2019 EU-Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event
The 2019 EU-Taiwan Cluster Matchmaking Event has taken place from March 6th to 8th at the GLOBAL INDUSTRIE trade show in Lyon, France. It was organized by European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) and Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI). There were 12 Taiwanese and 22 EU cluster representatives to participate. Clusters representatives were in different fields including smart industry and connected factory, manufacturing technologies and equipment, mechanical engineering and metalworking as well as other user industries including ICT, cosmetics, consumer goods, food, transports and mobility.
The EU-Taiwan Cluster Cooperation Seminar was held on March 6th. The opening remarks were given by Director of DG Grow Mr. Slawomir Tokarski, Vice Minister of Economic Affaris Ms. Mei-Hua Wang, Representative of Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Mr. Samy Kefi Jerome, and Representative of CNFI Mr. Mark Chang.
There were 5 sessions in the seminar, including session 1 “Understanding EU and Taiwan cluster business and research collaboration” by Mr. Emilien OUMEHD of European and international partnership promoter at AuvergneRhône-Alpes Entreprises and Dr. Liang-Han HSIEH of ITRI, session 2 “Initiatives supporting EU-Taiwan cluster and business cooperation” by Ms. Noelia Dosil of ECCP, Mr. Wei-Cheng YEN of CNFI, . Mr. Edouard LEONET of IPR SME Helpdesk, and Ms. Monika SU of TAITRA, session 3 “Building global value chains through clusters in smart manufacturing: trends & challenges” by Mr. Pedro ROCHA of PRODUTECH and Ms. Chin-An WANG of Smart Machinery Promotion Office, session 4“Good practices and experiences on EU-Taiwan cluster collaboration” by Ms. Franckie BÉCHEREAU of Cosmetic Valley and Mr. Eric TAI of Taiwan Beauty Valley, session 5 “Roundtable presentations” by EU and Taiwan cluster delegations.
The C2B and C2C matchmaking was held on March 7th. This session begin with welcome remark by Ms. Eva Revilla of DG GROW and Mr. Mark Chang of CNFI. There were total of 75 meetings held between EU and Taiwan clusters and companies. Many Taiwanese cluster representatives felt this event was very helpful for them to have better understanding with different EU cluster organizations and may have opportunities to foster cooperation in the near future.
There were 2 visits scheduled on March 8th. In the morning, there was a visit to “Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, INSA Lyon”, where the representatives of INSA Valor gave an institutional presentation about the university. Follow by a visit to NAVYA in the afternoon, where delegates were arranged to have a ride with autonomous vehicle “ARMA” and factory visit.