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Photonics for International Markets and Applications Plus
PIMAP Plus

France: New Aquitaine
Alithéa Lafaye
European project coordinator
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Overview

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Summary and objectives

The PIMAP+ consortium has been set up to support 6 leading European clusters, their SMEs and regional ecosystem actors to strengthen cross-sectoral cooperation in the fields of photonics, advanced manufacturing, metalworking and aerospace industry. Together they will accelerate innovation and the industrial modernisation process in Europe and will provide a springboard for cluster SMEs to  internationalise and support regional actions through the leverage of photonic technologies and cross sectoral collaboration in key industrial value chains. The PIMAP+ project is a follow-up of the successful activities implemented in the PIMAP Partnership Strand 1 project funded under the COSME programme. After two years of action oriented project implementation and a solid internationalisation strategy, the partners seek to move to another level and accelerate access to international markets for SMEs and to support the development of business agreements and B2B cooperation. Four country markets will be targeted : The United-States, Canada, China and Japan. The consortium will capitalise on their existing connections in each country to maximise the benefits of the project for SMEs. 

The Specific Project Objectives that will be delivered by PIMAP are described below:

1. To support cross-sectoral cooperation among clusters organisations and SMEs

2. To foster SME engagement and SME internationalisation

3. To establish cooperation agreements with international business and research intermediaries in countries beyond Europe

4. To create a European identity and explore the possibility to establish a metacluster

5. To monitor the achievements of PIMAP+ project and its SMEs via a set of indicators

6. To develop a long-term exit strategy ensuring the sustainability of the PIMAP+ project

Partnership other activities

The partnership will conduct specific fact-finding missions in each of the four targeted market in order to prepare the ground for the international business mission. We will provide our SMEs a complete and precise overview of each market trends, value chain positioning, business culture information and webinars.

The business mission will be dedicated to support SMEs internationalisation, through the organisation of attendance to an international fair, customized B2B meetings, visit of companies and meetings with research and innovation local actors. Thanks to this concrete experience, they will get a deepen knowledge of these markets, have their first business contacts and will be in a better position to develop their international business strategy. 

Results expected

  • Taking 6 leading European clusters as models and leaders for driving inter-cluster collaboration around a meta cluster approach;
  • Support and awareness raising to 1000+ European cluster SMEs and prepare them confront global markets, unlock opportunities and find the right partners;
  • Driving cross sectoral collaboration between photonic technology and advanced manufacturing applications and solutions with EU wide relevance
  • Active participation of SMEs in learning workshops and co-building the PIMAP+ project activities
  • Implementing the internationalisation strategy defined during Strand 1;
  • Support SMEs internationalisation through the organisation of one business mission in 4 key markets in photonics;
  • Policy synergies and complementarities with high profile European, National and regional policy actions such as KETs, Industrial Modernisation, Vanguard, cluster support, emerging industry value chains …
  • An active member of the ESCP-4i/ECCP community, disseminating results and willing to showcase project results at a European level;
  • Leverage additional resources from participating SMEs, ecosystems actors that can host meetings and share experiences:
  • A strong commitment to project implementation and sustainability through the establishment of a long-term partnership strategy

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment - Manufacturing:C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products - Manufacturing:C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Cross-sectoral industries
Experience Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Ecosystems:Electronics
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Machine tools; metal-working not otherwise provided for B\: Performing operations; transporting:Aircraft; aviation; cosmonautics C\: Chemistry; metallurgy:Metallurgy of iron G\: Physics:Optics
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Aeronautics KETs:Advanced manufacturing systems KETs:Photonics

Other linked key partners or networks

Profile name Location Network type
Optics Valley
United States
Optonique
Canada

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

Profile name Location Project coordinator
ALPHA-RLH Route des Lasers et des Hyperfréquences

France

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Latest news and documents

News Achievements Published: 29.06.2022
PIMAP+ business mission in Japan
News Published: 14.06.2022
PIMAP+ second newsletter is available!
News Achievements Published: 30.05.2022
AISTECH US mission report
News Published: 30.05.2022
Dissemination webinar : "How can clusters better build international missions for SMEs?"

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