Brazil

The cluster community in Brazil has been growing consistently over the past ten years. Today in Brazil, clusters are known as Arranjos Produtivos Locais (APL - local production systems in English), and a certain number of federal programs are designed to develop them further.

In 2011, the Ministério do Desenvolvimento, Indústria e Comércio Exterior of Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Commission. Building on this MoU, the GTP-APL signed a Clusters Cooperation Agenda (CCA) with the European ECCP in 2011. In December 2013, a new CCA was signed between GTP-APL and the ECCP.

Economic and political context and framework

Brazil’s economy is considered to be the largest in South America and the second largest of the Western Hemisphere. From 2000 to 2012, Brazil´s economy was also considered one of the fastest-growing economies. Currently, the EU is Brazil's most significant trading partner.

Cluster community in the country

In Brazil, clusters are known as Arranjos Produtivos Locais (APL - local production systems in English). APL Observatory is the official database of APLs. It aggregates information about Brazilian cluster communities, providing information on the cluster environment, geography, sectors and main cluster cities, among others. The number of Brazilian APLs (S&T clusters) has grown quickly over the past 15 years. There are currently 774 APLs. About one fifth of APLs are concentrated in the southern and southeaster regions of the country.

Cluster policies encouraging the development and internationalisation of clusters

The development of policies to support APLs is mainly guided by the federal government through the APL Permanent Working Group (GTP-APL). Brazil and the European Commission in 2011 signed an MoU to promote SME's competitiveness in the global market through clusters.Read more...

The Clusters Cooperation Agenda (CCA) signed by GTP-APL and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform in 2011 aims to strengthen business, research and technological cooperation, and promote SME internationalisation by encouraging clusters from Brazil and Europe to collaborate. In December 2013, a new CCA signed between GTP-APL and the ECCP was signed.

As a result of the MoU and CCA, a first match-making event was held in 2013 to promote business, research and technological cooperation between European and Brazilian clusters in the biotechnology sector.Read less.

Cluster to cluster cooperation opportunities and potential interest from European clusters and SMEs

The EU has focused on supporting cluster internationalisation and cooperation with Brazil by stimulating C2C.

Biotechnology, renewable energy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are the industry sectors that present the most opportunities for technology, innovation and business cooperation between Brazilian clusters and EU clusters.

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Events

Date Name Target Type
Monday, 2 October, 2017 - 09:30 MOVE 2nd brokerage event Cluster managers, SME Workshop
Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 - 10:00 LCBA Matchmaking Mission: Biogas and Solid Waste Management SME Matchmaking
Thursday, 5 October, 2017 - 10:00 ELAN NETWORK EVENT IN BRAZIL 2017 Cluster managers, SME Matchmaking, Workshop
Thursday, 5 October, 2017 - 10:45 Health and biotechnology generating new business opportunities in Brazil Cluster managers, Large audience, SME Matchmaking, Workshop
Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 - 09:15 Low Carbon Business Action in Brazil: MATCHMAKING MISSION ON RENEWABLE ENERGY Cluster managers, Cluster Policy Makers, Investors, Project coordinators, SME Matchmaking
Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 10:00 Europe-Brazil virtual matchmaking event Cluster managers, SME Matchmaking
Wednesday, 28 June, 2017 - 07:30 10 CLAC - 10th TCI Latin American Cluster Conference Cluster managers, Cluster Policy Makers Conference
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017 - 18:45 International IPRs SME Helpdesks Stakeholders Meeting Cluster managers, Large audience, SME Conference, Matchmaking
Monday, 1 May, 2017 - 10:15 Low Carbon Agriculture Business Action - Brazil Cluster managers, SME Matchmaking, Seminar
Tuesday, 16 August, 2016 - 11:30 Matchmaking mission on renewable energy, São Paulo, Brazil, November 7-11, 2016 SME Matchmaking

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ESCP-4is targetting this country

Acronym Name Sector(s) Targeted third countries No. of SME involved No. of Partners
AdPack Future Materials and products for advanced smart packaging Paper and Packaging

AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Packaging / Handling
Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, United States 373 5
bioXclusters plus ESCP on Personalised Healthcare Biopharmaceuticals

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCESMedicine, Human HealthPharmaceutical Products / Drugs
Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea (South Korea), United States 880 4
EACP ABROAD Activities and Businesses from Real Opportunities for Aerospace Developments (EACP network) Aerospace Vehicles and Defense

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORTAerospace TechnologyAeronautical technology / Avionics
Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, United States 1355 11
EU4FOOD Global Alliance for the Development of International Food Bio-Based Clusters Food Processing and Manufacturing

AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Technology
Brazil, Chile, United States 477 7
MOVE Moving the Future Transportation and Logistics

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORTTransport InfrastructureLogistics
Brazil, Morocco 567 9
NATUREEF Natureef ESCP Environmental Services

PROTECTING MAN AND ENVIRONMENTEnvironmentEnvironmental Engineering / Technology
Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines 1232 9
New Frontier in Food New Frontiers for Emerging Industries in Food Food Processing and Manufacturing

AGROFOOD INDUSTRYTechnologies for the food industryFood Technology
Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Taiwan, Thailand, United States 514 4
PERES PERES-Promoting European Rail Excellence outSide EU Transportation and Logistics

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORTTransport InfrastructureRailway Transport
Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Mexico, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States 150 2
REINA PLUS Renewable Energy Internationalisation ESCP project for European SMEs Electric Power Generation and Transmission

ENERGYRenewable Sources of EnergyWind energy
Algeria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, United States 322 4
WIINTECH2020 Wiintech2020 Plastics

INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORTMaterials TechnologyPlastics, Polymers
Brazil, India, Japan, United States 401 2