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Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing - KSSE SA

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 17 February, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i, ESCP-S3 or ESCP-4x): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Cluster Manager
Cluster Manager
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Technology fields: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Construction maintenance and monitoring methods & equipment
S3 EU priority areas: 
Basic metals & of fabricated metals products
Electrical equipment
Emerging industries: 
Mobility Technologies
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Automotive Industry, Production of cars, components
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of start-ups among 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"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
PNT Technopark Gliwice
Akcelerator Technologiczny Gliwice
Name and link of major players: 
Opel Manufacturing Poland
Larger Company
Nexteer Automotive Poland
Larger Company
Brembo Poland
Larger Company
Eaton Automotive Systems
Larger Company
Tenneco Automotive Polska
Larger Company
Politechnika Śląska
Akademia WSB
Akademia Techniczno-Humanistyczna
Śląskie Centrum Naukowo - Technologiczne Przemysłu Lotniczego
Technology Center
Instytut Technik Innowacyjnych EMAG
Technology Center
Cluster Strategy

Strategic competence development The cluster’s aim is to develop strategic competences in automotive. Global competition in this sector puts a lot of pressure on OEM’s and suppliers to deliver quality solutions at competitive prices. Continuous process and production improvement, employee productivity and motivation, new technology competences and local supplier networks are key success factors. The coordination consortium organizes best practices exchange meetings, brokerage events, thematic workshops, analyses and benchmarking surveys in two domains: 1) Human Resources and Labor Market issues 2) Innovation and Cooperation We apply a bottom-up approach, which means that most of our activities meet the direct needs and challenges being faced by the cluster members. We bring together directors, engineers, scientists and thematic experts to discuss and solve problems and to create practical solutions.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Periodic Information dissemination
Support of technology transfer
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

When planning your next automotive project in Central Europe, consider Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing. We offer a wide range of opportunities:

  • Katowice Special Economic Zone investment plots -  favorable location and investment conditions (tax relief),
  • more than 230 automotive companies in the region - potential partners in your next project
  • cooperation between companies and vocational education schools focusing on tailored competence development    
  • technical universities in the regions – highly educated engineers
  • research teams in the Centre for Automotive Technologies, joining competences in science and engineering
  • thematic analyses and benchmarking activities including dissemination of results among the participating members
  • regular business-to-business, business-to-science meetings and thematic workshops,
  • Periodic Information dissemination (Cluster newsletter and Compass Automotive).


Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Czech Republic
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Pole Vehicule du Futur (Francja)
Fundacion Cluster de Empresas de Automocion de Galicia (Hiszpania)
Cluster de la Industria d'Automocio de Catalunya (Hiszpania)
Automotive Cluster Bulgaria (Bułgaria)
Automobilski Klaster Srbije (Serbia)
North East Automotive Alliance Limited (Wielka Brytania)
Pool-Net Portuguese Tooling & Plastics Network (Portugalia)
Business Upper Austria - OÖ Wirtschaftsagentur GmbH (Austria)
Automotive Cluster, Moravian (Czechy)
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)

EACN for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments,

Funding programme: COSME,

Project duration : 10/2018 - 10/2020




    Automotive Sector Competence Council (including electromobility),

    Funding programme: EUROPEAN SOCIAL FUND,

    Project duration : 02/2018 - 06/2023.

      Since 2011 the Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster has been focusing on internal relations and best practices exchange to stimulate the development of new business relationships and consortia on regional level. The cluster is mainly privately financed and follows specific company needs. Since 2018 Cluster participate in EU programs. 

      EACN for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments is a project submitted by 8 partners of the European Automotive Cluster Network EACN. It aims at initiating common R&D and Joint Investment projects between members from different European countries in the field of industrial modernization in the automotive industry, with emphasis on (1) Virtualisation of planning processes, (2) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, (3) Elasticity of production processes and (4) Skills and Competences. SA&AM is a Project Partner and Work Package 2 leader which focused on Joint Partnership Strategy. Objectives of WP2 included:

      • To define the major drivers and motivators for industrial modernisation in the automotive industry
      • To prepare a European strategy related to four defined topics of industrial modernisation directed to SMEs in the automotive industry including: an EACN Partnership Agreement, a map of envisaged cluster collaboration opportunities and value chain linkages, an implementation roadmap and a marketing plan
      • To commonly elaborate a support service based on best practices to secure a homogeneous approach for smooth implementation of the actions foreseen in the roadmap



      The Katowice Special Economic Zone, the SA&AM Cluster coordinator is involved, in partnership with the Polish Chamber of the Automotive Industry and the Association of Automotive Employers and Industrial Products, in a project called the Automotive Sector Competence Council (including electromobility). The aim of the project is to come up with solutions and align the education system to the needs of the automotive sector by engaging with business, educational and administration representatives, and by drawing on their experience, research results and feedback.

      By meeting its core objective, the project will mitigate the problems identified as part of the Knowledge Education Development Operational Programme, directly supporting other project objectives, such as:

      1. organizing the operations of the Automotive Sector Competence Council (including electromobility);
      2. obtaining information from businesses regarding their professional qualifications;
      3. disseminating information regarding demand professional qualifications in the sector;
      4. initiating and developing cooperation in the field of integrating education/science with businesses (integration of education and employers);
      5. coming up with recommendations on aligning workforce qualifications to the existing needs of the sector.

      In this project Katowice Special Economic Zone, the SA&AM Cluster’s coordinator, is responsible for:

      1. Obtaining information from businesses regarding in-demand professional qualifications;
      2. Initiating and developing cooperation in the field of integrating education/science with businesses.
      Success Story / Achievements: 

      The cluster Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing was established in 2011 and covers three regions in the Southern part of Poland: Sląskie, Małopolskie and Opolskie. More than 230 companies are active in the automotive sector in this area, of which 96 are official cluster members. Several other companies – most of them situated on the premises of the Katowice Special Economic Zone – participate in the cluster activities on a case by case base.

      We are honored with the presence of companies like: Opel Manufacturing Poland, Brembo Poland, Eaton, Electropoli, Ficomirrors Polska, Grammer, Artifficial Inteligence Robotic, Nexteer Automotive, Plastic Omnium, Postęp, Saint-Gobain Innovative Materials, SILS Centre Gliwice, Tenneco Automotive Polska, NGK, ZF-TRW and many others delivering high quality solutions for the international automotive market.

      Cluster potential in numbers:

      • EMPLOYMENT: 40 thousands
      • TURNOVER: > 9 bln Euro
      • EXPORT: 85%
      • R&D EXPENSES: 150 mln Euro (in 2015-2017)
      • PATENTS: 582 (in 2015-2017)
      • INTERNSHIPS: 2068 (in 2015-2017)
      Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

      The companies in the Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster as part of multinationals are active in global supply chains and on international markets. They cooperate with local and regional specialised suppliers as well as with suppliers from neighbouring countries. The cluster avtivities are focused on the development of new methods for training and education - companies cooperate with vocational schools and universities, establish new programs and organise apprenticeships for youngsters. Other activities include competence development and best practices sharing in the field of production technologies and new materials. 

      The Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster is open for cooperation with other Automotive clusters in Europe. Specific fields of interest include: new methodologies in education, tools and methodologies for benchmarking and best practices sharing in a global competitive environment, technology trends related to future vehicles (new materials, electric cars, functional vehicles, internet of things, big data).