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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Wednesday, 14 December, 2005
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
11-20
Regions: 
Auvergne
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
France Clusters
European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA)
Vanguard Initiative
Alliance Industrie du Futur
Association Française des Pôles de Compétitivité
S3P Smart sensors 4 agri-food
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Marie-Odile
HOMETTE
Cluster Manager
+33667949229
mo.homette@cimes-hub.com
Female
Arnaud
BOCQUILLON
Internationalisation Responsible
+33620054577
a.bocquillon@cimes-hub.com
Male
Franck
SIMON
Internationalisation Responsible
+33642438013
f.simon@cimes-hub.com
Male
Loïc
MARIN
ECCP Responsible Person
+33637038309
l.marin@cimes-hub.com
Male
Quentin
COURBON
Project Manager
+33787040028
q.courbon@cimes-hub.com
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
French
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Metalworking Technology
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
3D printing
Process automation
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Mobility Technologies
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Cyber physical systems; Robotics and autonomous systems; IoT; AI and cognitive systems; Location based technologies; Interaction technologies; AR, VR, Visualization; Simulation and modelling; Additive Manufacturing; Laser based manufacturing
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
500
Number of SME members: 
390
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
70
Number of larger company members: 
35
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
45
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
30
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Aubert&Duval
Larger Company
Constellium
Larger Company
Haulotte
Larger Company
Michelin
Larger Company
CEMAM
Research Organisation
Imobs3
Research Organisation
Manutech
Research Organisation
HEF
Larger Company
Somfy
Larger Company
NTN SNR
Larger Company
Stäubli
Larger Company
PCI SCEMM
Larger Company
Cetim
Technology Center
Inrae
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

CIMES is a french « pôle de compétitivité » (competitiveness cluster = innovation hub) devoted to mechanical engineering born in September 2019 when Mont-Blanc Industries and ViaMéca merged. Located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions, it represents more than 30% of the French mechanical workforce. CIMES’s main mission is to coordinate the highly-innovative ecosystem gathering more than 500 stakeholders from industry, academic and research communities in order to think, develop and industrialize processes, products and services in the framework of Industry 4.0 and with the aim of accelerating innovation and enabling the emergence of innovative collaborative projects.

The strategic roadmap of the organisation is structured around three main topics: 

  • Optimised engineering for sustainable systems.
  • Engineering for Manufacturing, Materials and Surfaces,
  • Integrated robotics and productive efficiency,

At the European level, CIMES has the ambition of being the major innovation hub for mechanical engineering and integration of innovative technologies devoted to production. The organisation is already a member of the S3 platforms Smart sensors for Agri-food and 3D-printing and of several European projects (CONNSENSYS, S3FOOD, DIGIFOF, BLOCK4COOP…). Finally, CIMES is also recognized as a fully operational DIH dedicated to manufacturing.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to private funding (connecting to investors, seed-capital, venture-capital, crowd-funding, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

Ecosytem building, scouting, brokerage, networking

Visioning and strategy development for businesses

Collaborative research

Concept validation and prototyping

Voice of the customer, consortia

Market intelligence

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
Morocco
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
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
Germany
Italy
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
MESAP (Europe), Alliance Metal Québec (outside Europe),Meca Tech (Europe)
MécaTech (Europe)
bwcon (Europe)
Flanders' Food (Europe)
Alliance Metal Québec (outside Europe)
DSP Valley
Wagralim
Corralia
INNOSkart ICT
AFIL
Metalklaster
AIDA
ASINCAR
AIN
FVEM
ITAINNOVA
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
CIP/COSME
INTERREG

CONNSENSYS: The aim of this project is to set-up a platform between food- and electronic/IT cluster organisations, relevant research and technology organisations (RTO’s) and other stakeholders, to lower the barriers for food companies to access and implement the newest smart electronic systems and to enable the Internet of Things (IoT) transition of the food industry.

S3FOOD: This project will facilitate the digitalization of the food processing industry by stimulating the implementation of smart sensor systems in the food production processes and thus making the generation of digital data possible and also by providing training and support in relation to data collection, management and mining.

DIGIFOF: This project proposes a network of training environments where HEIs, enterprises, and training institutions come together to develop skills profiles, trainings concepts as well as materials for design aspects of the Factory of the Future (FoF). It will create an organizational structure to foster knowledge transfer between industry and academia, aiming to provide educational and experimental OMiLAB4FoF, where FoF-aspects can be taught practically or experimented with. They will be equipped with a variety of open source tools suitable to the FoF-aspects.

BLOCK4COOP: The project aims at setting up transnational collaborative initiatives/activities in order to increase the knowledge of the blockchain technology for the industrial SMEs and to facilitate the implementation of the technology in order to transform production processes, product traceability, logistics and cybercommerce.

Plan Industrie du futur régional

Plan Industrie du futur national

Relevant Project References: 
https://www.cimes-hub.com/europe/projets-europeens
Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

CIMES owns a project catalogue where all the supported and successful projects are mentioned and can be consulted: https://catalogue.viameca.fr/

 

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

CIMES is accelerating its positioning on the European stage, being at the same time a member of several interclustering projects/networks and an intermediary for its companies in order to help them to benefit from the large range of European funding opportunities. With more than 500 members, gathering companies, research centres and academic establishments, CIMES embraces the entire manufacturing value chain. Being at this central position allows CIMES to be comfortable with both the technology providers and the end users to tackle the issues of competitivness, environment preservation, and digitisation in industrial context.