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Automotive Cluster Bulgaria

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General Information
Year Established: 
Friday, 19 October, 2012
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Югозападен (Yugozapaden)
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Association of Business Clusters in Bulgaria
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Lyubomir
Stanislavov
Cluster Manager
+359 2 476 05 10
lubo.stanislavov@automotive.bg
Languages spoken: 
Bulgarian
English
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Automotive
Technology fields: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Quality Management System
Moulding, injection moulding, sintering
S3 EU priority areas: 
Transport & logistics
Automated driverless vehicles
Advanced materials
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Logistical Services
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
37
Number of SME members: 
27
Number of larger company members: 
5
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
5
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Automotive Cluster Bulgaria (ACB) is relatively young (founded in 2012) but quite successful non-profit organization which represents the interests of automotive manufacturers, suppliers and organizations providing services for the automotive industry in Bulgaria. It fosters synergies between the cluster members and supports their business growth and competitiveness through participation in national and international projects, professional automotive qualification programs, exhibitions, forums, cluster-to-cluster and business-to-business events, etc.
The ACB currently boasts 37 nationally and internationally renowned member companies which employ over 22,000 people in Bulgaria and over 665,000 worldwide. The members are - one OEM (original equipment manufacturer) assembler, Tier 1,Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers, four technical universities, facility management companies, logistics and other related firms. The universities that are part of the cluster are the main that provide workforce for the automotive industry in Bulgaria. The ACB is participating in different joint projects with the universities regarding trainings and dula education.

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.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
None
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
Croatia
Czech Republic
Germany
Hungary
Slovakia
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Automotive Clusters in Serbia (oustide EU), Romania, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Austria
ICT Cluster Bulgaria, Electric vehicles industrial cluster - Bulgaria
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
Other

"ACB - catalyst of the automotive indusrty in Bulgaria"

National Operational Programme "Development of the Competitiveness of the Bulgarian Economy" 2007-2013

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Some success stories and projects of ACB could be reached here - http://automotive.bg/projects/

Why partners should choose you for cooperation?: 

Partners should choose Automotive Cluster Bulgaria for cooperation because of the experience in different projects and the potential of growth of the automotive industry in Bulgaria. This part of the national economy is currently underdeveloped, has all prerequisits and it is expected to bloom in mid term period.