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VIKEN Technology Cluster 4.0

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Hans Bjørn
Paulsrud
Cluster Manager
004792012652
hbp@vikenklynge.no
Male
André
Thysted
Project Manager
004747340801
at@vikenklynge.no
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Norwegian
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Industry 4.0
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
53
Number of SME members: 
44
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
1
Number of larger company members: 
4
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
4
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
Inkubator Ås
Incubator
Eik Idéverksted
Co-working Space
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Aker Solutins
Larger Company
SEW EURODRIVE
Larger Company
Jackon
Larger Company
Tronrud Engineering
Larger Company
C.H. Evensen
SME
CodeIT
SME
Dräger
SME
Eureka
SME
Folla Tech
SME
Lekang Filter
SME
Olimb
SME
Servi Group AS
SME
Slåttland
SME
Step Slutions
SME
Wärtsilä
Larger Company
Norwegian University of Life Science
University
Oslo Metropolitan University
University
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The clusters mission is to work systematically for the development of collaborative R&D projects and to ensure that cluster members top and bottom line growth are significantly higher than competitors in their respective market. VIKEN Technology Cluster 4.0´s objectives is to ensure that cross industrial members have access to the resources they need to achieve their ambitions for domestic and international growth. The core of the cluster collaboration is a method for identifying the factory’s potential for digitalization that will enable growth and to obtain the resources and skills needed to act on these opportunities. The method is being developed in the cluster and facilitated by the administration in close collaboration with cluster members. The method consists of the: • An established model for searching and identifying possibilities for digitalization and implementing projects in and between cluster companies. • A method for R&D project and value chain collaboration • A method for identifying and establishing partners in R&D projects • Developing educational courses for industrial workers and management that ensure that the industry is ready to meet the possibilities and challenges that industry 4.0 provides.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Access to technology services
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Details of support services: 

The cluster management provides access and assistance in applying regional, national and EU funding schemes as well as assisting in facilitating early stage innovation projects both between members and in individual company projects. Management is also working closely with colleges, universities and research companies so that we can provide R&D support to SMB´s that is often lacking the knowledge and resources needed to innovate. Our university partners also provide companies assistance developing business models, products and services needed to implement new technology in production and new products. The cluster also provide promotional services on digital platforms and fairs and since establishment we have promoted our members on the following trade fairs, conferences and exhibitions:

  • The Modification Conference in Stavanger 2018
  • SMM2018 Hamburg
  • Offshore Norther Seas Stavanger 2018
  • Noor Shipping 2019
  • Oslo and MEER Kontakte in Kiel 2019.
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
None
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Germany
Iceland
Poland
Portugal
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Promotional Activities
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
WAB EV
DeepSea Minig Alliance
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Iceland Ocean Cluster
Forum Oceano
Latvias Biotechnology Assosiation
Carbon Composits EV
Cluster Mechatronik & Automation Management GGMBH
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: