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European Automotive Cluster Network for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments
EACN (ESCP-S3 Project)

France: Burgundy-Franche-Comté
Thomas RÖHR
European Projects Manager
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Overview

Type of partnership
Partnership origin
Partnership duration (months)
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved

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'.

Results expected

  • An EACN partnership strategy including action plan.
  • Enhanced cooperation between EACN clusters.
  • Facilities for SMEs from different clusters/countries to apply for funding in collaborative R&D or joint investment projects, thus sharing risks and costs for futur innovation and enhanced competitivity.
  • An outlook for a future EACN structure with additional members from Europe and abroad.

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Mobility-Transport-Automotive
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Land vehicles for travelling otherwise than on rails
S3 EU priority areas
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:Advanced manufacturing systems

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

Profile name Location Project coordinator
Automobilski klaster Srbije

Serbia

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 17.12.2020
More than 65 people attended the EACN High-level conference
News Published: 30.11.2020
Last day to participate in the EACN Best Practices Awards
News Published: 27.11.2020
EACN organizes a high-level conference with European authorities
News Published: 12.11.2020
Interview to Automotive Cluster Bulgaria

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