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Swiss Plastics Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Saturday, 1 January, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Auffret
Aurélie
Cluster Manager
+41264296772
aurelie.auffret@swissplastics-cluster.ch
Female
Languages spoken: 
English
French
German
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Plastics
Technology fields: 
Moulding, injection moulding, sintering
Plastics, Polymers
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Medical Devices
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
100
Number of SME members: 
78
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
6
Number of larger company members: 
22
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
10
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameType
Wago Contact SA
Larger Company
Johnson Electric SA
Larger Company
JESA SA
SME
Dentsply Sirona
Larger Company
Admo Plastique
SME
HEIA-FR
University
PICC
Technology Center
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

VISION

The forces of the Swiss Plastics Cluster for your competitiveness.

MISSION

It is the mission of the cluster to enhance the competitiveness and productivity of its members by actively promoting plastic engineering technologies, fostering public private partnerships, offering tailored continuous staff training, creating exchange, networking and business opportunities between its members and value-adding services.

OBJECTIVES

1. Education and Training: Developing an education and training platform based on its members’ needs with respect to third party training for the apprenticeship as plastics technologist, continuous training as well as knowledge and technology transfer provided within the scope of conferences.

2. Technology & Innovation: Promoting activities in the area of research and development through pre-competitive joint-projects which allow every member to upgrade to the desired level of technology. Fostering competitive projects by connecting private and public actors as well as a state of the art technology monitoring through an exclusive member only databank access and the organization of workshops.

3. Commercial Cooperation: Creating business opportunities by facilitating encounters between two or more members which in return lead to new product development, taping new markets or reducing cost.

4. Networking on national and international scale: Visits of members and potential members by the cluster manager, ensuring networking opportunities among members by hosting technology meetings or business lunches at members premises, taking part in national and international events, actively promoting external organizations to participate in cluster activities, networking as well as matchmaking opportunities.  

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Provision and facilitation of access to training for members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Support for IPR
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
None
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Austria
France
Germany
Italy
Switzerland
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Cluster Food and Nutrition
Plastipolis
Der Kunststoff-Cluster Österreich
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: