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ACMM- Marche Manufacturing Cluster Association

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 9 September, 2013
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
EFFRA Platform
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
Machine Tools
Machining (turning, drilling, moulding, planing, cutting)
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
New or improved organisational models
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
HSD s.p.a.
Larger Company
Eurosuole s.p.a.
Meccano s.p.a.
Technology Center
Schnell spa
Cluster Strategy

The Marche Region has joined the S3 national strategy by identifying strategic areas for  the regional technological development. From this analysis Associazione Cluster Marche Manufacturing has been set up.

Marche Manufacturing Cluster Association (MMCA) is a public-private partnership composed of different subjects, Universities, Research Institutes and Local Companies mainly. They cooperate and work together to collect and study the needs of the manufacturing production, which is always more oriented towards a smart, mechanized, efficient, eco- friendly and people-oriented cooperation. It was officially set up in July 2013, with the aim of connecting the local production needs with the policies of our Region, the Marche, to support innovation, research and development.


    Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
    Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
    Support services provided: 
    Facilitation of collaboration between members
    Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
    Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
    Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
    Staff Mobility
    Details of support services: 

    Among the main services we offer:

    • Smart Database about manufacturing: creation of a smart database of technologies, mapping the local context in order to identify regional expertise:
    • Innovation and competitiveness of the regional business system through the creation of highly specialized chains and the management of relations with regional national and European institutions;
    • Networking activities with the main national and international platfroms;
    • Collaboration with Marche Region to define research and innovation strategies;
    • Support the local companies in internationalization strategies, through regional, national and international funds and programme;
    • Mobility and ongoing training to encourage technology transfer and to enhance the organizational and technological expertise.
    Cooperation Activities
    International Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    United States
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
    Support to collaborative activities/etc.
    Trans-national Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
    Support to collaborative activities/etc.
    Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
    Italy: AFIL, ARTI, ASTER,
    Europe: ICCRAM, Croatia, Plasttechnics Cluster Slovenia, Plastipolis, Cluster Intelligent Energy, Fraunhofer
    Support Programmes
    Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
    European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
    EIT KICs

    Twinning Action: call for Twinning within the Spreading excellence and widening participation programme, aims to nurture links between Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Spain in key areas around the Sustainable Built Environment.

    Interreg programme: Greenomed-  Mediterranean Trans-Regional Cooperation for green manufacturing innovation" Projects for the European Territorial Cooperation in the MED area LINK

    I4MS, ICT Innovation for Manufacturing SME's: The project aims to digitalise manufacturing, creating a link between new and old actors in order to adapt and create successful business models. Therefore the project will achieve the revitalization of vocational manufacturing sectors i.e. footwear and the diversification into new field i.e. mechatronics, home automation, wellness industry. This change will be guarantee through the use of robotics and HpC. From the I4MS the cluster join the partnership of Fortissimo and partcipated with two associate members in the call Fortissimo 2 and Fortissimo 3.

    SME Instrument is a programme dedicated to sme's to boost and improve their innovation. The programme will guarantee financial support to innovative sme's that have a new product, process or service with a huge potential market.

    Fast Track to Innovation: The Cluster has accompanied a company across the subservience of the Fast Track to Innovation project. Fast track are projects coordinated by a consortium of company, composed by large industries, sme's and reserach centers for a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 actors located in different European countries. The aim is to develop a new product or process that will faster achieve the market.

    Eranet: Manunet. Manunet is a call inside the ERANET program, which will foster the competitiveness of Europe’s Manufacturing Industry by co-funding manufacturing research projects performed by enterprises (preferably SMEs) and their strategic partners. The funding objectives of the call are transnational application oriented and high risk R&D projects related to Manufacturing.



    National Programmes

    Bandi Mise_ Industria Sostenibile: Support in the preparation of new national calls in advanced manufacturing. ACMM collect all the ideas and needs of local companies and take it to the national government in order to guide the government in the launch of new calls.

    Regional Programmes

    Por FESR Marche 2014-2020 Priority 1 Action 1.1 - Promotion Innovation and Research

    Por FESR Marche 2014-2020 Priority 3 Action 7.1 – Support to start up and SME set up in rural area

    • Por FESR MARCHE 2014-2020 2014/2020 - ASSE 1 - OS 2 - AZIONE 2.1 "Collaborative Platform for integrated and user center production" LINK
    Success Story / Achievements: 

    Manufacturing plays a leading role on the international scene. The aim of sustainable manufacturing is to create products that minimize negative environmental impact, preserve energy and natural resources; they are safe for employees or communities and are economically sound.

    These products are a mix of eco-design, technology, personalization, tradition, valorisation of Made in Italy and people oriented.

    They are unique, i.e. they represent the “optimum” for the manufacturing thanks to different factors, such as industrial tradition, manufacturing culture, image, reputation, territorial organisation, presence of universities and research institutes.

    The mission is to promote, actuate and improve a strategy of innovation and research. This strategy contributes to develop new products and services, processes and technologies, which guarantee environmental and economic sustainability through an efficient use of resources and high performance manufacturing.

    It also improves the stability of the national manufacturing community and it links local and national politics with the international ones.

    Sustainable Manufacturing is human centred: people are crucial in the process. Everyone works in very safe conditions, with high wellness standard. Safety shoes, virtual technologies, sensors, multimodal interfaces to support worker-machine interaction are an example of new manufacturing.

    Recycling and Re-use is another important aspect. Every materials, applications and technologies should be recycled, according to an industrial symbiosis.

    Sustainable Manufacturing’s Enterprises are eco-friendly, eco-design, based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), use eco-filters for production machinery. They reduce CO2 emissions, implementing energy efficiency.

    The final purpose is to rise enterprise’s competitiveness in the manufacturing sector and to establish their leadership not only in the national but also in the international context.

    Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

    Associazione Cluster Marche Manufacturing is a young cluster, set up in 2013 but very active in national and international scenario. We collaborate with several clusters and we can offer our experiences in the international cooperation.