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Acronym: 
EXXTRA
Name: 
EXcellence EXchange and Teaming-up between RAilway clusters and ecosystems
Start of Partnership: 
Monday, 3 February, 2020
Partnership duration
24
Number of partners
7
Number of planned Exchanges
52
Partnership's Origin
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Partnership Objectives: 

The EXXTRA project is one of the first "ESCP-4X". Its aim is to accompany the professionalisation of clusters' competences and services towards the creation and consolidation of world-class clusters in the field of the Railway Technologies. The EXXTRA project will also launch the "EXXTRA ClusterXchange scheme" that will allow 52 Visiting Organisations thoughout Europe (Cluster Managers, SMEs, scaling-up organisations) to benefit from a mobility period in another country to develop a specific plan of activities in order either to improve competences or to develop new products/services.

The EXXTRA Partners are innovation-driven Clusters in the field of Rail Supply Industry (RSI), a sector where EU accounts for nearly half of the world market and has a market share of more than 80% in Europe. To preserve its leadership and remain able to compete successfully against foreign suppliers, the European RSI has to keep on staying at the forefront of RDI, has to face industrial transformation, digitalization, skills shortage, and uneven level playing field when it comes to internationalization in third countries. The cruciality for EU to support the RSI – where SMEs account for >90%, and for this Clusters are increasingly crucial players - is also emphasized by the European Parliament, that in its Resolution of 9th June 2016 underlines “the specific nature and strategic relevance of the European rail supply industry for a European industrial renaissance”. Fully aware of their mission and challenges, the Partners have developed the “EXXTRA Vision” about what Cluster organizations have to be to provide answer to all above, and this project aims to realise such Vision with a full set of activities including the development of a European Partnership Joint Strategy. The Partners represent >840 members, of which >500 SMEs and 130 among Universities/Research centres and other ecosystems actors. They have strong roots in their territories – where they operate as Institutional enterprises - and linkages with all stakeholders and public authorities. The Partners’ activity (data from ECCP) span over 6 sectoral industries, are evolving in 6 Emerging Industries and position themselves under 10 different European S3, showing how the EXXTRA project can be a catalyzer not just for the development of one EU key sector rather can disclose huge cross-opportunities with other sectors and technologies. The 7 territories involved in the project include NUTS 2, 1 and 0: 4 “More developed regions”, 2 “Transition regions” and 1 ‘unclassified’ since one COSME Country outside EU.

S3 EU priority areas: 
Emerging industries: 
Mobility Technologies
Sectoral Industries: 
Other: 

The range of areas upon which the Partners are working is much wider, including, for instance:

in terms of Technology Fields:

  • Electronics, IT and Telecomms
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Production, Transmission, Conversion and Storage
  • Industrial Manufacture
  • Materials Technology
  • Process control and logistics
  • Aerospace Technologies
  • Measurements and Technical Standards
  • Sound Engineering Technology
  • Protecting Man and Environment against Fire and Noise.

- in terms of sectors:

  • Railway mode connections for passengers and goods towards efficient Multimodality.

 

 

Partnership planned events: 
Target Group: 
Cluster Organisations
Type: 
Training
Estimated Date: 
May 25th-26th
City: 
Online mode
Target Group: 
Cluster Organisations
Type: 
Training
Estimated Date: 
October 27th-28th
Country: 
Denmark
City: 
Copenhagen
Target Group: 
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Type: 
Matchmaking Event
Estimated Date: 
December 1st-2nd
Country: 
Spain
City: 
Madrid
Target Group: 
Cluster Organisations
Open to SMEs
Type: 
Matchmaking Event
Estimated Date: 
April 27th-30th
Country: 
Germany
City: 
Berlin
Partnership other activities: 

(Online mode) May 25th and May 26th 2020 | "Learning & Sharing Workshops" - Focus Session #1 on:

  • Cluster Management, Strategy and Organisation (Half-Day1)
  • Innovation Services (Half-Day2).
Results expected: 

The EXXTRA Partnership expects to achieve the following main results:

  1. Professional leverage of 7 Railway Clusters' Managers and staff positively impacting on offer, quality and effectiveness of cluster services. This activity will create a wider impact on 9 more European Railway Clusters we are partnering with (listed below in "Other key partners and networks"), and may have impact on the general Cluster Community thanks to the key learnings we will share on the ECCP;
  2. Consequent professional upgrade of 7 Cluster Strategies;
  3. Development of a Joint Cluster Strategy and Joint Cluster Activities, benefiting not only Cluster Managers and staff rather also their members and ecosystems;
  4. Development of the "EXXTRA ClusterXchange scheme", that will benefit 52 European organisations and will be devoted to 3 macro-areas that are key to the Partners: (a) Industrial Modernistation, Digitalisation and Global Trends; (b) Collaboration and Innovation Roadmaps towards new Value Chains; (c) Internationalisation in third countries as European Value Chain;
  5. Building grounds for continuity of some project activities - mainly the ClusterXchange scheme - as key value the Partners can provide to their members on a more stable way.
Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries: 
Country: 
United Kingdom
Name: 
Rail Alliance
Country: 
Belgium
Name: 
Logistics in Wallonia
Country: 
Germany
Name: 
Berlin Partner
Country: 
Germany
Name: 
CNA
Country: 
Sweden
Name: 
Järnvägsklustret
Country: 
Serbia
Name: 
RCSEE
Country: 
Poland
Name: 
Południowy Klaster Kolejowy
Country: 
Austria
Name: 
ACstyria Mobilitätscluster

Partnership composition

Name Sector/Technology fields Country Regions Total no. of members Total no. of SME
ANATOLIAN RAIL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CLUSTER Automotive, Transportation and Logistics

Engineering, System and transportation

Experience Industries, Mobility Technologies
Turkey Ankara Subregion 170 106
MAFEX Production Technology and Heavy Machinery, Transportation and Logistics

Construction engineering (design, simulation), Construction maintenance and monitoring methods & equipment

Digital AgendaICT trust, cyber security & network security, Digital AgendaIntelligent inter-modal & sustainable urban areas (e.g. smart cities)

Digital Industries, Mobility Technologies
Spain País Vasco 81 49
DITECFER District for Rail Technologies, High Speed, Networks' Safety & Security Information Technology and Analytical Instruments, Transportation and Logistics

System and transportation, Railway Transport

Sustainable innovationHigh speed rail-road transportation systems, Sustainable innovationSmart green & integrated transport systems

Digital Industries, Environmental Industries
Italy Toscana 126 102
CenSec Aerospace Vehicles and Defence, Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

Aeronautical technology / Avionics, Satellite Navigation Systems

Digital AgendaICT trust, cyber security & network security, KETSAdvanced manufacturing systems

Digital Industries
Denmark Midtjylland 150 125
Rail.S e.V. Production Technology and Heavy Machinery, Transportation and Logistics

Engineering, Railway Transport

Blue growthTransport & logistics (incl. highways of the seas), Sustainable innovationHigh speed rail-road transportation systems

Blue Growth Industries, Experience Industries
Germany Dresden 103 60
Railgrup Transportation and Logistics

Process optimisation, waste heat utilisation, System and transportation

Construction:Civil engineering, Sustainable innovationSustainable energy & renewables

Experience Industries, Logistical Services
Spain Cataluña 105 60
TTP i-Trans - competitiveness cluster Automotive, Transportation and Logistics

System and transportation, Railway Vehicles

Transporting & storageRail transport & related services, Transporting & storageRoad transport & related services

Mobility Technologies
France Nord - Pas-de-Calais 118 78