projects will benefit from a financial co-contribution for an external expert support to shape their joint project or business proposal to viable and bankable documents.
EACN also promotes interregional collaboration between the concerned Regional Authorities in the field of industrial modernisation in the automotive industry, secure the long-term cooperation of the engaged clusters through a common European EACN partnership strategy, and prepare EACN to the future with more member clusters. EACN contributes to EC's policies (e.g. 'For a European Industrial Renaissance', ' Investing in a smart, innovative and sutstainable industry' and others) and to the S3 platform's thematic areas 'Efficient and Sustainable Manufacturing' or 'SME integration to Industry 4.0'.