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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 26 October, 2012
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
Catalonia Cluster; AEI (Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras)
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Project Manager
Project Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Paper and Packaging
Technology fields: 
Food Packaging / Handling
Packaging for machines
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced materials
Food, beverage & tobacco products
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Larger Company
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

To generate new, sustainable business opportunities.

To drive company competitiveness.

To foster and attractive ecosystem on a national and international scale.

To take advantage of business enviroment synergies to strengthen the sector.

To improve sustainabliity Circular Economy, Life Cycle. Socal responsability.

To innovate in smart packaging. Active Packaging. Food Waste. Usability. Branding.

To encourage automation of flexible production by technology and robotics and improving the costs.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Details of support services: 

R&D&i Projects

Generation of R&D&i projects at national and international level. Synergies and consortia creation with complementary companies and knowledge centers to improve the business of the companies.

Intercluster workshops

Interaction with other clusters to identify and address specific needs and demands in terms of packaging from other client sectors. In Catalonia clusters are the reference networks business entities as regards innovation and strategy, enabling to work with companies and reference entities.

Innovation conference and seminars

The diffusion of cutting-edge knowledge, technology and new market trends is key for companies in the cluster, in order to be pioneers and go forward to offering leading solutions in the world of packaging.

Internationalization and global positioning

The cluster positions internationally the territory Packaging companies as a high value-added industry and promotes both entities and relationships with other leading companies globally.

Thinking and strategic discussion

Discussion and knowledge exchange of the whole value chain to generate a strategic vision to take a leap forward in order to generate a new and better business for the industry.

Training and talent recruitment

Impulse of the presential Packaging Engineering Posgraduate at the UPC. Online training called Packaging Expert Acreditation (PEA) and an In-Company courses specific and tailored for companies.

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

Commercial Mission to Las Vegas. Pack Expo Fair 2017.

International Mission Shanghai, China. Propak China Fair 2017.

International Mission Bangkok, Thailand. Propak Asia Fair 2017.

BSR Project. 3rd Intercluster Workshop in Copenhagen (Denmark). Expo Food Fair 2017.

BSR Project. 2nd Intercluster Workshop in Malmö (Sweden). Top Packaging Summit 2017.

BSR Project. 1st Intercluster Workshop in Barcelona. Graphispag Fair 2017.

Pacgraf Fair Cuba 2017

International Mission Pack Expo Chicago, EUA. 2016

International Mission Propack West Africa (Nigeria) 2016

International mission Propack Asia Thailand - Vietnam. 2016

Commercial Mission to Cairo, Egypt. Afropackaging Fair 2016

Commercial Mission to Korea. KoreaPack 2016

4.0 Industry / Tecnhological Mission Germany 2016

Cross-Sectoral and Intercluster Workshop to Korea 2016

Participation European Packaging Symposium March 2015

Cross-Sectoral and Intercluster Mission Quebec 2015

Commercial Mission to Mexico 2015

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
All the 30 Catalan Clusters
Cluster del Envase y Embalaje (Packaging Cluster in Valencia)
Packbridge (Sweden)
FoodRegio (Germany)
OPTITEC (France)
Food & Bio Cluster Denmark
Omnipack (Hungary)
Nanoprogress (Czech Republic)
InovCluster (Portugal)
BalticNet Plasmatec (Germany)
SCS (France)
Plastiwin (Belgium)
Smart Food Cluster (Lithuania)
Food-Processing Initiative e.V. (Germany)
Optics Valey (France)
Secpho (Spain)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)

BSR Innovation Express

Establishment of transnational and crosssectoral collaborations between two Food clusters and one Packaging cluster and their members, in order to facilitate the internationalization and the development of transnational competencies in the cluster member companies as well as in the clusters themselves. The clusters involved are the two food clusters FoodNetwork from Denmark and AINS Cluster of Nutrition and Health from Catalonia and the Packaging Cluster from Catalonia. Moreover, there will be a  collaboration and project support from Packbridge from Sweden.


COSME FoodPackLab (Strand 1) 

The FoodPackLab project brings together photonics and packaging technologies with one of the oldest industries ever: the food industry. The FoodPackLab consortium will then:  1) Foster synergies between photonics, packaging and food industries towards current worldwide challenges: food processing, security and hygiene, reducing of food waste and Circular Economy in packaging procedures.  2) Positioning Europe as a reference in the food industry outside of the continent, developing new food value chain methodologies, with special emphasis to food packaging, and export them to third countries facing new challenges. Bringing together the companies, technological centers and research groups of the consortium clusters will give rise to new opportunities that, otherwise, would have never appeared themselves if everyone had worked alone.

COSME AdPack 2.0 (Strand 2)

The purpose of this project is to foster cross-sectoral cooperation between the European clusters in the partnership and their SME members, as well as to support their SME members in going international (Canada, China, United States) and positioning them in the advanced smart packaging global value chain. This will be done through the establishment of an ESCP formed by 6 European clusters which bring together different competencies to apply a cross-sectoral approach for the development of the advanced smart packaging global value chain. In this regard, the partnership brings together clusters involved with the final product (packaging), the application market (food), cross-cutting technology clusters (nanotechnologies, microelectronics, software, telecommunications and plasma technologies) and new materials (plastics, polymers and biopolymers). 

COSME FoodPackLab (Strand 2)

It aims to encourage collaboration between groups and business networks in the strategic field of food security. It connects groups of four different sectors (agriculture, food processing, packaging and deep technology) and 5 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain) to help European SMEs access new global value chains and ensure their position as innovation leaders in specific industries. Missions to India and South Africa will be done.

COS-CLUSTER Safe Smart Food 

It aims to encourage collaboration between groups and business networks in the strategic field of food security. It connects groups of four different sectors (agriculture, food processing, packaging and deep technology) and 5 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain) to help European SMEs access new global value chains and ensure their position as innovation leaders in specific industries. Missions to India and South Africa will be done.

We have expertise in manage and support R&D Projects in the Packaging Industry in different calls:

Iniciatives Reforç Competitiu (IRC): Regional

Agencia de Residus de Catalunya (ARC): Regional

Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora (AEI): National

COSME Go International: Granted two COSMES, one for each Strand, in 2017.



Success Story / Achievements: 

Since our set up in October 2012 we have been growing up in a quantity and quality way. Our members form a big network inside the value chain of the packaging sector and thus allow to create innovative and collaborative R+D+I projects.

Also, our constant moving around different cluster policies regions, in an international scene, make us build strong and trusted relationships with other entites and clusters in the packaging sector o related.  

MOU Agreement with KOPA (Korean Packaging Association)

BSR Project with FoodNetwork (Denmark)

Collaborative partnership with Packbridge (Sweden)

Two COSME projects (strand 1 and Strand 2).



Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

The packaging sector in Catalonia gathers 753 companies, 40.000 workers and have a turnover of 7.100M €/year.*

*Source: Strategic Update made for the consultancy Cluster Development.

The Packaging Cluster is a Catalan organization founded in 2012 and focused in the whole value chain of the packaging sector. Up today, it gathers 102 members, which work in different sectors such AgroFood, Cosmetic and Perfumery and Pharmacy, among others. The mission of the cluster is to increase the competitiveness of the sector to national and international levels. Looking for strategic challenges in group and running actions consistent with the strategy. Our members and their expertise and competitiveness in the Packaging field showed us that the synergies and thus, the future potential projects, are infinite. 

We are a very dynamic cluster with a lot of initiative and big ideas to make synergies with other sectors and countries. Only in 2016 we realized a total of 42 activities (projects, seminars, missions, events, formations...) in which 91,5% of our members participated at least in one activity. Also in 2016 the cluster has been positioned like the second Catalan cluster with more funds and projects from the Catalan and Spanish Government.