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Transylvanian Furniture Cluster
TFC

Romania: North-West (Romania)
Ciprian Morcan

Overview

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About us

The vision of the cluster is to generate economic development through the strategic collaboration of stakeholders.

The mission is to be a relevant promoter of industrial transformation, to support excellence, entrepreneurship, transferability, and mutual trust.

The main objective of the Transylvania Furniture Cluster is to become the most representative associative structure in Romania, organized on the value chain of the furniture industry, in order to contribute to the sustainable growth of the sector through innovative products and services, sold on niches of regional, national and global markets.

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

Cluster composition

  • 86
    Cluster Members
  • 62
    SME's
  • 3
    Large Companies
  • 9
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 12
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

The Transylvanian Furniture Cluster was established in 2012 as a legal entity association type and its main activity resides in the furniture manufacturing sector. The  cluster is located in Cluj-Napoca and gathers together members from the furniture industry, RDI, design and consultancy from the Nord-West region of Romania.

Even though the concept of the cluster is well known and very appreciate among the world, in Romania the situation was different at the moment of establishment. With very few people aware of the benefits of a large association based on the value chain, we manage to gather together a number of 15 furniture producers from Transylvania and to initiate common actions in order to enhance our collaboration and to prove that the concept of the cluster can be successfully applied even in Romania.

An important development factor for the cluster was the EU funding which helped us to form and maintain a professional and experienced cluster management team and to continuously develop our services and increase the regional and national representativeness of the cluster. Therefore we manage to make all the steps from emergent to innovative cluster.

Today, the cluster represents 87 members and it’s a platform for cooperation and networking of furniture manufacturers, representation of interests, educational and research institutions, and public administration. The membership of the cluster consists of 65 productive companies, 11 research, and education institutions, 9 catalysts, and 2 public institutions. 

The main goal of the cluster is to increase economic competitiveness, in both domestic and foreign markets, based on quality, innovation, and sustainable development.

We took care of the members competitiveness from the technological point of view, during the last two years, we raised and invested over 12 million euros from European funds in modern equipment, therefore we can assure that our furniture factories are high technologized.

A further step, after massive investments was the internationalization of the cluster, therefore we gained a solid experience in delivering complete furnishing solutions as a cluster. No matter what form of business partnership we are running, we can guarantee a reasonable quality-price proportion, flexibility and fidelity to all our clients.

In order to offer a great business experience to our clients, beside complete furnishing solutions we create a high qualified export team and a smart procedure for manufacturing and quality control. Therefore we can help the clients to save time, energy and money and still be sure that everything is exactly how they want it. 

All in all we, through our members can provide excellent quality in the field of the furniture and a great quality-price proportion, flexibility and fidelity.

Management team

Morcan Ciprian
Cluster Manager
Dragonici Dana
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Manufacturing:C31 Manufacture of furniture
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Furniture; domestic articles or appliances; coffee mills; spice mills; suction cleaners in general
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - KETs:Advanced materials - KETs:Nanotechnology
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Internationalisation Support (access to third countries markets)
Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation
IPR Management

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce

Competence development

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME ERASMUS+

Name & description

  • Transylvanian Furniture Cluster - Innovative Cluster of European Interest (national framework - Programul Operational Competitivitae)

The main objective of the project is the creation of two laboratories for the analysis of critical and advanced materials and technologies with applicability in the furniture industry, in partnership with cluster member companies. Also, the project has an internationalization component in order to increase the cluster visibility both at the national and international levels. 

  • Learn2Do4Entrepreneurship (national framework - Programul Operational Capital Uman)

The goal of the project is to develop entrepreneurial skills and support business initiatives by promoting entrepreneurial culture in the Northwest region, ensuring access to integrated counseling, support for business initiation, assistance, mentoring, and training.

The main objectives of the project are: Enhance the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the North-West region by developing the entrepreneurial and managerial skills of 440 people who want to set up a self-employed activity by taking part in entrepreneurial training courses; Promote an entrepreneurial culture in the Northwest region through information campaigns aimed at raising awareness of existing opportunities in the field of entrepreneurship; Encourage entrepreneurship by providing financial support to promote a minimum of 49 businesses and support services to ensure business development.

  • Developing Transylvanian Furniture Cluster through research and innovation services (national framework - PNCDI III)

The aim of the project is to ensure the cluster's sustainability by developing the management capability of cluster-based RDI projects, as well as by developing a new cluster-based product (static-dynamic chair) and by providing support services for the internationalization of its members.

The specific objectives, which contribute to the achievement of the general goal are 1. Development of strategic planning and action documents for RDI components and internationalization. 2.Development and documenting of an RDI pilot project (in partnership and under EMC coordination), which aims at developing a new, static-dynamic office chair.3.Developing a new cluster service, RDI project management, to support the innovation capacity of members and to ensure the sustainability of the structure. In order to achieve the objectives and expected results of the application, three major categories of activities will be developed: Development of strategic planning documents, Development of a new static-dynamic office chair product in an RDI pilot project, and Dissemination of the project results.

  • Cluj Future of Work (Urban Innovation Action)

The project takes 5 innovative tracks:

1. It promotes “smart specialization”, aiming to make creative-based

industries – one of the new competitive advantages of the city- and related knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) services more competitive and engaged in societal change.

2. It enables the transition to work 4.0, providing training and skills development for the work of today and tomorrow, especially for work cycles under high risk of automation.

3. It re-imagines work, connected to both social values and technical potential.

4. It is an instrument to improve the spatial conditions of the local economy, through the regeneration of the CREIC area by transforming it into a knowledge-based new part of the city.

5. It introduces experimentations for systematic changes for local value-added chains and the new social contract governing the future of work.

CMT through its research directions within the field Eco-Nano-Advanced Technologies and Materials will contribute to “smart specialization” concept promoted by Cluj Future of Work project, being involved actively, through its projects, in the development of human resources so that the workforce within the cluster should be adapted to the dynamics of intelligence specialization areas, encouraging at the same time the development of entrepreneurship within and outside the cluster.

Project name

Better Factory | Grow your manufacturing business
Better Factory invites Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers (SMEs) to redesign their current product portfolio together with Business and Arts mentors and Technology experts. Manufacturers can tap into disruptive product innovation that responds to new market demands while keeping production resources optimal with RAMP IoT platform.

INTRIDE – Soft, Digital and Green Skills for Smart Designers: Designers as Innovative Triggers for SMEs in the manufacturing sector.
In INTRIDE we are leading the creation of a strong link and continuous interaction among HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), industry and intermediaries by developing a joint curriculum of the designer with soft, digital and green skills conceived as innovation trigger in activating innovation processes and managing the collaboration eco-system.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

China
Kazakhstan
Malaysia
South Africa

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Finland
Hungary
Italy
Spain
Slovenia

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

We also have international projects made in partnership. 

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 23.04.2020
Training the future furniture designers, a priority for Transylvanian Furniture Cluster
News Published: 23.04.2020
Uniting creative industries and furniture producers for BETTER FACTORY
News Published: 23.04.2020
Circular economy, boosted by Transylvanian Furniture Cluster through TRENCADIS project
News Published: 15.10.2018
From Cluj to Shanghai - together for Transylvania’s furniture industry