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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 August, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Bucureşti - Ilfov
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Silver Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
biomastec Danube Network
Balkan&Black Sea Cluster Network
Danu4AgroIndustry
Meta-Network of Clusters in the Framework of ClusterPolisee Project
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Cornelia
Muraru Ionel
Cluster Manager
+40742226193
cornelia.muraru.ionel@gmail.com
Laurentiu-Constantin
Vladutoiu
Other
+40212693256
laurentiuvladutoiu82@gmail.com
Vergil-Marian
Muraru
ECCP Responsible Person
+40744357250
virgil.muraru@gmail.com
Christu-Ioan
Ganea
Other
+40212693255
ganea007@yahoo.com
Sebastian-Lucian
Muraru
Internationalisation Responsible
+40740003833
sebi_muraru@yahoo.com
Cristina-Virginia
Carcel
Other
+40212693256
carcel@inma.ro
Languages spoken: 
English
Romanian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Agricultural Inputs and Services
Education and Knowledge Creation
Technology fields: 
Agriculture Machinery / Technology
Food Processing
S3 EU priority areas: 
Crop & animal production, hunting &related service activities
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Bio-economy
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
95
Number of SME members: 
49
Number of larger company members: 
6
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
24
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
16
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
INMA-The National Institute of R-D for Technical Equipment designed to Agriculture and Food Industry
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The mission of competitiveness Pole IND-AGRO-POL is to stimulate the innovation and collaboration in the sector of technical equipments construction for agriculture and food industry and in related sectors (Bioeconomy, renewable energy, environment and climate changes, eco-technologies and advanced materials, information technology and communications), in order to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainable development of these sectors, of regional development and inteligent growth, sustainable and favorble to social inclusion.

Objectives of competitiveness pole:

- Harmonization and representation of all members;

- Creating and commercialization of innovative products and services in the field of machines and equipments for agriculture and food industry and also in related fields;

- Increasing the competitiveness of branch by tangible and intangible investments, financed from own resources or from national or European Community funds;

- Creating conditions to ensure sustainable development of the regions from the geographical area of IND-AGRO-POL;

- Creating the regional clusters as regional pillars of IND-AGRO-POL. The first one (Indagro Vest cluster) was created in 2013;

- Identifing the opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration between IND-AGRO-POL members and also between another Romanian, European and international clusters. One useful tool on this way is the "Competence mapping" methodology developed by Lower Austria. This tool was already applied in INMA (member of IND-AGRO-POL) as a pilot action.

The main economic sector:

-  Manufacture of technical equipments for agriculture and food industry

Related economic sectors:

- Bio-economy;

- Renewable energy;

- Environment and climate changes;

- Eco-technologies and advanced materials;

- Information technology and communications.

For each economic sector activities are carried out and specific services are provided by a team of specialists having an extensive and demonstrated experience in field provided.

The headquarter of IND-AGRO-POL Association (cluster organization) is in Bucharest, Romania, at the INMA headquarter. IND-AGRO-POL Association has 4 offices in Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi and Calarasi for better regional coverage and closed collaboration for all members.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of knowledge transfer
Details of support services: 

1. Cooperation:

- Implementing and monitoring of IND-AGRO-POL development strategy;

- Initiation and development of actions and common projects between business environment, RDI environment, authorities and catalytic entities, including the cross-sectoral ones;

- Establishment of common databases and know-how, with the corresponding protection of intellectual property;

- Optimization of non - technological resources, common acquisitions, common processes.

2. RDI:

- Initiation and development of joint RDI projects, including the inter-disciplinary ones;

- Development of joint innovative prototypes and products;

- Optimization of technological processes;

- Developing innovative business of common interest.

3. Training / Vocational human resources:

- Identification of common necessary in training and human resources forming;

- Organization of information and training seminars, training courses of human resources;

- Elaboration of proposals for adapting the university curriculum and of the pre and postgraduate, accordingly to specialized human resource needs of the competitiveness pole;

- Supporting jointly of doctoral and postdoctoral programs from the field of activity of the competitiveness pole.

4. Marketing and PR:

- PR and common communication, common website, common newsletters;

- Editing of publications of common interest;

- Joint organization of regional events, national and international;

- Development of common databases;

- Organization of participation jointly in the regional fairs, national and international;

- Organizing joint campaigns for attracting of young professionals.

5. Networking and Internationalization:

- Organization of events, study visits, exchanges of experience, brokerages, company missions, economical missions in the the common interest of members;

- Collaboration with other poles competitiveness / clusters of the country and abroad in order to achieve of strategic partnerships.

6. Transfer of knowledge:

- Common Market Studies;

- Technological audits, of diagnosis and prognosis;

- Organization of technology brokerages;

- Development of start-ups and spin-offs, appropriate to development necessary of competitiveness pole.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Turkey
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: 
Austria
Croatia
Germany
Hungary
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

The IND-AGRO-POL competitiveness pole management team participated at the specific c2c matchmaking events organised by the European Commission:

- SME Internationalization through Clusters - Cluster Matchmaking Event organized in La Louviere – Belgium, on 17.02-19.02.2014;

- SME Internationalization through Clusters - Cluster Matchmaking Event organized in Seville and Merida – Spain, on 3-4.04.2014;

- Cluster Matchmaking Event on agro-food manufacturing value-chain in EUROMED countries, organized in Milan - Italy, on 6-7.05.2015;

- EU-U.S. CLUSTER COOPERATION SEMINAR & MATCH-MAKING EVENT, organized in Hannover - Germany, on 25-26.04.2016.

During these events the cluster management team had a lot of meetings in the name of cluster members and identified a lot of potential collaborations, some of them finalized by joint projects and events.

In the context of Enterprise Europe Network, the cluster organization and the members of IND-AGRO-POL competitiveness pole participated at the specific company missions and trans-national b2b/ c2c events: Finland-Romania-Poland company mission, organised in Jyväskylä, Finland on 06.10.2016; trans-national company mission, organised in Galati on 05.10.2016; Romania-Italy company mission, organised in Bucharest on 15.06.2016; UK-Romania company mission, organized in Bucharest, Romania, on 1-2.03.2016; Romania-Bulgaria company mission on environmental technologies for agro-industry, organized in Ruse, Bulgaria, on 25.11.2015; Italy-Romania b2b event organized in Bucharest, Romania, on 19-20.11.2015; Bulgaria-Spain-Turkey-Taiwan-New Zeeland-Romania company mission on agro-industry, organized in Bucharest, Romania, on 30.10.2015; "Days of clusters" brokerage event, organized in Brasov, Romania, on 22-23.10.2015 (meetings with organization from Germany, Denmark, Cyprus, Italy, Serbia, Albania); Brokerage event organized during the International Conference of Clusters, in Iasi, Romania, on 23.09.2015; Romania-Italy company mission, organised in Bucharest and Iasi, Romania, on 22-23.06.2015; France-Romania company mission, organized in Lyon, France, on 17.05.2015.

Most of these meetings were finalised with Business or Research partnership agreements.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
FEMAC Cluster, Spain
BalticNet-PlasmaTec, Germany
Agricultural Equipment Cluster Ltd, Croatia
Kincses Bácska Agro-Food Cluster, Hungary
Pannon Business Network Association (PBN) Cluster, Hungary
AGRO CLUSTER HOMOLJE cluster, Serbia
Scientific and technological cluster in ecology and intensive agriculture, Moldavia
Asociación para la mejora competitiva del Cluster Agroindustrial, Spain
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

"Promotion of RO3 SMEs through Enterprise Europe Network — PROSME" (COSME)

"PROSME - Improving RO3 SMEs management of innovation — PROSME-INN" (HORIZON 2020)

"New Models of Innovation for Strategic Cluster Partnerships - CLUSTERIX 2.0" (INTERREG EUROPE)

"Network and web platform to improve the public awareness on environmental management and protection in the cross border area Giurgiu – Rousse and adjacent cross border areas - AEMPROBG" (Romania-Bugaria Cross-Border Programme)

"Clusters for European Innovation Cross-Linking - CLUSTERIX" (INTEREG IV C)

The cluster members collaborate in joint projects funded by:

- COSME EU programme;

- HORIZON 2020 EU Programme;

- INTERREG EUROPE;

- RDI National Plan 2015-2020

- "Competitiveness Operational Programme", 2014-2020.

Also, the cluster members collaborate in joint projects funded by:

- RDI National Plan, 2007-2013

- "Increasing of Economic Competitiveness" Sectoral Operational Programme, 2007-2013

- "Human Resorces Development" Sectoral Operational Programme, 2007-2013

- INTERREG IV C

- "Romania - Bulgaria Cross border cooperation programme", 2007-2013.

Relevant Project References: 
Members of IND-AGRO-POL cluster management team participate as experts in CLUSTERIXD 2.0 project financed by INTEREG EUROPE Programme (2016-2020). Ecoplus, Austria is the coordinator of a consortium of 8 EU countries, including Romania.
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

In the framework of CLUSTERIX project, IND-AGRO-POL experts ellaborated in 2014 the Romanian Regional Implementation Plan (under profesional coordination of ecoplus Austria), focused on cluster policies in Romania in order to foster cross-sector collaboration, with the following objectives: Increasing the innovation capacity and competitiveness at national and regional level; Improvement and strategic re-orientation of regional cluster policies towards smart specialisation; Development/improvement of tools helping the identification of existing and new technological developments and trends at an early stage with a high potential for boosting the regional economic growth; Support to the identification of strategic partner regions in Europe (-> Smart Specialization:  Connectivity). This Regional Implementation Plan was transfered to the Romanin Ministry of Economy which is responsable for Cluster policy in Romania.

Also, IND-AGRO-POL was selected by CLSUTERIX team as a best practice and was included in the "Clusterix Manual of Best Practices" (http://www.ecoplus.at/sites/default/files/ClusteriX-Manual-of-Good-Pract...) pag. 72-72. This Best Practice deals with the main generation of the national pole of competitiveness in the field of agricultural machinery cross cutting value chains in agriculture, food industry, agricultural tractors and machineries industry, biotechnologies and mechatronics.

Three success factors can be traced back: implication of the pole driver, INMA and the existing collaboration between INMA and all members of the pole; mobilization ONLY of the most relevant actors in the field, from 8 all Romanian development regions; optimum use of resources and know how (specific know how in the sector, management, external consultancy).

The lessons learnt from CLUSTERIX project were applied in the IND-AGRO-POL activities.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

IND-AGRO-POL seeks to engage in cooperation with international groups and networks of clusters in the same field of activity and in related fields to explore common visions and seek partnerships at cluster and network organisations level.

More specifically, IND-AGRO-POL is interested to strengthen international RDI cooperation in the field of agro-industry, bio-economy, renewable energy, environment and climate changes, eco-technologies and advanced materials, information technology and communications, as it is currently in the process of developing: new types of technological equipment for agriculture in the context of medium and big surfaces and drought; new  technologies for food industry (such as: conditioning, processing, stocking and storing primary agricultural products); bio-economy; renewable energies (biogas, biomass, vegetal oils used as biofuels); new recirculating acvacole systems integrated with environmental impact assessment; systems adapted to the precision agriculture concept.

IND-AGRO-POL expresses its interest to be part in any kind of partnerships in the aim to support the development of new technologies, products and services in the field of agro-industry and related sectors.

Another objective of IND-AGRO-POL cluster organization is to act as a catalyst for its members, SMEs, research institutes and universities to help them engage in collaborative projects.

IND-AGRO-POL is interested to identify partners, to create partnerships and to collaborate within the European RDI projects, in its field of competences described above, especially in the followings:

  • Industry 4.0;
  • Interaction of the agriculture technologies - smart technical equipment – advanced manufacturing and processing   - environment in the context of climate changes;
  • Advanced systems and technologies for precision farming in the context of sustainable agriculture;
  • Mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of the processes and phenomena related to technologies of agricultural works for improvement, optimization and environmentally-friendly;
  • Virtual testing of technologies and technical equipment designed to agriculture and food industry;
  • Advanced packaging - Obtaining foils for agriculture and food industry from renewable raw materials based on starch;
  • Renewable energy (especially biomass, biogas, energetic crops);
  • Eco-innovation;
  • Open innovation 2.0;
  • Energy efficiency in manufacturing processes;
  • Cluster development and cross-cutting collaboration: agro-industry, food processing, environment and climate changes, eco-technologies and advanced materials, biotechnologies, information technology and communications;
  • Cluster evaluation systems and mechanisms;
  • Internationalization of the cluster’s members;
  • Innovation, technological transfer, support for start-ups and spin-offs;
  • LCA;
  • Training and skills qualification;
  • Assessment and certification of the professional skills.

The RDI results of IND-AGRO-POL members were published in famous scientific journals, including journals with ISI quotation, and also are obtained several international prizes at the most important EU salons/fairs (ex. International Invention Salon– Geneve, Switzeland; i-ENA Nuremberg, Germany; Brussels INNOVA Salon – The world exhibition of inventions, research and new technologies; etc).