FEATURE: DANISH MARITIME FAIR 2016
BY FINN BRUUN
FUNEN AIMS HIGH
One of the overall foot prints of the Danish Maritime Fair this year is the Maritime Cluster Funen, where the cluster not only shows the achievements of a number of prominent and innovative blue enterprises from Funen, but also gives a strong picture of the regional capabilities.
roels J. Ankerstjerne, Business Developer Maritime Cluster Funen, part of the Developing Funen, says: - We are wide range of companies on Funen, that all relate to the maritime environment. When someone creates a maritime exhibition in Denmark, we need to be present - both as a cluster and as companies. We need to present ourselves in a positive light, and when we have the opportunity to do so in a shared pavilion such as this, the project is definitely worth supporting. We have done so since 2014. This way, we show just how many companies in Funen that have something to offer.
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Â - I know that there have been challenges, but it is difficult to start up such an exhibition from scratch, and I believe that we, as a development company with clear maritime interests, must take part. Our companies find participation in the Fair really positive, even though some may previously have lacked something. Patience is required. - We call ourselves Maritime Cluster Funen because we have 200 maritime companies on Funen. - When the market is under pressure as it is now, then comes innovation. People are forced to look
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at other means or new products, solutions or new collaborations where two-three companies team up and find common solutions covering a wider market or broader ranges of products to cover the market. COMPETE AND COOPERATE - For us, it is important to support the participating companies in getting their message out in the press and in being visible on a fair such as this. The cluster is the hub. It is the companies we are promoting, he says and mentions that the cooperation in clusters work well even among competing companies.