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Furniture & Timber Construction Cluster @Business Upper Austria - OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Saturday, 1 January, 2000
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Oberösterreich
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
proHolz
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Gaffal
Erich
Cluster Manager
+43 732 79810-5131
erich.gaffal@biz-up.at
Hölzl
Stephan
Project Manager
+43 732 79810-5134
stephan.hoelzl@biz-up.at
Gruber
Gabriel
Project Manager
+43 732 79810-5132
gabriel.gruber@biz-up.at
Preinfalk
Kathrin
Other
+43 732 79810-5137
kathrin.preinfalk@biz-up.at
Smith
Laura
Cluster Manager
+43 732 79810-5139
laura.smith@biz-up.at
Estermann
Anna
Other
+43 732 79810-5135
anna.estermann@biz-up.at
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Forestry
Furniture
Technology fields: 
Wood Products
Materials, components and systems for construction
S3 EU priority areas: 
Construction of buildings
Furniture
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
244
Number of SME members: 
224
Number of larger company members: 
20
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
17
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
EWE Küchengesellschaft m.b.H.
Larger Company
Joka GmbH
Larger Company
Wiehag GmbH
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The Furniture and Timber Construction Cluster (MHC) is a cross-industry network that increases the companies' innovative potential and competetiveness. The MHC works in the furniture and timber construction sectors and is also active in these sectors' networks of suppliers and specialist providers, training institutions and research facilities.

The challenges in the furniture and timber construction are constantly increasing, and only those who meet them head-on will be in a position to successfully shape the future. Together with you, the Furniture and Timber Construction Cluster (MHC) introduces new ideas to make your company fit for tomorrow with tailored processes. Take advantage of the opportunities and synergies that our knowledge and cooperation network offers.

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
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of knowledge transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Putting innovative ideas into practice together

Progress is generated by cooperation with the right promotional instruments. With us, over 85 projects with a total of 290 partners have already been successfully completed.

Creating tailored access to new markets.

Internationalisation offers great opportunities for the future. We are happy to help you open up new business fields.

Boosting your strengths with knowledge transfer.

Take advantage of the expertise we have built up direct from the branch. This will ensure that you always keep pace with the latest trends and technologies. 325 events with 12,500 participants speak for themselves.

Increasing your visibility and market presence.

We do this for you with continuous public relations work, appearances at trade fairs and media cooperation.

Giving you a personal information advantage.

This could be through databases, personal consultancy or branch-specific informative media. Your advantage is only ever a discussion or a click away.

In addition to all the advantages as a Cluster partner, you also have the full range of services provided by Business Upper Austria at your disposal (e.g. support finding your business location, dealing with authorities, applying for European funding, legal advice on intellectual property, etc.). Find out more on the Business Upper Austria website ( http://www.biz-up.at/en/ )

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Croatia
France
Germany
Italy
Slovenia
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Lifestyle and Design Cluster Danmark
Forst- und Holzcluster Bayern
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLink
INTERREG

Moveco: Mobilising Institutional Learning for Better Exploitation of Research and Innovation for the Circular Economy 

DesAlps: Design thinking for Smart Innovation eco-system in Alpine Space 

ENTER-transfer: Advancement of the economic and social innovation through the creation of the environment enabling business succession 

Promotion
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

MHC is a neutral and well experienced networking platform with more than 240 partner companies. MHC is well experienced in international funding projects.