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MESAP Innovation Cluster - Smart Products and Manufacturing

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 1 April, 2009
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Piemonte
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Paolo
Dondo
Project Manager
+39 011 5718216
p.dondo@advisor.mesap.it
Male
Gianluca
Melcarne
Other
+39 011 5718465
g.melcarne@advisor.mesap.it
Male
Alessia
Menduni
ECCP Responsible Person
+390115718485
a.menduni@mesap.it
Female
Francesca
Betti
Other
+39 011 5718462
segreteria@mesap.it
Female
Alfredo
Tafuri
Cluster Manager
+39 011 5718638
a.tafuri@advisor.mesap.it
Male
Serena
Zerbinati
ECCP Responsible Person
+39 011 5718603
s.zerbinati@mesap.it
Female
Fabrizio
Fallarini
Other
+39 011 5718603
finanza@mesap.it
Male
Marco
Mangiantini
Other
m.mangiantini@advisor.mesap.it
Male
Francesca
Marino
Other
+3 9011 5718225
f.marino@ui.torino.it
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defence
Automotive
Technology fields: 
Embedded Systems and Real Time Systems
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
S3 EU priority areas: 
Aeronautics
Advanced manufacturing systems
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
268
Number of SME members: 
222
Number of larger company members: 
38
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
8
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Comau
Larger Company
Fidia
Larger Company
Thales Alenia Space
Larger Company
Politecnico di Torino
University
Università di Torino
University
Prima Power
Larger Company
SKF Industrie
Larger Company
ITT Italia
Larger Company
INRIM
Research Organisation
CNR - IMAMOTER
Research Organisation
SPEA
Larger Company
Leonardo S.p.A.
Larger Company
Bitron Industrie
Larger Company
IIT
Technology Center
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

ACCELERATING INNOVATION: MESAP is the Innovation Cluster of Piedmont Region in the fields of Smart Products & Manufacturing with 268 Members, including 222 SMEs, 38Large Companies, 8 Universities and Research Centres. Most of large companies in Mesap are multinational firms, active especially in manufacturing, automotive and aerospace industries. This fact represents the high level of attractiveness of Piedmont business environment, particularly in the innovation field.

MESAP Companies show top level of specialization in integration of ICT, electronics and control science and advanced mechanics and are located in all phases of the supply chain with different levels of integration, including services.

MESAP main goals and activities are knowledge development and transfer from research centres to companies, cross transfer and spread of sectorial competences into new application fields, international cooperation for R&D European/international projects, new end markets identification at European and world level. Its final goal is to strengthen regional industrial capabilities and local supply chains, enhancing their competitiveness all over the world.

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 technology transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Japan
Taiwan
Thailand
Tunisia
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
Belgium
France
Germany
Netherlands
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: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

BOOST4BSOs Interreg Central Europe (April 2020- March 2022)

Boosting CE Business Support Organizations (BSOs) capacities for I4.0 scale up support (https://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/Boost4BSO.html) is a Interreg CE project aiming at improving knowledge build-up and sustainable knowledge transfer linkages among CE BSOs.

To reach this goal, Boost4BSO capitalizes on training contents/methodologies developed by the core projects InnoPeer AVM and Things+ (both Interreg CE) and the upscaling practice experience of IoT4Industry (H2020), with complementary inputs from further EU/nat. I4.0 related initiatives. Project Partners will jointly develop a comprehensive competence development package for BSOs and support them in creating a toolkit to faciliate SMEs in industrial transformation.

Project EXPRESS FP7 - Mobilising Expert Resources in the European Smart Systems Integration Ecosystem.

Diffuse the knowledge and the adoption of Smart System to reach the European leadership in this field. MESAP is mainly involved in WP2 - From Education to Markets – Elevating the Smart Systems Industrial Ecosystem in Europe.

MESAP has a portfolio of 60 collaborative R&D projects about following items: mechatronics for automotive and railways, methods and tools for mechatronics, Production processes automation, eco-efficient products and production processes, nanostructured surface treatments, biomedical mechatronics applications.

These projects were funded by the FESR - POR (Regional Operative Programme) 2007 - 2013.

Other 26 RDI projects are starting in 2018, funded by the FESR - POR (Regional Operative Programme) 2014 - 2020.

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

IoT4Industry project: the iotization of the european SMEs

149 proposals received, 40 funded projects, 82 SMEs, 16 industrial sectors and 18 countries involved. These are some of the numbers of IoT4Industry, a European project that, since 2018, has provided €4 million to support European SMEs in the development of projects for the implementation and testing of IoT technologies in the production cycle.

The project was defined among the 20 best performing Innosup initiatives and awarded as the best “European Cluster Partnership of the Year” during the European Cluster Conference 2020.

Italy is among the most participating countries : among 40 funded projects, 15 included an italian partner and among them, 5  are MESAP members. MESAP has been the National Contact Point for the project as well as managing partner of the Innovation Vouchers and of the communication and dissemination activities.

IoT4Industry: a 33 months experience in a nutshell watch the video 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

INNOVATION CATALYZER + INDUSTRIAL DNA: MESAP gathers 268 companies and research centres, all supported in the everyday innovation activities through the institutional activities and specific services: we know very well our members. Furthermore, MESAP is a good mean to find potential partners among the Piedmontese enterprises (focus on SMEs) and it is a reliable partner collaboration on R&D international projects, sharing of skills and competences with international similar innovation clusters, exchanging best practices and technology transfer methods, new end markets identification.