Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing

Poland: Śląskie
Luk Palmen
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About us

Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing supports strategic competences development in Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing. Global competition, supply chain disruptions, climate and technology challenges demand for new approaches in the way companies act in European and global value chains. Continuous process and production improvement, employee productivity and motivation, new technology competences and local supplier networks are key success factors to ensure resilience and business continuity.

SA&AM applies a bottom-up approach, which means that most of the cluster's activities meet the direct needs and challenges of cluster members. We bring together managers, team leaders, engineers, scientists and thematic experts to discuss and solve problems and to create practical solutions. We create opportunities for those who need and those who deliver to meet and join forces. Our aim is to make sure the Śląskie Voivodeship remains a strong Central European competence region in Automotive and Advanced Manufacturing.

Established - 17 February 2011
Staff in the management team - 6-10
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Competence development

Cluster composition

  • 170
    Cluster Members
  • 70
  • 2
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 80
    Large Companies
  • 10
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 10
    Other Ecosystem Actors

The cluster Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing was established in 2011 and covers three regions in the Southern part of Poland: Sląskie, Małopolskie and Opolskie. More than 230 companies are active in the automotive sector in this area, of which 116 are official cluster members. Several other companies – most of them situated on the premises of the Katowice Special Economic Zone – participate in the cluster activities on a case by case base. The Advanced Manufacturing group counts over 40 companies - suppliers and integrators of Industry 4.0 solutions, including: suppliers of machinery and equipment, suppliers of IT systems, suppliers of specialized solutions in the field of pneumatics, automation and robotics.

Cluster potential in numbers:

  • EMPLOYMENT: +45 thousands
  • TURNOVER: +10 bln Euro
  • EXPORT: +80%
  • R&D EXPENSES: +150 mln Euro
  • PATENTS: +580
  • INTERNSHIPS: +2000
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Limited Liability Company (private or public)
Languages spoken
English Polish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website
Other label
Key National Cluster in Poland

Management team

Luk Palmen Innovation and Cooperation Manager
Luk Palmen
Cluster Manager
Cluster Director
Łukasz Górecki
Cluster Manager
Project Manager (internationalization)
Ewa Dudzic-Widera
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C26 Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products - Manufacturing:C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers - Information and communication:J62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers:C2910 Manufacture of motor vehicles - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers:C2932 Manufacture of other parts and accessories for motor vehicles
Cross-sectoral industries
Mobility Technologies
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Casting; powder metallurgy - B\: Performing operations; transporting:Machine tools; metal-working not otherwise provided for - B\: Performing operations; transporting:Working of plastics; working of substances in a plastic state in general - B\: Performing operations; transporting:Vehicles in general - G\: Physics:Information and communication technology [ICT] specially adapted for specific application fields
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - KETs:Advanced manufacturing systems


Support services provided

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

Further information

When planning your next automotive project in Central Europe, consider Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing. We offer a wide range of opportunities:

  • Katowice Special Economic Zone investment plots -  favorable location and investment conditions (tax relief),
  • more than 230 automotive companies in the region - potential partners in your next project
  • cooperation between companies and vocational education schools focusing on tailored competence development    
  • technical universities in the regions – highly educated engineers
  • research teams in the Centre for Automotive Technologies, joining competences in science and engineering
  • thematic analyses and benchmarking activities including dissemination of results among the participating members
  • regular business-to-business, business-to-science meetings and thematic workshops,
  • Periodic Information dissemination (Cluster newsletter and Compass Automotive).

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

Since 2011 the Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster has been focusing on internal relations and best practices exchange to stimulate the development of new business relationships and consortia on regional level. The cluster is mainly privately financed and follows specific company needs. Since 2018 SA&AM participates in EU programmes. 

EACN for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments (2018-2021) focussed on common R&D and Joint Investment projects between members from different European countries in the field of industrial modernisation in the automotive industry, with emphasis on (1) Virtualisation of planning processes, (2) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, (3) Elasticity of production processes and (4) Skills and Competences. As a result of this project, the members continued cooperation in the European Automotive Cluster Network. Project website

BOOST4BSO (2020-2022) is an Interreg Central Europe project with the aim to strengthen competences among Business Support Organisations in the field of digital transformation.

The Katowice Special Economic Zone, the SA&AM Cluster coordinator, is involved in a partnership with the Polish Chamber of the Automotive Industry and the Association of Automotive Employers and Industrial Products, in a project called the Automotive Sector Competence Council (including electromobility). The aim of the project is to promote cooperation between the educational sector and the automotive sector by way of experience exchange, research and benchmarking, networking and joint activities, as well as through developing recommendations for new qualifications to meet the requirements on the workfloor.

GreenSME (2022-2025) is a HORIZON EUROPE project with the aim to strengthen the ability of SMEs to absorb advanced technologies to make them more competitive, climate neutral, maximizing benefits for all social groups, towards a sustainable EU manufacturing industry, characterized by greater adaptability and resilience to the current and future challenges of the industrial sector.

Project name

EACN for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments

  • Funding programme: COSME
  • Project duration : 10/2018 - 1/2021

Boost4BSO - Boosting CE Business Support Organizations (BSOs) capacities for I4.0 scale up support

  • Funding programme: INTERREG CE
  • Project duration : 4/2020 - 3/2022

GreenSME - Driving manufacturing SME transformation towards green, digital and social sustainability

  • Funding programme: HORIZON EUROPE
  • Project duration : 6/2022 - 5/2025

Automotive Sector Competence Council (including electromobility)

  • Funding programme: EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND
  • Project duration : 02/2018 - 06/2023

    Cooperation activities

    International cooperation

    Targeted countries

    United States

    Transnational cooperation

    Targeted countries

    Czech Republic

    Transnational support activites

    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

    International support activites

    Support to collaborative activities/etc.

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

    Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

    Upcoming events

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    Latest news and documents

    News Published: 26.11.2021
    SA&AM Cluster builds new international Partnership

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