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Galician Automotive Cluster (CEAGA)

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General Information
Year Established: 
Wednesday, 23 April, 1997
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Galicia
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
Innovative Business Grouping (AEI)
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: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Alberto
Cominges
Cluster Manager
+34 986 213 790
alberto.cominges@ceaga.com
Patricia
Solá
Internationalisation Responsible
+34 986 213 790
patricia.sola@ceaga.com
Borja
Dapena
+34 986 213 790
borja.dapena@ceaga.com
Languages spoken: 
English
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Automotive
Technology fields: 
Body and main parts
Interior equipment
Road Vehicles
S3 EU priority areas: 
Automated driverless vehicles
Motor vehicles & other transport equipments
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Logistical Services
Mobility Technologies
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: 
115
Number of SME members: 
90
Number of larger company members: 
17
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
33
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 addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
China
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Japan
Mexico
Morocco
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 addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
France
Germany
Hungary
Portugal
Russian Federation
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
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.
  • 82 plants currently participating (51 in high voltage and 31 in low voltage).
  • A volume of 130 GWh, representing a €11.8 Million turnover per year is negotiated.
  • 12% of savings obtained on last negotiation.
  • 40% of accumulated savings obtained.
  • 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 in the participating plants.
  • Four levels: Initiation, Junior, Senior and Expert.
  • 219 Lean Managers from 27 companies trained.
  • 143 “Learning by doing” sessions performed in plant.
  • 204 Lean projects successfully developed and audited.
  • Own programme with CEAGA’s copyright.

“MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PRODUCTS” PROGRAMME

  • Programme developed 100% by CEAGA and faculty almost entirely made of active professionals from the Sector.
  • Contribution from MIT and consulting companies.
  • 125 innovation technicians trained from 45 companies trained.
  • 26 cooperative innovation projects developed.
  • This programme was awarded one of the five international awards from the prestigious organization “European Foundation for Management Development” (EFMD).

COMPETITIVENESS OBSERVATORY / BENCHMANAGER PROJECT

  • 13 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.
  • Supplemented with visits to share good practices among participating companies.

EVENTS TO PRESENT GALICIAN SUPPLIERS

  • Project launched in 2015 with the aim of promoting the productive 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 plastics, metal and capital goods area.
  • 48 different companies have participated in this initiative.
  • Possible organization of other similar events in the future, focus on other areas like logistics.

SHOWCASES FOR INNOVATIVE COMPANIES

  • Project launched in 2014 to support the marketing side of CEAGA companies.
  • It helps companies to promote their products and innovations in front of potential customers both inside and outside the Cluster.
  • 30 showcases with innovative automotive components and more than 500 parts displayed.
  • The three first encounters organized: with the Seat-VW Group Purchasing Division, with the General Directors from more than 100 companies belonging to the Cluster and with the PSA Group Purchasing Management.
  • Permanent showroom located at CEAGA facilities.

LEAN PLAN TO SUPPORT SMES

  • Started in 2012 to extend the Lean culture among all the companies in the value chain.
  • Leading firms in the Lean philosophy support the change in process of small and medium enterprises.
  • Support from consulting companies and prior diagnosis carried out in SMEs.
  • 20 participant companies.
  • Workshops deployed in each of the SMEs: 5S, standard work, structured problem solving, process mapping and visual management / daily Kaizen.

ROOM TO IDENTIFY OPORTUNITIES FOR COMPONENT SUPPLIERS

  • Showroom with 124 parts delivered to the PSA Group Centre of Vigo by long-distance suppliers.
  • Placed at the disposal of Cluster companies, so that they can analyze their capacity to produce them in the region.
  • Unique opportunity for the car manufacturer (in terms of reducing logistic costs) and for the Galician component manufacturers, especially in regard to new allocation of projects.
  • 83 representatives from 44 CEAGA companies have visited this room.

FIXED LINE AND MOBILE PHONE NEGOTIATION

  • Launched in 2005 with 24 companies.
  • 61 plants are currently participating in the land line negotiation and 68 plants in the mobile phone one.
  • More than 60% of accumulated savings in the latest negotiations.
  • CEAGA internal corporate calls between companies involved in the agreement are considered internal and are at no cost.
  • Innovative solutions are proposed in the new technologies area.

TEAM LEADER LEAN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

  • Project launched in 2015 to develop the Team Leader, the key figure in Lean deployment.
  • Programme designed for and by the Galician automotive industry, which represents one step forward in the cultural change promoted by the Cluster.
  • Methodology focused on obtaining continuous improvement tools and developing personal skills for their application.
  • Interaction with professionals from other companies and the visit to the car manufacturer contribute to reinforce motivation, global vision and a sense of belonging of the attendees.
  • After finishing the training programme, professionals will have the skills required for managing, getting involved and motivating their team.
Why partners should 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