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Galician Automotive Cluster (CEAGA)

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 23 April, 1997
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Galicia
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
Innovative Business Grouping (AEI)
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Cluster Excellence Expert Group (CEEG)
Spanish Federation of Clusters (FENAEIC)
ACREA alliance
Network of Galician excellent clusters (Clusters de Galicia)
Clusters Galicia 4.0 alliance
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Alberto
Cominges
Cluster Manager
+34 986 213 790
alberto.cominges@ceaga.com
Male
Patricia
Solá
Internationalisation Responsible
+34 986 213 790
patricia.sola@ceaga.com
Female
Borja
Dapena
Project Manager
+34 986 213 790
borja.dapena@ceaga.com
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Automotive
Technology fields: 
Body and main parts
Interior equipment
S3 EU priority areas: 
Automated driverless vehicles
Motor vehicles & other transport equipments
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Logistical Services
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Auto parts manufacture (mainly plastic or metal). Service providers: logistic and transport; industrial supply; machinery and capital goods; die-stamping and tools; industrial processes; maintenance and services; technological centres; engineering, others
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
157
Number of SME members: 
135
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
29
Number of larger company members: 
20
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
41
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Business Factory Auto
Accelerator
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The CEAGA’s vision is to position the Galician Automotive Sector as a Global Leader in terms of competitiveness and sustainability in a 2025 time horizon, thus contributing to the progress and quality of life of its environment. To reach this goal, the Galician Automotive Cluster Foundation (CEAGA) promotes high-impact cooperative projects, which benefit the Galician Automotive Sector as a whole, thus improving aspects such as:

  • Competitiveness in terms of quality and cost
  • Flexibility when adapting to changes in the market
  • Innovation and technological capacity
  • Development of the industrial framework and economy
  • Sectorial cooperation
  • Integral development of individuals
  • Commitment to the region
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)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Algeria
Iran
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
Portugal
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Galician clusters in general, initiative fostered by the Galician Institute of Economic Development (IGAPE).
Network of Galician excellent clusters (Clusters de Galicia)
Clusters Galicia 4.0 alliance
ACREA members
FENAEIC members
Cluster de Movilidad y logística de Euskadi (under the framework of a European project called "Co-gistics")
CEEG members
EACN (European Automotive Cluster Network)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG
Other
  • eBRIDGE “Empowering e-fleets for business and private purposes in cities”: funded under the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (IEE) and operative since March 2013, this project aims to demonstrate that the introduction of electric vehicles in captive fleets for corporate and private usage in cities can help overcome barriers and efficiently contribute to improving market conditions for the electric mobility sector. CEAGA participates, together with 13 companies and institutions from 6 EU countries, in this project and its role is transferring electric vehicles to its member companies and monitoring their use. 
  • CO-GISTICS "Cooperative Logistics for sustainable mobility": 31 entities all over Europe collaborate with CEAGA in this project, co-funded under the CIP ICT PSP work programme 2013. The main objective is improving the efficiency of the goods transport in different areas, implementing the already existing technologies in the different pilot experiences simultaneously carried out in 6 European cities (Trieste, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Vigo, Thessaloniki and Frankfurt). 
  • AEOLIX (Architecture for EurOpean Logistics Information eXchange):The AEOLIX project will develop a digital ecosystem to better manage, plan and synchronise freight and logistics operations across Europe. By enabling low complexity and low cost connectivity of local ICT platforms and systems and thereby scalable, trusted and secure exchange of information, AEOLIX will improve the overall competitiveness of goods transport in the supply chain, while simultaneously targeting sustainability from environmental, economic and social perspectives.
  • Support programme to Innovative Business Groupings (at national level)
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

GROUPED NEGOTIATION OF ELECTRICITY

  • Launched in 2003 with 6 companies.
  • 100 plants currently participating (57 in high voltage and 43 in low voltage).
  • A volume of 140 GWh, representing a €15 Million turnover per year is negotiated.
  • Advice on and optimization of the electric supply contracting parameters, information on regulatory changes in the electric market, periodic control of invoices

LEAN EXPERTS DEVELOPMENT PLAN

  • Launched in 2009 to improve the competences of the Lean coordinators coming from the participating plants.
  • Four levels: Initiation, Junior, Senior and Expert.
  • 283 Lean Managers from 38 companies trained.
  • 188 “Learning by doing” sessions performed in plant.
  • 236 Lean projects successfully developed and audited.
  • Own programme with CEAGA’s copyright.

BUSINESS FACTORY AUTO (BFA)

  • Project started in 2016, promoted by the Galician Government, the Free Trade Zone Consortium of Vigo, Groupe PSA and CEAGA.
  • Objective: to identify, accelerate and consolidate specialized automotive projects and transform them into viable and scalable innovative companies that attract and retain talent.
  • Support to entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
  • Two programmes: acceleration (for newly created companies) and consolidation (for more mature companies).
  • 35 participating companies in three editions.

TRAINING IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

  • Programme 100% developed by CEAGA and faculty almost entirely made of active professionals from the Sector.
  • Execution of real product/process development projects proposed by companies of the Sector.
  • The “Management and Development of New Products” programme was awarded with the “Excellence in Practice Award” from the prestigious organization European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).
  • In 2017, the Program was readjusted and renamed Automotive Project Manager (PMA).
  • 141 innovation technicians from 47 companies trained.
  • 30 cooperative innovation projects developed.

AUTOMOTIVE PILOT 4.0

  • 29 SMEs participating, wich are representative of the entire Galician automotive value chain.
  • Objective: to promote the transition of Galician automotive companies to the "Factory of the Future" through the investment in Industry 4.0 technologies and the dissemination of experiences and results among other companies in the Sector.
  • Total investment of near 6 million euros, with an average investment of 268,000 euros per company.
  • Investments cover a wide range of technologies: automation, machine to machine intercommunication, collaborative robotics, digitalization, sensor systems, Internet of Things, etc.

COMPETITIVENESS OBSERVATORY / BENCHMANAGER PROJECT

  • 15 editions.
  • 22 participating companies.
  • Comparison of the current situation and the evolution of the company with the rest of the Cluster members, to identify improvement areas.
  • Tool for monitoring the evolution of Sector competitiveness.
  • Interest from international clusters.
  • Complemented with visits to share good practices among participating companies.

EVENTS TO PRESENT GALICIAN SUPPLIERS

  • Project launched in 2015 with the aim of promoting the production and technological capacities of CEAGA SMEs.
  • The project consists of putting big companies in contact with small ones, within the Cluster, to promote the intracluster commercial relations.
  • Three events organized in the plastic, metal and capital goods areas.
  • 48 different companies have participated in this initiative.
  • Possible organization of similar events in the future, focused on other areas like logistics.

TEAM LEADER LEAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

  • Project launched in 2015 to develop the Team Leader, key figure in the Lean deployment.
  • Methodology focused on obtaining continuous improvement tools and developing personal skills for their application.
  • The interaction with professionals from other companies and the visit to the car manufacturer contribute to reinforce motivation, global vision and sense of belonging of participants.
  • At the end of the training programme, professionals will have the skills required for managing, getting involved and motivating their team.
  • 12 groups in 10 editions. More than 140 professionals from 29 companies trained.

VIRTUAL CLUSTER CAR

  • Sector’s promotional tool in augmented reality, available as an App and downloadable from any Smartphone or Tablet.
  • Project initiated in 2017 to support the internationalization of Galician automotive suppliers, with special attention to SMEs.
  • Available to companies, at their business meetings, and to CEAGA/CTAG, as part of the multiple visits they receive annually.
  • It allows to show the most representative products/services of the companies in 3D.
  • 100% of automotive suppliers in Galicia are represented, including companies in the auxiliary industry. Currently there are about 60 products in 3D.
  • Its dissemination is planned with purchasing managers of the main vehicle manufacturers and first level suppliers.
Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Other automotive clusters (or organizations involved in related industries such as mobility, transport, etc.), with experience/knowledge in the following areas:

  • Leadership and culture
  • International expansion and business development
  • Product development
  • People
  • Competitiveness and manufacturing excellence
  • Competitiveness and logistic excellence
  • Competitiveness and purchasing excellence
  • Opened innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability and life cycle
  • Communication and sectorial networking