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Leather Cluster Barcelona

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Saturday, 1 September, 2018
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Cataluña
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Jordi
Vidal
Cluster Manager
+34 609 34 08 95
jvidal@leatherbarcelona.com
Male
Languages spoken: 
Catalan
English
Portuguese
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Leather and Related Products
Technology fields: 
Tanned leather process/ Leather Technology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Cleaner environment & efficient energy networks (e.g. smart grids)
Textiles, wearing apparel & leather& related products
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Environmental Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Fashion,Sustainability,Research and Innovation,University education
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
46
Number of SME members: 
46
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Increasing the competitiveness of companies in the value chain of the leather sector The Leather Cluster Barcelona is a private and non-profit association that represents the interests of the companies and agents in the leather industry in Catalonia. The Leather Cluster Barcelona has the mission to join, coordinate and stimulate efforts for all companies and agents in the value chain of the leather sector in Catalonia, in order to increase their competitiveness, improve their efficiency and promote growth of the joint business. Boosting synergies and promoting business, training and business collaboration between companies, research and knowledge centers and other agents in the leather sector is one of the key objectives of the Leather Cluster Barcelona.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Direct advisory services
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
China
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
Italy
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Leather University: University center specialized in leather: engineering, master’s and doctorate Since 1958 the cluster has had a specialized leather university center and an international benchmark in the sector that has trained students from 42 countries. Students of the Leather University have become experts in leather, and have developed professional careers in Quality, R&D, Purchase and Production departments of companies related to leather sector from all around the world, such as tanneries, chemicals and manufacturers of leather goods and accessories. The new Campus of 6.000 square meters right by the A3 Leather Innovation building, allows to develop integral and very specific training in leather studies: Engineering Degree, a Master’s Degree in Leather Engineering and a Postgraduate Course in Tanning Techniques. The Leather University has an index of employment of 90% of students. It is an outstanding University in the world, as students undertake their higher studies in leather in a unique work environment: they can develop their professional capacity in permanent contact with all other protagonists related to leather which are part of the Cluster: tanning companies, treatment plant, the R&D Center at the A3 Leather Innovation Center, leather museums and other industries in the chain of value of the leather sector.