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CATALONIA’S CLUSTER NETWORK

BACKGROUND

Starting in 1992, Catalonia was a pioneer region in cluster policy together with a few other regions and has become since a global leader

The main aim of this policy has always been the improvement of business competitiveness, using clusters as a tool and never as an end in themselves.

During these 25 years of experience, cluster policy has evolved in terms of the definition of the initiatives, from a narrow definition of a business and around a traditional value chain to a more cross-cutting approach where an initiative can also be defined based upon a strategy or a given end market. At the same time, the geographical scope has enlarged since at the beginning initiatives had a more local focus and nowadays it covers more territory, to reflect the current reality and reach a higher critical mass. Moreover, during these years, Catalan cluster policy has gradually promoted the institutionalisation and professionalization of the cluster organisations.

Notwithstanding the changes, there are some methodological elements that have remained constant throughout the years: our philosophy of public-private partnership, where the initiatives have been frequently initially launched by the public administration but have developed where there has been a private leadership. And the combination of analysis and process tools, that is diagnosis of the competitive position of the cluster coupled with the implementation of actions focused on strategic change as the driver to improve competitiveness.

All these features have favoured the blooming of a cluster hotspot in Catalonia, not only involving cluster organisations and public authorities but also including specialised organisations related to clusters like TCI, the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence or consultancy firms and business schools with specific programmes.

 

CATALAN CLUSTER POLICY STRATEGY

The current Catalan cluster policy strategy is aimed at fostering excellence and is based on four pillars:

Catalan cluster policy strategy

 

CATALONIA CLUSTERS’ PROGRAMME

In 2013 the Catalonia Clusters’ Programme was conceived to provide a structured framework to the cluster work undertaken in the region and promote excellent cluster organisations.

The programme, open and voluntary, is designed for a three-year lifespan after which it is thoroughly revised.

Catalonia Clusters’ Programme is a service-based programme that is customised to the needs of the Catalan clusters. An action plan is developed every year covering the following areas:

  • Strategic coaching
  • Support to internationalisation
  • Capacity building
  • Strategic update
  • Networking activities
  • Espai Catalonia Clusters, co-working space

In order for a cluster to become member of the programme, it needs to be aligned with the Catalan cluster policy and meet ten criteria related to the scope and critical mass as well as to governance and professionalization of the cluster organisation.

Currently there are 29 clusters part of the programme which in turn are aligned with the Catalan RIS3 priorities as can be seen in the figure below.

Catalan clusters

 

CLUSTERS IN CATALONIA CLUSTERS’ PROGRAMME

 

Food

 

AINS

Nutritionand Health Cluster

CATALONIA GOURMET 

Gourmet Cluster

FOODSERVICE CLUSTER

FoodserviceCluster

INNOVACC

Pork Meat Cluster

INNOVI

Wineand Cava Cluster

Mobility

 

CIAC

Automotive IndustryCluster

RAILGRUP

RailwayCluster

Catalonia Logistics

Logistics and Transport Cluster

Advanced Manufacturing

 

CLUSTER MAV

Advanced Materials Cluster

FEMAC

AgriculturalProductionMeans

SECPhO

Light Technologies Cluster

Water and Energy

 

CEEC

EfficientEnergyCluster

Catalan WaterPartnership

WaterCluster

BIOMASSA CLUSTER

HubBiomass

SOLARTYS

Solar EnergyCluster

Design Manufacturing

 

CENFIM

FurnitureCluster

HABITAT CLUSTER BARCELONA

Home Products Cluster

MODACC

FashionTextilesCluster

DOMOTYS

Cluster of home &buildingautomationandSmartCities

CICAT

LightingCluster

Health

 

CATALONIABIO&HEALTHTECH

Biotechnologyand Health Technologies Cluster

CLUSTER SALUT MENTAL

Mental Health Cluster

Digital

 

CLUSTER DIGITAL

Digital Cluster

EDUTECH

Education ICT Cluster

CLUSTER AUDIOVISUAL

Audiovisual Cluster

Cross-cutting Industries

 

BEAUTY CLUSTER BARCELONA

Cosmeticsand Personal CareCluster

INDESCAT

SportsCluster

KID’S CLUSTER

KidsRelated Products Cluster

PACKAGING CLUSTER

PackagingCluster

 

Contact details

ACCIÓ’s website (English) : http://catalonia.com/en/

Direct link to clusters http://catalonia.com/en/catalonia-barcelona/diverse-open-dynamic/cluster-hotspot.jsp

ACCIÓ’s website in Catalan: http://accio.gencat.cat/ca/inici/

Contact person: Emma Vendrell emma.vendrell@gencat.cat

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