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Metall/KunststoffDIALOG
Metall | Kunststoff | DIALOG c/o WFG Raum Heilbronn. GmbH

Germany: Baden-Württemberg
Patrick Dufour

Overview

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About us

The prioritized strategic fields of action include:

Support in market development (e.g. joint trade fair appearances, brochures, websites etc.), industry-specific networking (e.g. industry-specific lecture events, working groups, matching of companies), industry-specific lobbying (e.g. through participation in cluster initiatives of the state) and industry-specific topics in personnel development.

Support in internationalization of our member companies.

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development

Cluster composition

  • 92
    Cluster Members
  • 77
    SME's
  • 5
    Large Companies
  • 4
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 4
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

Martin Schunkert
Project Manager
Laura Kistner
Project Manager
Daniela Adelhelm
Project Manager
Patrick Dufour
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Manufacturing:C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products - Manufacturing:C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. - Manufacturing:C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Vehicles in general
S3 EU priority areas
Sustainable innovation:Sustainable energy & renewables
Cross-sectoral industries
Advanced Packaging

Services

Support services provided

Development of human resources, such as staff mobility, access to training
Other (please specify)

Further information

Wirtschaftsförderung Raum Heilbronn GmbH understands itself and functions as a "business developer". The cluster orientates its services according to the needs of the cluster members.

An essential focus is the business development of the member companies, including economic know-how from the sectors:

- innovation management

- product development

- production optimization

- technological transformation

- corporate management

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
CIP/COSME

Name & description

Summary and objectives

The overall goal of the project is to intensify the international cluster and business network collaboration across the consortium partners around recycling and eco design of polymers and composites involving polymers.

The polymer industry in Europe gives direct employment to over 1.5 million people. Close to 60,000 companies, most of them SME’s, are engaged in the polymer industry and represent a turnover close to 350 billion euros and a trade balance close to 15 billion euros. (Source: Plastic Europe). Recycling and eco-design of polymer products are receiving increasing attention due to the growing concern about climate change and plastic pollution. Polymers are a popular material due to their many functionalities and demand for them is driving the development of everincreasing advanced polymer solutions. While polymers are great materials that play an indisputable role in our modern society, polymers also pose a threat in terms of land, ocean and air pollution. For the industry, this means both threats and opportunities. The threats span from increasing regulations in terms of requirements for recyclability, waste reduction and prevention, design for disassembly etc. to bans on certain types of polymer materials and consumer demand for alternatives. Opportunities occur when a market changes. New business models spawns and new companies occur. SMEs play a crucial role in this journey towards a sustainable plastic economy. The mission of our consortium is to convert threats into opportunities for our members and to enable them to seize opportunities. The consortium partners have come together to explore how an intensified cluster and business network collaboration across borders can meet this challenge and support the exploitation of international business opportunities related to the topic of eco-design and recycling of polymers.

The specific objective of the project is to:

1) Select 3-4 countries of interest. This will be done by involving our SME members in the selection process. We plan to carry out a workshop in each consortium partner’s country with 10 participating SMEs expected in Denmark and Slovakia and 15 SMEs in Germany and France respectively. Another 10-15 SMEs in each country will be phone interviewed. The results will be shared on a consortium partner meeting.

2) Select 1-2 target markets/sectors in each target country outside Europe

3) Identify and initiate collaboration with clusters or business networks in the target markets and countries, at least one per country and/or market. This will be done by approaching the relevant cluster and business networks in the selected countries and carrying out a partner mission to each country and visiting 1-2 potential collaboration partners.

4) Development of a joint internationalisation strategy and an implementation road map that will be shared to promote joint actions. The strategy will be developed as a combination of desk research and a whole day of workshop among the consortium partners.

Project name

PolymER ReCYcling

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Japan
United States
Canada
Israel
India

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Belgium
Denmark
France
Italy
Spain

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

AERCIV: Working Group made by 5 EU clusters ( AUTOKLASTR -CZ, COMET SRL- IT, AC SERBIA-RS, FEMAC-ES and Kunststoff DIALOG-DE) is focused on the electric vehicle , which objective is to see knowledge-based enterprises grow and thrive along with the value chain of electrical vehicles, especially for agricultural machinery, and civil works.   

EVOLUTE: Working Group composed by 6 EU clusters ( AUTOKLASTR -CZ, COMET SRL- IT, AC SERBIA-RS, CAAR-ES, FEMAC-ES and Metall | Kunststoff | DIALOG-DE) is striving for cluster excellence in the fields of the Automotive and Land Machines Industry. 

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Profile name Location
European Automotive Cluster Network

France

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