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CLUSTER DE FUNDICIÓN DEL PAíS VASCO (AFV - FUNDIGEX)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 20 September, 1978
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
País Vasco
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
CAEF
AGEX
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Leire
Errasti
Other
+034 944700707
fundiform@feaf.es
Female
Iñigo
Libano
Project Manager
+034 944700707
proyectos@feaf.es
Male
Oroitz
Unzain
ECCP Responsible Person
+034 944700707
programas@feaf.es
Male
Matxalen
Laseca
Other
+034 944700707
afv@feaf.es
Female
Maria José
Sagarduy
Other
+034 944700707
info@feaf.es
Female
Maite
Rodríguez
Other
+034 944700707
afc@feaf.es
Female
Marcial
Alzaga
Cluster Manager
+034 944700707
feaf@feaf.es
Male
Marina
Giacopinelli
Internationalisation Responsible
+34 944706505
marina@fundigex.es
Female
Nerea
Frías
Project Manager
+34 944706505
nerea@fundigex.es
Female
Estibaliz
Goitia
Project Manager
+34 944706505
estibaliz@fundigex.es
Female
Languages spoken: 
Basque
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Swedish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Downstream Metal Products
Metalworking Technology
Technology fields: 
Iron and Steel, Steelworks
Non-ferrous Metals
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Basic metals & of fabricated metals products
Emerging industries: 
Experience Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
75
Number of SME members: 
59
Number of larger company members: 
14
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
IK4-AZTERLAN
Research Organisation
TECNALIA
Research Organisation
DRAXTON
Larger Company
FAGOR EDERLAN
Larger Company
FUNDICIONES SEIAK
SME
LORAMENDI, S.COOP.
SME
METALSMELTING, S.A.
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

MISSION: Strengthen the leadership, image and global positioning of the foundry sector, with a strong global positioning in markets with potential for sustainable growth through the promotion of innovation and cooperation as a lever of competitiveness.

VISION: Be a benchmark of prestige around the value chain of the foundry sector with a strong global positioning in markets with future and high technological demand, as well as in the field of sustainability.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Periodic Information dissemination
Details of support services: 

In 1962 the Foundry Association of Biscay was founded. On this basis, was established in 1978 the Foundry Association of the Basque Country and Navarre (AFV) as a representative body, to manage and defend the common interests of companies in a traditional Sector in the Basque Country, the Foundry Sector. In 1997, the AFV agreed with the Foundry Association of Catalonia (AFC), the other focal point of the Sector in Spain, to set up the Spanish Federation of Foundry Associations (FEAF). FEAF has its head office in Bilbao, in the headquarters of the AFV, and both organisations share the same resources, not only material but also human. FEAF is recognized by all Administrations as the representative of the Foundry Sector in Spain. FEAF is also member of the European Foundry Association (CAEF), umbrella organisation of the European foundry industry. CAEF deals with economic, technical, legal, and social issues. Its membership includes the national foundry associations from 20 European countries.

Our associates include equipment from the most modern installations to handcrafted installations. Because of this, we put at your disposal the possibility to produce any type of casting. FEAF groups together 151 associated companies. It is composed of iron foundries (80% of the production), non-ferrous foundries (12% of the production) and steel foundries (8% of theproduction). FEAF also has as associated members a set of 34 supplier companies of the industry. These are suppliers of raw materials, equipment and foundry services, thereby extending FEAF's value chain.

Since 2008 AFV has been recognized as a Pre-Cluster Association by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Commerce and Tourism of the Basque Government. In 2015, it was taken the decision that as of 2016 the AFV will be considered as Basque Country Foundry Cluster in collaboration with FUNDIGEX. In this collaboration FUNDIGEX covers the branch of internationalization.

The main activities and services provided are the following:

ACCESS TO EUROPEAN MARKET AND INTERNATIONALISATION SUPPORT

Study and selection of markets and client sectors according to global economic situations and developments, design and proposal of the international yearly plan of activities and events, organisation of group participation in international fairs, delegation to international markets visiting potential clients, setting up of B2B events (local and international), carrying out of tailor made agendas, reception and channelling of RFQ and cooperation possibilities…

DIRECT ADVISORY SERVICES, PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

Advisory services within the area of Foreign Trade, but also Marketing, Commercial services, Consultancy, access to public support programmes of various sorts, HHRR, Finance…

Benchmarking: benchmarking actions in a cooperation environment. Group activities to study the most relevant foundries in third country markets in order to discuss, study, learn and implement improvements.

Environment program: Participation in commissions of CAEF, Minimization of sands in the processes: Sectorial White Book, Recycling of foundry sand in other industrial sectors, participation in the European work group of the IPPC, ISO 14.000, REACH law, Emissions Trading System (EU ETS)…

Quality program: certifications ISO 9000, ISO TS 16949, Evaluator of the EFQM model.

Occupational Health and Safety programme: design and implementation of safety systems based on UNE Standard 81900 EXP or OHSAS 18001, constant updating of health and safety legislation  through our web site, radiation monitoring protocol…

Training programme: training for workers in associated companies, vocational training for unemployed people (17 Promotions of the “intensive foundry course” (1000 hours length). 80% of the students have been employed by companies of the sector), diagnostics of training needs…

Commercial activities: Joint purchase of electrical energy between associates, Second-hand foundry equipment offers, information of raw materials prices updated monthly...

General activities: Surveys and studies; sectorial data of production, salaries, costs, etc., , monthly raw materials bulletin and quarterly technical bulletin, member of other professional bodies (Confebask, Confemetal, CEOE…), relation with other Sectorial bodies and administration…

FACILITATION OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN MEMBERS

THE CLUSTER creates awareness between the member companies in the importance of cooperation to reach international markets. Creation of specific work groups to create synergies and share experiences: WG to identify and communicate common needs, WG in specific areas (marketing, logistics…), WG for specific markets, WG to analyse situation of the sector (Iron group, Steel group, Non ferrous group)…

FACILITATION ON CROSS-SECTORIAL COOPERATION

Cooperation with other cluster organisations: The foundries supply to a great variety of sectors, with which we have had cooperation such as railway, agriculture, shipbuilding, steelworks....

Reaching out to complementary sectors: The reaching out the machining sector to create bonds between foundries and machining shops in order to facilitate a stronger collaboration between the two sectors and add value to the chain and product.

PROMOTION OF ACTIVITIES (marketing / visibility)

The cluster is in charge of creating the local foundry brand and actively works to give it visibility locally and globally: presence in the Social Platforms and Networks, newsletters, catalogues in 4 languages, videos, marketing courses for our member companies…

 

 

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
China
Japan
Mexico
United States
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 targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Finland
France
Germany
Netherlands
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
BASQUE CLUSTERS
OTHER BRANCH ASSOCIATIONS
CONTACTS WITH SEVERAL EUROPEAN CLUSTERS
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
Other

AFV has participated in many  European funded programs:

“SMART FOUNDRY”, “DIOUFUR” or “FOUNDENERGY”. In regard to education and training AFV has led two major LEONARDO DA VINCI European projects. AFV participated between Oct. 2008 and Sept. 2010 as a promoter of the European project E-DECOM “Learning system based on the NTIC for the development of the workers key competences in the Foundry sector (ES/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/149051)”. Between October 2010 and September 2012, the AFV participated as the promoter of the European project MAGISTER “Transfer of experience and knowledge in the familiar SME (2010-1ES-LEO05-20954)”.

AFV has just finished participating in one FP7 European project called “NIWE” and one LIFE European project under the acronym “FOUNDRYTILE”. Nowadays AFV is participating in one H2020 program called “S-PARCS, Envisioning and Testing New Models of Sustainable Energy Cooperation and Services in Industrial Parks” and one Erasmus + programme: “INNORESOLVE: PBL Trainning for managers to face the Foundry 4.0 challenges”.

Projects carried out during last 3 years:

 

EU-Programme

 

Year

 

Project Identification / contract number

Framework Programme 7 (FP7)

01/01/2013-31/10/2018

 

NIWE, New Induction Wireless Manufacturing Efficient Process for Energy (FP7-ENERGY-2011-2-296024 NIWE)

www.niweproject.eu

LIFE Environment and Resorce Efficiency project

03/09/2015-31/08/2018

FOUNDRYTILE, Valorization of iron foundry sands and dust in ceramic tile production process-LIFE14 ENV/ES/000252

www.foundrytile.eu

Horizon 2020 (H2020-EE-2017-CSA-PPI)

01/03/2018 – 28/02/2021

S-PARCS, Envisioning and Testing New Models of Sustainable Energy Cooperation and Services in Industrial Parks. H2020-EE-2017-15-16-18.

https://www.sparcs-h2020.eu/

Erasmus + Programme

01/09/2017 – 31/08/2019

INNORESOLVE. PBL Training for managers to face the Foundry 4.0 challenges. 2017-1-ES01-KA202-037932 http://innoresolve.ffeuskadi.net/es/inicio/

Erasmus + Programme

01/10/2019 -30/09/2020

CASTWOMAN:  Breaking stereotypes of women roles in foundry sector and awake their interest by Key Enabling Technologies from a gender inclusive perspective

2019: TARGET DACH - Promotion of International Cluster Organizations (Bizkaia province, Basque Country). Local programme to create awareness of the importance of the cooperation to access international markets. In this particular project our target are the DACH countries and the project is compiled by 10 companies in the foundry sector from the Bizkaia province. The aim is to, trough cooperation access the DACH region. Link:  http://www.bizkaia.eus/home2/Temas/DetalleTema.as[2?Tem_Codigo=9750&idio...

2014: NORDIC TARGET- Promotion of International Cluster organizations (Bizkaia province, Basque Country). A custom made project for foundries to promote the presence in the norrthern European countries. The project lasted for 2 years and during this time, 16 foundries came together to look for synergies in order to create a stronger and broader offer when targeting multinational northern clients.

AFV has participated in two national projects,  ADVICAST “Dispositivo de Visión Artificial para Inspección Final Robotizada de piezas de fundición de gran serie (ADVICAST)" and GALDAKETA 4.0, both in the framework of innovation.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

In 2013 the AFV received recognition for “Quality 2013” by the National Agency (Autonomous Body of European Educational Programs) under the Lifelong Learning Programme (PAP 2013). This project, led by AFV, was the only one recognized in the section of European Projects Leonardo Da Vinci, Transfer of Innovation: "MAGISTER, TRANSFER OF EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE FAMILIAR SMES".

With NORDIC TARGET, FUNDIGEX not only succeed in gathering an interesting part of the sector trhough the sharing of experience and information access the Scandinavian and Finnish market and increase their presence there, but also created real bonds between the companies in tearms of technology exchange and logistic issues etc.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The CLUSTER is an extremely active organisation in constant look for new instruments with which assist the sector.

We are aligned with the common European strategy in terms of the importance of cooperation to meet the different objectives. We currently represent more than 150 companies, of which 75 are located in the Basque Country; both foundries and foundry suppliers, giving us thus the possibility to represent the whole value chain.

There is much work to do in the foundry sector, being it absolutely essential to the European industry, although not accustomed to find itself in the front room. It is our task to enhance the importance of this industry to the economic development of the area.

Therefore, we are continuously promoting and setting up strategic groups and are collaborating narrowly both with other cluster organisations as with public entities. The companies in our association are used to connect with other companies, both local as international, to adapt to the continually and very quickly changing and evolving business environment.