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PIMAP Partnership – Photonics for International Markets and APplications
PIMAP Partnership
ESCP-4i Status: 
Preparation Phase - Strand1
Start of Partnership: 
Partnership duration
24 months
Number of partners
Number of SMEs involved
Targeted third countries
United States

The PIMAP Partnership has been set up to support clusters, their SMEs and other regional ecosystem actors to ensure key enabling technologies (KETs) such as photonics and more conventional but essential technologies such as microwave can be mobilised to support Smart Manufacturing and related industrial applications in some of Europe’s key industrial sectors. This cross sectoral activity will drive the industrial modernisation process in Europe and will provide a springboard for cluster SMEs and promote European growth and innovation objectives through internationalisation support programmes.  The partnership actions can, in addition, be mobilised to support regional industrial modernisation actions through the leverage of photonic and microwave technologies in key emerging industries. The PIMAP partnership will seek to ensure and strengthen the connection between internationalisation and innovation, as the development of new innovative technologies is crucial for the success of the action.


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

  1. Defining the thematic areas and value chains that may offer the greatest potential for cross sectoral collaboration between Photonics and Advanced Manufacturing technologies and Industrial Applications. The international market trends of the key domains will be examined individually to position, within each sector, targeted applications.
  2. Identify the SME needs to support cross border collaboration and internationalisation and review previous cluster internationalisation support actions and good practices.
  3. Focusing and testing with two targeted countries (USA/Canada) that may offer the greater potential for the exploitation and deployment of Photonic enabled industrial applications including the identification of the relevant local actors and partners.Additionally, identify other potential third countries targets with market potential.
  4. Testing the PIMAP market positioning through the organization of two Third Country Missions and through reinforced European level inter-regional collaboration.
  5. Finding the complementarities between the cluster members/SMEs and systems integrators to present complete and consolidated PIMAP value chains and assessing the export potential based on the long-term plans and internal capabilities to perform exports.
  6. Reinforcing the positioning of Photonics led cross fertilisation into the regional development schemes and influence regional policy makers and related stakeholders regarding the Smart Specialisation Strategies and Industrial Modernisation policies.
  7. Elaboration of a comprehensive KPI performance monitoring system.
  8. Collaborating with other programmes and actors dealing with SMEs international and business deployment end.
  9. Implementation of an innovative communication strategy that puts the SMEs at the heart of the process and gives a high prominence to the ECCP Platform. Actively disseminate the PIMAP project and best practices for SME internationalisation support and cross-border inter-cluster collaboration.
  10. Strengthening the action of the PIMAP ESCP with the creation of a partnership agreement that will give a legal framework to the action plan implementation.
  11. Building a roadmap for short and mid-term actions to be undertaken in the internationalisation plan, including the identification of new cluster partners and country targets. 
  12.  Implementation of PIMAP visual identity and branding as part of the project sustainability actions.
Sectoral Industries: 
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology Fields: 
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMMSElectronic circuits, components and equipmentOptical Networks and Systems
S3 EU priority areas: 
Emerging industries: 
Experience Industries
Partnership planned events: 
Partnership other activities: 

The PIMAP Cluster partners will use the project to develop linkages with other European and international clusters for example Quebec Photonics.  These linkages, if relevant to the PIMAP concept will be formalised through the signing of MoU’s. Meanwhile at the European level the cluster mapping actions will enable other value chain actors to be identified that could be invited to participate in the further development of the PIMAP concept.

International Intermediaries present in the two target countries will be contacted as part of the market intelligence actions and as part of the organization of the project third country missions. For example, Alpha-RdL has good relations with international support partners French Tech based in Boston and San Francisco.

Sector groups and International networks such Photonics 21 will provide valuable insights into market trends, existing networks. At a national level, France represented by CNOP (photonics network by A-RDL), related also to EuroPho21 organised international event PHAROS Event …Meanwhile in Finland project partner Joesnuu SP is responsible for implementing the national Photonics Industry 4.0 programme supporting the Industrial Modernisation of the country.

  • Taking 4 leading European clusters as models and leaders for driving inter-cluster collaboration around a meta cluster approach;
  • Support and awareness raising to 900+ 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
  • Developing a focused internationalisation strategy that is first tested in depth on two targeted countries recognized as priorities by the EC;
  • 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 signing of a Partnership agreement with active support from regional and national policy makers.
Other key partners or networks your partnership is linked with in Europe and in third countries: 

Partnership composition

Name Sector/Technology fields Country Regions Total no. of members Total no. of SME
Business Joensuu Business Services, Education and Knowledge Creation

Micromachining, nanomachining, Moulding, injection moulding, sintering

Agricultural servicesForestry & logging, Energy production & distribution:Power generation / renewable sources

Creative Industries, Medical Devices
Finland Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi 50 35
Triple Steelix / Jernkontoret Downstream Metal Products, Metalworking Technology

Energy management, Metals and Alloys

Blue growthBlue renewable energy, Manufacturing & IndustryBasic metals & of fabricated metals products

Blue Growth Industries, Creative Industries
Sweden Norra Mellansverige 600 550
ALPHA-RLH Route des Lasers et des Hyperfréquences Aerospace Vehicles and Defence, Information Technology and Analytical Instruments

Network Technology, Network Security, Aeronautical technology / Avionics

Aeronautics & spaceAeronautics, Energy production & distribution:Power generation / renewable sources

Digital Industries, Experience Industries
France Aquitaine 270 197
PRODUTECH - Production Technologies Cluster Information Technology and Analytical Instruments, Production Technology and Heavy Machinery

Machine Tools, Plant Design and Maintenance

Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)Computer programming, consultancy & related activities, KETSAdvanced manufacturing systems

Digital Industries, Environmental Industries
Portugal Norte 122 65