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Engineering Cluster of the Canary Islands

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 28 November, 2008
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Canarias
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionEmail
Antonio
Lecuona
Cluster Manager
gerente@clusteringenieria.com
Languages spoken: 
English
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Construction Products and Services
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Technology fields: 
Electronic engineering
Broadband Technologies
S3 EU priority areas: 
Specialised construction activities
Intelligent inter-modal & sustainable urban areas (e.g. smart cities)
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Logistical Services
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
40
Number of SME members: 
27
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
5
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
6
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The main objective is to create in the Canary Islands a common space to facilitate collaboration and resource sharing among professionals, companies, training centers, institutes and public and private research centers , associations and professional organizations and public agents, to form an interactive system, comprehensive and multidisciplinary, to achieve competitive success of its members through a series of actions and measures to ...

  • develop and implement joint and more ambitious projects,
  • to value human capital related to engineering,
  • obtain a critical mass to improve competitiveness and international visibility
  • generate new business models based on the ability to design and develop products and services through multidisciplinary engineering teams connected with the needs and capabilities of joint groups of innovative companies that have a clear focus of regionalization, internationalization and specialization.
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)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Direct advisory services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Details of support services: 

http://www.clusteringenieria.com/es/Servicios%20internos.html

Services are generally offered at no cost to partners :

  1.         Dissemination and advertising
    1.        Attendance at events and promotion of members of national and international Cluster
    2.       Sales representatives in events
  2.        Sector Information
    1.       General Monthly Bulletin sector
    2.       Monthly Bulletin sector Internationalization
    3.       Other interesting information
  3.        Conventions     
  4.        Advisory
  5.        Public and private financing
  6.        Internationalization
  7.        Innovation
  8.       Systems ISO quality
  9.       Organic Law on Data Protection
  10.       Occupational Health and Safety
  11.        Access to European programs
  12.        Fund Virtual Investment (FIV)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Israel
Mexico
Morocco
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: 
France
Germany
Greece
Italy
Portugal
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
cluster de construccion sostenible
RICAM
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Name & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)

Spanish Ministry of Industry

Agencia Canaria de Investigación, Innovación y SI

Cabildo de Tenerife

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The project will provide ClustArs Bronze Seal of Excellence awarded by the European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis (ESCA) and is recognition of its good management. The consortium of the European project "Achieving Management Excellence Cluster" (ClustArs), led by the Instituto Tecnologico de Canarias (ITC).

In the field interviews to obtain the seal must propose a number of success stories that were published in a European platform for Clusters and will have some spread internationally.

Some of these cases are mentioned:

Success story No. 1: Development of an innovative product: HFDVL modem

The HFDVL modem is an innovative MMCICOM (*) development based on state of the art communications research fields: such as Software Designed Radio and cognitive radio, and Conforms to MMCICOM pillar of internationalization strategy. The HFDVL is a digital voice and data communications modem, thats runs Along With generic HF, UHF or VHF radios. The digital voice modem Allows Communication with a similar quality to mobile communications, Which is way ahead of Its analog counterpart. The modem to send digital Also Allows information: such as SMS, files, emails and Establishing CHAT communications over a standard 3 kHz SSB (Single Sideband) at higher speeds than comparable competitors modems.

The modem strengths are based on four aspects:

  • Features: Digital voice communications with mobile phone quality, SMS, CHAT conversation, emails and file transfer.
  • Reuse of Existing equipment: allow to use Existing communications equipment, turning radius obsolete analogic communications systems in state of the art digital systems, Which is Particularly attractive, the investment required by Given These communications systems.
  • Ubiquity: The HFDVL networking capability Provides full remote control as well as voice and data transport over IP to a remote modem. Location of the transmission source Becomes independent.
  • Reduces the Necessary equipment: The ubiquity you reduce the number of terrestrial stations required, since it is possible to use a single wireless station from any location.

To carry out this project it was Necessary to add the combined Efforts of various technology partners Within the Cluster members with a high specialization in Their respective fields.

MMCICOM Currently has developed Several product lines based upon the HFDVL modem, the first one is oriented to the military sector, second product line under development is focused civil on air communication, there are Several more product lines That are currently are in the feasibility assessment phase .

The first HFDVL product line is the military:

MMCICOM led the project "Development, Implementation and prototyping of a Spanish HF waveform for transmitting digital voice and data in the field of defense (MDEF-HFDVL)" for the Ministry of Defense of Spain, with the participation of the following research centers; Idetic (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ULPGC) and GAPS (Polytechnic University of Madrid, UPM). The project successfully finished the development phase in December 2013 and the Ministry of Defense of Spain has deployed Currently Several prototypes and is conducting the product evaluation.

Over the previous development, the Peruvian Ministry of Defense has Requested the installation of thre prototypes (a land communications station, a plane and a helicopter) to ASSESS Their performance. The prototypes are Already in Peru and the evaluation test scenario is in the design development stage.

Contacted Navantia MMCICOM to Inquire about an operational product demonstration to Evaluate the incorporation HFDVL to some models of Their military branch, the scenario currently are to perform the operational demonstration is under study.

About this same development line, an engineering company based in Madrid With offices in Mexico, BCB Computer Science and Control, internationalization Their Initiatives Within Business Opportunities detected for the HFDVL modem in Mexico and Requested authorization to begin commercial activities.

Due to the Peruvian Conversations with Defense Ministry MMCICOM Identified a business opportunity in the remote management of equipment deployed in difficult access areas, and for esta, an application is being developed.

The second product line modem based in the HFDVL is oriented towards civil air navigation, This product line Arises due to the interest Expressed by AENA in Earlier project phases.

For This Project Implementation the cooperation of various entities is required, MMCICOM and ITER (*) are the main project partners, with the collaboration of Idetic (ULPGC) (*) and GAPS (UPM) as outsourced entities, AENA and the Ministry of Defence Takes part of Spain as collaborating entities with economic interests. . This project is under development Currently In Accordance With The planning stablished in a research and development project funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) (*) Cluster Members:  

(**) Other

Success story No. 2: INNOVATIVE RENEWABLE SUSTAINABLE POWER (RISP).

MEDANO ENGINEERS SL is a multifunctional company of highly experienced engineers and professionals with a common passion: Energy Generation. Their expertise in renewable energies entailed ENGINEERS MEDANO to start a new project During ITS INNOVATIVE RENEWABLE named internationalization strategy SUSTAINABLE POWER (RISP). RISP mission is to Provide reliable and suitable equipment and systems for people to produce energy and to Their Own Contribute to energy self-sufficiency. RISP offers a range of solutions and is working on new systems for the transition to the Distributed Energy Generation That will be the basis of the Smart Power Generation. RISP is located in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The range of products has-been developed under strong winds in Canary Islands. RISP is specialized in intelligent small wind turbines, in particularly in Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine Vertical Axis RISP 2kW and RISP 2kW Wind Turbine, Which Have Been designed and are produced by RISP. The intelligent small wind turbines are designed to deliver maximum efficiency at wind velocities The most common locations at adequate wind resource With moderate. RISP considers essential to Work With Institutions and other entities of the Cluster, as for example the Department of Fundamental Physics Experimental Electronica and Systems of the University of La Laguna. Specifically the collaboration has-been established to Jointly Develop parts of the small wind turbines.  

As well, works closely RISP With the Cluster of Engineering of the Canary Islands for new projects and is Involved in the process of internationalization. The Cluster supported RISP ITS project to present at the event "Africagua" Which Took place in Fuerteventura in November 2013 to broaden horizons to Africa.

In Addition, RISP offers other renewables energies as desalination equipment's plants, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic ... RISP adjust ITS products to customer requirements, and any of Its products can be selected individually, as well as combined.  

Specialized in renewable energy products: such as photovoltaic, solar thermal and small wind, the company noticed the lack of certification of quality and reliability of These products.

In view of the above, the company Decided to start up another project: the CANARY ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL TEST SITE for renewable energies. This project AIMS to Attract foreign companies to the Canary Islands to offer certification services to the international standards ACCORDING IEC 61400-2 for small and medium wind turbines. Certification Involves the reliability of the product to Demonstrate key aspects: such as power curve, noise level and duration of the product. This project, called CANARY ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL TEST SITE, is essential for Both Producers and Consumers of small and medium wind turbines.  

The location of the CANARY ISLANDS INTERNATIONAL TEST SITE, Which requires high-speed wind, is in the south of the island of Tenerife, in Granadilla de Abona. The area Chosen for the test site have constant winds THROUGHOUT the year, THUS it offers a unique service to the industry of small and medium wind.

For more information: http://www.61400-2.com/

Success story No. 3: Developing of a joint internationalization strategy for five Energy Clusters of Spain

This project was developed Between 2012 and 2013 With the participation of five clusters from four different regions of Spain That 350 different companies grouped in the industry:

The main objective of the project was to Establish a common internationalization strategy by Identifying target markets and conduct joint actions of internationalization. The purpose of the Plan is to Identify a range of Opportunities for international expansion, and is structured to the following methodology ACCORDING:

  • Analysis of the subsectors and activities of the companies interested in internationalization (products and services offered Preferred)
  • Analysis of the current situation of companies Involved in the project
  • Analysis of the overall interests and needs of internationalization
  • Analysis of the demand for products in country clubs Considered of interest / priority for companies in the Intercluster

The project's first phase was the development of the joint strategy to Establish target markets and country clubs With greater interest. In the second phase each Cluster Conducted a prospecting trip to a different country With the aim of Developing a report Identifying Opportunities and Recommendations. Were markets prospected Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Morocco and Mexico Establishing the last two country clubs as the priority for the future joint actions.

 

 

 

 

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