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AIPQR - ASSOCIAÇÃO DAS INDÚSTRIAS DA PETROQUÍMICA, QUÍMICA E REFINAÇÃO

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 10 October, 2008
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Centro (PT)
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Other Label: 
Bronze Label has expired and AIPQR is now preparing its renewal
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
PortugalClusters
Associação COMSINES - Conselho das Comunidades de Sines
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Amaro
Nunes
Cluster Manager
+351962536081
amaronunes@aipqr.pt
Patricia
Rodrigues
ECCP Responsible Person
+351964561098
patricia.rodrigues@aipqr.pt
Languages spoken: 
English
Portuguese
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Downstream Chemical Products
Upstream Chemical Products
Technology fields: 
Fine Chemicals, Dyes and Inks
Plastics, Polymers
S3 EU priority areas: 
Chemicals & chemical products
Coke & refined petroleum products
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
bio polymers
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
31
Number of SME members: 
8
Number of larger company members: 
11
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
5
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

MISSION

The Cluster of the  Petrochemical, Chemical and Refining Industries takes as its mission the development of strategies and programs for collective efficiency that facilitate the development of value chains, infrastructural integration, promotion of enterprises with special focus on SMEs, the increase of competitiveness, the creation of a culture of innovation and development of high value-added products, and the sustainable integration of its target industries in Portuguese Society.

OBJECTIVES

To increase of the Cluster competitiveness, the turnover and exports, to focus on innovation as a  key factor for the development and to enhance the relevance of the Cluster

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Belgium
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
AIPQR collaborates with other clusters, notably by its participation in PORTUGALCLUSTER, a partnership between Portuguese Clusters
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

1. Studies of fundamental strategic importance to the Cluster which have contributed to other AIPQR’s projects, notably in what concerns “SMEs provision of support services to the activities of PCT”.

-"Study on the logistics requirements of the Petrochemical and Chemical industry in Portugal “

-“Study for the development of site shared utilities and support services".

These studies have contributed to:

(i)  reduce electrical energy cost and natural gas tariffs payed by some of the Cluster's industries

(ii) ensure the future water supply to Estarreja Chemical Site

(iii) other AIPQR’s projects, namely in what concerns “SMEs provision of support services to Cluster's activities.

 

2. R&D in Cluster’s Industries and the development of advanced skills, knowledge and excellence in human capital (Advanced Training Course and Doctoral Programme  in Refining, Petrochemical, and Chemical Engineering – EngIQ). Themes for PhD thesis are proposed by Industries of the Cluster, giving them the possibility to carry out relevant R&D projects in their industrial settings.

 

3. Training of plant operators and technical specialists in critical technical areas for the cluster´s industries, namely in "Automation and Instrumentation" and "thermodynamics and transport phenomena"

4. Development of a Community Panel in Sines industrial region, involving companies with local communities. Working groups were created in the following areas: (i) environment and sustainable development, (ii) civil protection and safety, (iii) cross-company cooperation and promotion of corporate social responsibility and education, (iv) culture and communication. This initiative has adopted the name of COMSINES - Sines Communities Council.

 

5- AIPQR has promoted the creation of six Working Groups, where relevant partners are involved. These Working Groups have enabled AIPQR to achieve its main objectives referred in this work.

 

6. AIPQR has been holding meetings with Official Entities in order to defend interests and objectives of the Cluster and of its associates

 

7. AIPQR was awarded the Bronze Seal Label - Cluster Management Excellence

 

8. Member of the PORTUGAL CLUSTERS partnership - an initiative which brings together national Portuguese clusters to exploring synergies and projects in areas of common interest.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

a)      To ensure that AIPQR´s initiatives take their opinions and expectancies into account, as well as in AIPQR’s formal positions before competent authorities.

b)    To collaborate in the AIPQR’s projects and to participate in the different working groups related with the strategic lines of AIPQR:  “Competitiveness”, “Innovation and organizational skills” and “Corporate Social Responsibility”.

c) To increase their network of contacts and the development of partnerships and projects

d) To have access to updated information