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Pilot Action in Germany: More Awareness for the Metal Cluster
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 06:46
The Metal Cluster Brandenburg and the cluster initiative profil.metall took part in the world’s biggest industrial fair – the Hannovermesse – in April 2013 and presented the cluster and the cluster member’s competences.

One of the key tasks for the metal cluster defined during C-Plus process is to enhance the economic perspectives by increasing the degree of Brandenburg’s awareness as an innovative and strong metal industry location within the region and beyond. To improve regional industrial image new marketing and communication measures were developed and brought into action during the C-Plus project.
To promote Brandenburg’s metal industry nationwide and internationally, a joint presentation concept for profil.metall and the Metal Cluster was developed.

Managers of the cluster and the cluster initiative presented the regional metal industry at the Hannovermesse together with partners like Kjellberg Finsterwalde, the Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus and cities of Frankfurt (Oder) and Eisenhüttenstadt.
Besides many trade and professional visitors also political key actors, e.g. Brandenburg’s Ministers for Economic and European Affairs and for Science, Research and Culture visited the cluster’s fair booth and were informed about the profile and the competences of Brandenburg’s metal cluster.

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C-Plus V-Broadcast on International Conference “Synergies in Steel”
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Tuesday, 28 May 2013 06:23

V-Broadcast on International Conference “Synergies in Steel”

The regional TV-Station „OSF Oder-Spree-Fernsehen“ has produced a feature on the International conference „Synergies in Steel“ on 23.11. 2012.

The conference is the annual main event for the Brandenburg Metal Cluster and was organized in cooperation of the cluster initiative profil.metall and the ZAB Business Development Board of Brandenburg in the framework of the C-Plus project.

Opened by the Minister for Economic and European Affairs of Brandenburg the conference attracted more than 100 visitors. Main topics of the conference were development prospects of the metal industry in Brandenburg and regional, entrepreneurial and scientific strategies for the future competitiveness of the sector

C-Plus Local Info Day and Consultative Committee Meeting in Poland
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:29

On May 17, 2013 at the headquarters of Beskid Technology Incubator in Bielsko-Biala, Regional Development Agency as a partner of the "C-Plus Implementing World-Class Clusters in Central Europe", organized and conducted Local Info Day and Consultative Committee Meeting.

Event include such issues as: main objectives and activities of C-Plus for the development of world class clusters, importance of clusters for faster economic improvement, best practices in cluster management, Local Action Plan nad Pilot Actions,  cluster development policy in the Silesian region. As a meeting participators, RDA BB invited representatives from other regional clusters, local authorities and experts from clusters policy supporting cluster improvement in Silesian Voivodeship.

Meeting had two -fold dimension. From the one side, concentrated on presentation of C-Plus activities and results, such as:

- Project partnership
- Clusters Involved
- Mapping process & results presentation
- C-Plus Benchmarking methodology & result
- Clusters and Innovation Leaders presentation via C-Plus SME’s on Screen
- Local Action Plan, Pilot Action.
from the other side, thanks to clusters experts, managers and local authority representatives’ involvement, meeting was assumed as brainstorm workshop, focused at knowledge exchange about cluster development, cluster/actors needs and policy support at the regional economy market. Event gathered in one place Clusters Managers, Local Authorities, Clusters Experts, Cluster Policy Experts, Business Support Institution (RDA BB) and thanks to their active participation and presented topics like:

- Clusters and regional development - importance of clusters in the region
- Cluster Policy Implementation in the Silesian Voivodeship in 2007-2013
- Best practices in cluster development - examples from Silesian Design Cluster
- The role and challenges of cluster coordinator

meeting allowed for common "brainstorm" identification of cluster development problems and success factors in compare to C-Plus actions & gained results.
Download this file (Agenda CC 17.05.2013 Pl-En.pdf)Consultative Com.&Local Info Day 17.05.2013 Poland[RDA BB Consultative Com.&Local Info Day 17.05.2013 ]1237 Kb
CENTRAL EUROPE Programme Annual Conference 2013
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00
Event: CENTRAL EUROPE Programme Annual Conference 2013 Category: Central Events

15-16 May Padua, Italy

The conference will link the presentation of thematic achievements of the current programme with the collection of feedback for the new programme. It will continue capitalisation activities started in 2012 and provide room for discussion on how to sustain and mainstream project results.

All CENTRAL EUROPE project partners as well as thematic stakeholders from all governance levels are invited to provide feedback on the intended priorities and actions of the new CENTRAL EUROPE Programme 2014-2020, based on learnings from the current programme.

Representative of „C-PLUS IMPLEMENTING WORLD CLASS-CLUSTER IN CENTRAL EUROPE" project team  is going to attend in this conference

Get  more information here: Defending CENTRAL EUROPE Conference 2013

Pilot action in Hungary – Thermal bathes in cooperation
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Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Pilot action in Hungary – Thermal bathes in cooperation

On the 27th February the transnational forum of the West-Transdanubian, Austrian and Styrian spas were organized in Bad Waltersdorf Austria in the frame of the C-PLUS project.

On the forum of Austrian and Hungarian thermal baths of the region the parties agreed that joint efforts for the market penetration need to be taken. An important element of this is the creation of common quality training of human resources, common labor market and energy efficient operations. The interest on integrated tourism and cultural programs and the development of a common communication channel was also defined by the invited participants.

In the spirit of refreshing old ties, launching dialogues, exchanging experience, creating possible and desirable market and technical cooperation, preparing for the 2014-2020 EU financial support period, Gründer- und Servicezentrum Fürstenfeld, Business and Innovation Centre Burgenland and Pannon Business Network Association organized a forum in Bad Waltersdorf for the thermal baths of West Pannon region, Burgenland and Styria. The representatives of the umbrella organizations Pannon Thermal Cluster and Thermenland Styria participated in the program and presented their organization history, activities, the current market situation and developments of the thermal market.

In the second part Balázs Barta, the representative of Pannon Business Network presented the results of the innovation benchmarking analysis conducted in the framework of C-PLUS project among the region’s thermal baths. He highlighted the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of the thermal sector.

The success of thermal baths is based on the mapping and understanding of their operational strengths and weaknesses.

Then the participants of the forum get acquainted with services that promote the optimization of the operation of small and medium-sized enterprises, especially in the field of human resources management, energy management, and IT solutions. These three factors greatly influence the effectiveness and reasonable cost-saving for the business. The invited experts emphasized that with the understanding of the business process the quality of daily job can be significantly improved, the energy consumption can be reduced and with the introduction of advanced IT systems the process can be more transparent and controllable. All of these can further improve business results.

In the third part of the event a good example of cross-border health tourism cooperation was presented for the audience. The Regio Vitalis project supported in the SI-AT territorial cooperation program highlighted the results and findings made by the involved Austrian and Slovenian project partners in the topic of health tourism which is a significant direction for all spas.

Then, the participants joined into small working groups (Austrian and Hungarian participants together) to discuss the challenges and plans for the 2014-2020 EU financial support period and define the topics which they consider to be essential for the common future development of the thermal sector. As the closure of the common work the speakers of the small groups presented their ideas to the audience. The results of the interactive program indicated that the common quality training of human resources, common labour market, common communication channel and integrated tourism and cultural program is important for both the Hungarian and Austrian participants and provides possibility for future cooperation projects.

The meeting was closed by a study trip to Bad Blumau thermal bath, which gives a perfect example of the sophisticated marketing, innovation, delivery of human values and smart business leadership.


C-Plus Final Conference"International Forum: World Class Clusters and Regional Dynamism"
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Monday, 06 May 2013 00:00

"International Forum: World Class Clusters and Regional Dynamism"
International Conference held on April the 23rd at the Museum of Industrial Heritage, Bologna, Italy, from 9.30 to 17.00.

The conference, organized by CNA Emilia Romagna, represented the final event of C-Plus - Implementing world-class clusters in Central Europe and the launch conference of CLOUD - Orientation towards Clusters Up-to-date technologies and models for common Development, both transnational cooperation projects leaded by CNA Emilia Romagna.

Several international experts on clusters brought their experience and more than a hundred people attended the event.



Conference programme,


Pictures of the event

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