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COEXPHAL, ASOCIACIÓN DE ORGANIZACIONES DE PRODUCTORES DE FRUTAS Y HORTALIZAS DE ALMERÍA

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 June, 1977
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
over 30
Regions: 
Andalucía
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePosition
CYNTHIA
GIAGNOCAVO
Cluster Manager
DOLORES
GUILLÉN
Project Manager
Languages spoken: 
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Technology fields: 
Agriculture Machinery / Technology
Crop Production
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
88
Number of SME members: 
67
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
0
Number of larger company members: 
21
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
3
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
VICASOL SCA
Larger Company
UNICA GROUP SCA
SME
CASI SCA
Larger Company
INDASOL SAT
Larger Company
NATURE CHOICE SAT
SME
DUNAMAR SAT
SME
HORTAMAR SCA
SME
FUNDACIÓN CAJAMAR
Research Organisation
BIOCOLOR SL
SME
AGROCOLOR
Larger Company
PROYECTA INGENIO SL
SME
LABCOLOR. COEXPHAL
Research Organisation
HORTYFRUTA
Chair of Horticulture, Cooperative Studies and Sustainable Development at the University of Almería
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The mission is provide support services that streamline the management processes associated companies, so they can focus on their core business and represent and defend the interests of our partners in different forums: local, regional, national and European.

Objectives of the Association

* Promote the concentration.

* Encourage the use of biological control and respect for the environment.

* Ensure legal employment of labour and good labour practices.

* To improve rural hygiene and plant health.

* Development of Research and Technology Transfer

* Maintain fluid channels of communication with our partners.

* Add value to the products of our partners, exploiting new market opportunities.

* Promote the image of Almería through various marketing and promotional projects abroad.

* Improve marketing channels to increase the profitability of our farms.

* Promote and strengthen the development of organizations of interest to the sector (Hortyfruta, APROA …)

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.)
Direct advisory services
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of knowledge transfer
Details of support services: 
  • Coexphal is an important institution in the F&V sector of Almeria. Formed in 1977 to organize the export activities of farmers upon the opening up of EU markets, it has morphed into a central leader in commercial and research activities, as well as developing a broad portfolio of business, legal and training services for its 80 plus producer organization members. It represents 70% in Almeria exports and 65% in fruit and vegetable production as well as 67% in ornamental production of the region.

     

  • Coexphal has led the major changes that have occurred in the F&V sector in Almería, serving as an example of innovation management: improvements in marketing channels, search for new market opportunities, implementation of biological control, efficient resource use techniques, management education etc. It has promoted a continuous and sustainable development of the agricultural sector in the province, relying on seeking competitive advantage by improving quality of the products and social conditions and reducing environmental impacts.

     

  • The approximattely 50 employees of Coexphal come from departments providing a wide range of services and consulting to its members including: lifelong training for farmers, workers and field advisors (more than 100 training courses /year), marketing and external promotion, research and statistics, communications and press, insurance, human resources and immigration, risk prevention, a travel agency, and quality control, etc. In addition it has a laboratory dedicated to agricultural innovation, biological control and clinical analysis.

  • Coexphal is a Center of Research and Technology (C.I.T.) recognised by the Spanish authority and Office for the Transfer of Research Results (O.T.R.I.). The technical department is also coordinating the advisory services of COEXPHAL´s member cooperatives with more than 400 technicians providing support to the farmers.

     

  • Coexphal participates in, and promotes the participation of its associated members in, European, national and regional projects and initiatives.

     

  • Coexphal group is composed of several companies of the auxiliary industry to the horticultural sector whose purpose is the improvement of the competition of the important horticultural companies. These investee companies offer biological control services, engineering, crop certification, quality verification of fruit and vegetables received in the market, training.

     

  • Coexphal leads the sector Cluster, comprised of:  Coexphal and its related companies, Cajamar Cooperative Bank Foundation and Experimental Farm, and HISPATEC, a technology provider specialised in SME agri- solutions. Within Coexphal structure different positions are lead by PhD with different profiles and specializations (Agricultural Economics, Food Chemistry and Organisational Management).Some of them are linked to EU  groups and organisations (e.g.: SCAR SWG AKIS, EUVRIN, ARELFL, ERIAFF,...) .

 

     

      • Coexphal has an internal R+D team which meets with Coexphal´s associated members  to determine their research and innovation needs, i.e. farmer driven research agenda. At the same time, Coexphal try to find public funds for the support and promotion of R + D in the companies that establish it.

         

      • Coexphal funds a Chair of Horticulture, Cooperative Studies and Sustainable Development at the University of Almería, Spain, which acts as a bridge between academic research and the sector, allowing processes of co-creation and fluid exchange of knowledge and faster uptake of innovative technologies. As well, Cajamar funds the Chair of BioEconomy at the University of Almería.

      Cooperation Activities
      International Cooperation
      The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
      None
      Trans-national Cooperation
      The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
      France
      Italy
      Netherlands
      Romania
      Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
      ACAL
      HORTIESPAÑA
      APROA
      Support Programmes
      Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
      European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
      H2020
      CIP/COSME

      - Internet OF Food and Farm: IOF2020: Call H2020-IOT-2016.

      - NEFERTITI (Networking European Farms to Enhance Cross Fertilisation & Innovation Uptake through Demonstration). Call: RUR-12-2017, H2020. 

      • Internet OF Food and Farm: IOF2020: Call H2020-IOT-2016.

      The IoF2020 project is dedicated to accelerate adoption of IoT for securing sufficient, safe and healthy food and to strengthen competitiveness of farming and food chains in Europe. It will consolidate Europe’s leading position in the global IoT industry by fostering a symbiotic ecosystem of farmers, food industry, technology providers and research institutes.

       

      • NEFERTITI (Networking European Farms to Enhance Cross Fertilisation & Innovation Uptake through Demonstration). Call: RUR-12-2017, H2020. 

       

      NEFERTITI (Networking European Farms to Enhance Cross Fertilisation & Innovation Uptake through Demonstration) is a Network of 32 partners coordinated by ACTA. It establishes 10 interactive thematic networks and 45 regional clusters (hubs) of demo-farmers and actors (advisors, NGOs, industry, education, researchers and policy makers) in 17 countries. It focuses on creating added value from knowledge exchange between networks in order to boost innovation uptake and to improve peer to peer learning and network connectivity across Europe.