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RETE DI IMPRESE LUCE IN VENETO

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 18 January, 2016
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Veneto
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
ELCA European Lighting Cluster Alliance
FABBRICA INTELLIGENTE Italian Technological Cluster
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Antonella
Venza
Cluster Manager
+393334795634
antonella.venza@luceinveneto.com
Female
Alberto
Sozza
ECCP Responsible Person
+393929729889
alberto.sozza@luceinveneto.com
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Italian
Spanish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Distribution and Electronic Commerce
Furniture
Technology fields: 
Lighting, illumination
S3 EU priority areas: 
Construction of buildings
Photonics
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Sustainable living; Creative industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
47
Number of SME members: 
47
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
2
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
120
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Oty Light Srl
SME
Nectogroup srl
SME
Fairwind
SME
Department of Information Engineering
University
Department of Industrial Engineering
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The mission of the Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto is the promotion of new business opportunities in the field of smart lighting in order to ensure a sustainable and inclusive growth.

In particular, the Network intends to pursue the following specific objectives:

- Use of innovative and/or recyclable  materials - Foster integration of SSL (Solid State Lighting) domotic technologies and IoT (Internet of Things) - Support to the companies in the creation of objects in BIM formats (Building Information Modeling) as a new 3D modeling format of building products in the market to perform simulations or punctual material takeoffs and products - Spreading the culture of light - Promotion of creative contest - Enhancing the visibility of the products / services of the member companies - Support to companies in accessing international markets

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)
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Periodic Information dissemination
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
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: 
Belgium
France
Hungary
Slovenia
Spain
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?: 
DOMOTYS CLUSTER OF HOME, BUILDING AUTOMATION AND SMART CITIES - Barcelona, Spain
CONSTRUCTION CLUSTER OF SLOVENIA
POLE SCS SECURED COMMUNICATING SOLUTIONS A WORLD-CLASS CLUSTER, France Région Sud Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur
CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE STAROPOLSKA CONSTRUCTION CLUSTER INNOWATOR, Poland
INTERNATIONAL INNOVATIVE CLUSTER FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND BUILDING TRADE (Archenerg), Hungary
ELCA EUROPEAN LIGHTING CLUSTER ALLIANCE
CLUSTER LUMIERE, France
Clúster d’il luminació de Catalunya – CICAT, Barcelona Spain
Groen Licht Vlaanderen – GLV, Belgium
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)Link (Regional/National)
FP7
CIP/COSME
Other

Project "E-Light" (2009-2012):  involving 5 SMEs and 2 Universities / Research Centres. The topic was: development of a intelligent lighting fixture able to capt information from the ambient (sensors) and to communicate with the other lighting points.

Project "SSL-ERATE" (2013-2016) : is a 3-year FP7 coordination project that aims to accelerate the uptake of high-quality Solid State Lighting (SSL) technology in Europe by supporting open innovation and bringing validated information to all relevant stakeholders. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No. 619249. http://www.ssl-erate.eu/ 

Project Cyber Secure Light (2018 - 2020) - co-funded by the European COSME Programme, in the framework of the COS-CLUSTPARTNS-2017-3-02 call for proposals. The overall objective of this call was to boost industrial competitiveness and investment in the EU via cross-regional cooperation and networking by supporting the establishment of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments (ESCP-S3). The CYBER SECURE LIGHT as officially labelled ESCP-S3 partnership by the EASME Agency, aims at facilitating cluster cooperation in the IOT cyber security area related to regional smart specialisation strategies, in particular to trajectories related to ICT and smart building, and at increasing the involvement of industry in the context of the Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial Modernisation.

POR (Regional Operative Program) 2007-2013 FESR Action 1.1 - Research program

POR (Regional Operative Program) 2007-2013 FSE / 2014-2020 FSE Luce in Veneto organizes every year many FSE training courses for the SMEs about different topics: internationalization; marketing; SEO intruments; technical norms; LED technologies...

LRV (Venetian Regional Law) 13/2014 - Luce in Veneto coordinates some projects involving groups of SMEs with the aim of promoting their internationalization with a support of a temporary manager

 

Relevant Project References: 
http://lightingforpeople.eu/ ; http://www.cybersecurelight.eu
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

UL CERTIFICATION'S AGREEMENT AAfter a long study process LIV has launched an innovative service aimed at supporting its members to enter and grow in the USA and Canada markets, considered strategic internationalisation area for the Italian lighting companies. The initiative was born from the need expressed by many companies member of Luce in Veneto to reduce and simplify the procedures to obtain the UL quality label for the USA/Canada market. Between 2013 and 2018, consumption of lighting fixtures in the United States has grown at a yearly average rate of 3.1%. Product groups that register a plus include Healthcare, Hospitality, Horticulture and Street lighting. The US LED market was valued at USD 8.82 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a CAGR of 12.6% over the forecast period (2019-2024). The Lighting Fixtures Manufacturing industry in Canada has captured opportunities abroad and expanded significantly over the five years to 2019. The recent thrive in the domestic residential construction stimulated demand for home lighting fixtures. Revenue in the Lamps & Lighting segment amounts to US$5,214m in 2019. The market is expected to grow annually by 2.1% (CAGR 2019-2023). This label is very important for them to demonstrate their local customers that they meet not only the UL standards, mandatory to export in these markets, but also a high quality procedure in terms of electrical safety of the products thanks to continuous on site checks by UL inspectors. After many meetings with the UL Italy Srl representatives, LIV has obtained a solution that allows considerable savings in terms of money and times for the companies. Finally LIV aimed at supporting the companies to obtain public funds submitting a project in a specific regional call under the ERDF Programme. In this way the companies had the opportunity further to reduce the costs to obtain and maintain the UL Mark. The solution proposed by LIV offers a clear and tangible (positive) impact to all the members interested in having UL certified products because they can move within the market using a single and the most requested certification mark in the United Stated/Canada, appearing on 22 mln products annually. This service has importantly reduced the certification costs of a single company. Furthermore, LIV forced the companies to participate in a common Insurance with adequate ceilings for the reference markets as a further guarantee for the North American consumer, that increases their value proposition. The cluster has among its strategic objectives the support in the internationalisation activities of its members. This initiative has demonstrated that the cluster is able to concretely responds to the needs expressed by some companies and to find new solutions that can be extended to all the other companies of its network. The companies involved in this initiative have to pay an annual fee that allow the cluster to cover the maintenance of the UL Mark but allows to support the economic sustainability of the management organisation’s development. The long preparatory work led to the creation of an internal regulation for the underwriting companies for quality management of the production chain.

VENETIAN SMART LIGHTING AWARD Since 2016 LIV organizes every year a competition dedicated to the best product / solutions made by companies in the network and in the Veneto Region. In 2020, in addition to prizes for the best products in classic and modern style, the cluster has proposed a special prize to the best lamp for healthcare, care, hospitalization / permanence environments, in particular for the fight against diffusion of the COVID-19 virus. The jury is made up of lighting designers and other personalities linked to the world of light, who evaluate not only the aesthetic aspects of the candidate products but also their functionality, innovation as 360 ° lighting fixtures. The Venetian region is very famous all over the world for its Murano chandeliers and high quality handcrafting products. The main part of LIV members are, in fact, lighting SMEs that produce decorative indoor lamps with different kind in classical or modern style. In fact the majority of our companies are traditional SMEs that often struggle to embrace the innovation and new technologies. They are also direct competitors that make joint collaborations very challenging. The idea to transform their competitiveness into an annual Award has stimulated companies to innovate and to propose always new solutions. The final ceremony of the competition has become for the companies an annual appointment they don’t want to miss because it’s a great opportunity to meet all the other cluster members, some sponsors, digital media partners and local stakeholders  in the context of the wonderful historical Villa Cà Marcello. In occasion of the Award event the companies are stimulated to deepen the mutual knowledge and often to cooperate for new common solutions. The cluster involves also some selected sponsors that have the opportunity to propose new services - strategic  for the companies innovation and business development (e.g. BIM object, financial opportunities, technical solutions etc..) This initiative is perfectly in line with the main objectives of the Cluster is to create new business opportunities among companies, to strengthen internal awareness and to increase the external visibility.  This year LIV has decided to involve in the event also a local voluntary association, with which it collaborates in a local research project, to insert the social values as new strategic objectives that can promote the cluster among its members. The VSLA award brings important visibility to the cluster (as it is widely promoted via the cluster channels and thematic press) and attract new members and also companies outside the region, interested in deepen the cluster services  The organization of the event incurs costs that are mainly covered by sponsors but also by the participants that pay a fee for the Gala dinner and, if possible, by public funds thanks to local or EU projects. Many strategic partners of the clusters are invited, like: other local/international clusters or public Authorities as important moment to deepen promote new projects and cooperation

ELIV BY LUCE IN VENETO Global market trends confirmed increasing adoption of decorative lighting applications in home, hotel, restaurants, and offices are other factors expected to propel growth of the target market over the next 5 years period. On-going trend observed is the increasing consumer preference towards replacing old technology with new technology and this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period. The residential sub-segment is the largest revenue contributor to the general lighting market and is presumed to witness strong adoption during the next years with the improving standard of living, escalating home values, and growing preference for artistic and stylish fixtures with different designs. The global lighting fixtures market is highly competitive and fragmented. The large multinational companies are still dominating the market. The leading four manufacturers in the global lighting fixtures market jointly account for less than 45% of the market revenue. Moreover, the European lighting industry is exposed to the aggressive advance of Asian (mainly Chinese) low-cost and often also low-quality products. The competition from China is erasing most of the global market share. The small and medium-sized enterprises struggle to position themselves in the global value chains. In this context Luce in Veneto intended to start a process aimed at strengthening its positioning in international markets in support of all companies belonging to the cluster. LIV considered it important to invest directly in order to increase the technological level of the products / services offered by the companies in the smart lighting sector member of the cluster and to promote them in foreign markets, with particular reference to the European market. In recent years Luce in Veneto has faced a path of analysis of various technological solutions offered on the market, identifying a series of partners for the development of a common network electronics for the control of the light point, also through voice control. . The solution will allow the definition of a wide range of dimmers with constant voltage output, phase cut and one or two relays. LIV now intends to offITork companies the development of customized apps that will allow tELIV BY LUCE IN VENETO Global market trends confirmed increasing adoption of decorative lighting applications in home, hotel, restaurants, and offices are other factors expected to propel growth of the target market over the next 5 years period. On-going trend observed is the increasing consumer preference towards replacing old technology with new technology and this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period. The residential sub-segment is the largest revenue contributor to the general lighting market and is presumed to witness strong adoption during the next years with the improving standard of living, escalating home values, and growing preference for artistic and stylish fixtures with different designs. The global lighting fixtures market is highly competitive and fragmented. The large multinational companies are still dominating the market. The leading four manufacturers in the global lighting fixtures market jointly account for less than 45% of the market revenue. Moreover, the European lighting industry is exposed to the aggressive advance of Asian (mainly Chinese) low-cost and often also low-quality products. The competition from China is erasing most of the global market share. The small and medium-sized enterprises struggle to position themselves in the global value chains. In this context LIV considered it important to invest directly in order to increase the technological level of the products / services offered by the companies in the smart lighting sector member of the cluster and to promote them in foreign markets, with particular reference to the European market. In recent years Luce in Veneto has faced a path of analysis of various technological solutions offered on the market, identifying a series of partners for the development of a common network electronics for the control of the light point, also through voice control. . The solution will allow the definition of a wide range of dimmers with constant voltage output, phase cut and one or two relays. LIV now intends to offer network companies the development of customized apps that will allow the integration of lighting fixtures produced by network companies. The developed system will be compatible with the most popular Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control systems. In March 2020 Luce in Veneto started the registration procedure at European level of the "ELIV" brand dedicated to a common electronics for all network companies and to a dashboard for the data collection of all the data collected from the market thanks to '' use of this electronics, in collaboration with a company member of Luce in Veneto which has allowed the development of this technology. In order to promote this new brand, the Network intends to promote this brand at the main international fairs.  Through the development of the ELIV "dashboard" the companies will have the opportunity to access a rich database capable of providing direct information on the location of the lamps sold by the company and a series of information that can be made available by the buyer.  world.  

 

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We are a regional and network representing the SMEs of one of the most active region in Europe for lighting fixture manufacturing. We have special focus on creating  links among our associates  and generating cross-sectoral innovation projects within manufactures, third part suppiers, distributors and services throughout the duration of the network's lifetime. We mantain very good relationship with local university, research center and local stakeholders.