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Xylofutur, innovation cluster for the forest- and wood-based sector
Xylofutur

France: New Aquitaine
Marc Vincent
Profile:
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Overview

About us

Among the 70 French competitiveness clusters, Xylofutur is the only one dedicated to the forest-wood-paper sector and it is approved by the French State. Its objective is to improve the  competitiveness of companies in this sector, thanks to innovation and Research & Development. Its mission is to create durable links between the different actors: companies, education and research, communities, institutions, investors, the aim being to bring out innovative projects in order to create added value.

Moreover, this encourages the development of industrial activities towards current and future target markets such as sustainable buildings, home improvement, furnishings, fine and convenience chemicals, packaging and energy.

In the fields of Research & Development and training, Xylofutur is active, visible and attractive, and thus meets the priorities displayed by the French government in the context of economic development.

It is organized according to three strategic axes: «Forest management and exploitation», «Wood materials and construction», «Fibers, Chemical and energy».

Xylofutur aims to support companies, particularly SMEs, in areas such as marketing, access to public and private financing, internationalization and anticipation of skills needs.

The forest-wood-paper sector has major advantages in the economic, ecological and industrial domains, and the will of Xylofutur is to support its members in their commitment within this  sector.

Xylofutur is based in Gradignan (near Bordeaux) in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is the largest region in France, with 84,100 km2, and the first forest region with 2.8 million hectares of forest of various species: maritime pine, douglas fir, oak, poplar, chestnut, spruce ...

Established - 09 September 2005
Staff in the management team - 6-10

Cluster composition

  • 276
    Cluster Members
  • 150
    SME's
  • 15
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 15
    Large Companies
  • 75
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 1
    Number of civil society members
  • 35
    Other Ecosystem Actors
  • Label « Pôle de compétitivité » awarded by the French state, after a national call for applications and based on specific requirements (56 in total).
  • Implementation of a national network of start-ups from the forest-based sector, which gathers 30 start-ups and partners (including investors) : https://www.lawoodtech.fr/
Legal form of the cluster organisation
Registered Association
Languages spoken
English French German Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website

Management team

Marc Vincent
Cluster Manager
Apolline Oswald
Project Manager
Bérénice Kimpe
Kimpe Bérénice
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A02 Forestry and logging - Manufacturing:C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials - Manufacturing:C31 Manufacture of furniture
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Forestry and logging:A0210 Silviculture and other forestry activities - Forestry and logging:A0240 Support services to forestry - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials:C1610 Sawmilling and planing of wood - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials:C1621 Manufacture of veneer sheets and wood-based panels - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials:C1623 Manufacture of other builders' carpentry and joinery - Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials:C1629 Manufacture of other products of wood - Manufacture of paper and paper products:C1711 Manufacture of pulp - Manufacture of paper and paper products:C1712 Manufacture of paper and paperboard - Manufacture of paper and paper products:C1721 Manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard
Cross-sectoral industries
Advanced Packaging
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Alliances:Low carbon industries Ecosystems:Renewable Energy
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Agriculture; forestry; animal husbandry; hunting; trapping; fishing - B\: Performing operations; transporting:Working or preserving wood or similar material; nailing or stapling machines in general
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Bio fuels & energy efficiency

Services

Support services provided

Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Communication
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
INTERREG

Name & description

Project name

Interreg: as beneficiary partner

  • Eguralt : application and dissemination of innovation to promote timber construction for medium and high rise timber buildings
  • IMIP : innovative eco-construction system based on interlocking modular insulation wood and cork-based panels
  • Woodmarkets : digital transition for the wood industry

Interreg: as associated partner

  • Phyto2Sudoe : innovative phytomanagement for the restoration of contaminated sites
  • SustForestPlus: expanding markets of derived products through commercial and technological promotion of the natural resin produced in the forests of Southwest Europe as a social, economic and environmental sustainable resource, within the new bio economy promoted by the European Union
  • (in preparation) Transformalps: the adaptation of alpine forests to climate change and its impact on the wood value chain

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
Japan

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Finland
Portugal
Spain
Italy
Slovenia

Transnational support activites

Promotional Activities - Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc. - Other

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

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

Profile name Location Network type
InnovaWood
VCG.AI

Germany

International

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 08.07.2022
Entry into force of the European patent with unitary effect on 01.01.2023

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