BRILLIANT ClusterXchange success stories

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ClusterXChange SUCCESS

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STORIES Grant Agreement n° 874406 — BRILLIANT — COS-CLUSTER-2018-03-02
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WHO WE ARE

BRILLIANT is one of 13 European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence (ESCP-4x) selected under the European Cluster Excellence Programme and co-funded by the EU COSME programme to facilitate cross-cluster networking and learning, aiming at the professionalization of specialised and customised business support services to SMEs and implementing the ClusterXchange programme, the programme supporting short-term exchanges to better connect Europe’s industrial ecosystems.

BRILLIANT supported 7 INDUSTRIAL CLUSTERS OF LIGHTING, FURNITURE AND CONSTRUCTION in exploiting their potential as industrial network, by increasing skills and know-how of clusters managers and staff to better serve the needs and expectations of their companies and take on the Smart Home and Building market opportunities.

ELCA

European Lighting Cluster Alliance - COORDINATOR

CLUSTER LUMIÈRE

French lighting cluster of Auvergne Rhône Alpes

RETE DI IMPRESE LUCE IN VENETO

Italian lighting cluster of Veneto Region

CICAT

Clúster de Iluminación de Catalunya

Spanish lighting cluster of Catalunya Region

MIÉNK

IQ Kecskemét

Hungarian Open Innovation Cluster for Construction Industry

KLASTR CESKYCH NABYTKARU KČN

Cluster of Czech Furniture Manufacturers

CLUSTER LEGNO, ARREDO E SISTEMA CASA

Italian furniture cluster of Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

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MAIN FOCUS BRILLIANT focused on 3 main activities: BE BRILLIANT! ClusterXchange ACADEMY Series of tailored upskilling workshops to increase cluster managers knowledge and skill-sets necessary for managing cluster initiatives and developing value chains; BE STRATEGIC! peer review and guided self-learning process aimed at reinforcing clusters’ individual strategies; BE CURIOUS! ClusterXchange professional programme supporting short-term exchanges to better connect Europe’s industrial ecosystems; Target sectors: LIGHTING, FURNITURE and BUILDING with particular focus on SMART HOME, SMART BUILDING and SMART CITY concepts.
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ClusterXchange PILOT SCHEME WHAT IT IS?

ClusterXchange (CXC) is a program aiming to support short-term exchanges to better connect industrial ecosystems in Europe. It foresees the facilitation of transnational cooperation, peer learning, networking and innovation uptake between members of industrial clusters. It is implemented with support from Cluster Organisations that have teamed up as European Cluster Partnerships | Excellence (Partnerships).

The scheme is funded by the European Union through its program for Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME).

A CXC short-term exchange constitutes a stay abroad performed by a visiting organisation from an eligible country at a host organisation in another eligible country. An exchange can last from 3 working days (excl. travel days) to one month.

Participants (visitors and hosts) of a transnational exchange can be representatives of:

• clusters and business support organisations,

• scaling-up entities (R&D centres, DIHs, incubators, accelerators, etc.)

• SMEs from countries participating in the COSME programme

The stay is partly financed by the COSME programme through a lump sum paid to the Visitors for travel and accommodation expenses through the ESCP4x projects (like BRILLIANT).

Exchanges can be used to:

• Learn from actors in another cluster and/or other country

• Explore growth opportunities in new markets

• Foster the adoption of new technologies, digitalisation and green low-carbon solutions

• Invest in strategic interregional collaboration

BRILLIANT PARTNERS’ ECOSYSTEMS FOR CXC EXCHANGES

The geographical location of the BRILLIANT CXC Scheme covered the following countries: Italy, France, Spain, Czechia and Hungary.

HOSTING & VISITING ORGANISATIONS:

• BRILLIANT clusters (staff) and their members (SMEs, scaling-up organisations)

• Other SMEs that are non-members

• Other cluster organizations (outside the consortium)

NUMBER of EXCHANGES SUPPORTED

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NATURE OF BRILLIANT CXC EXCHANGE:

Types of activities BRILLIANT visiting and host organisations carried out during an exchange

were:

• Individual or grouped capacity building

• Sharing of knowledge, experience and information in specific areas

• Project development, innovation and research and development

• Market research, Internationalization activities

• Networking, identifying new partners and creating business opportunities

BRILLIANT INTERVIEWS

Visit our BRILLIANT website inserire link https://www.brilliantclusters.eu/cluster-xchange/ to download some interviews with visitors involved in the exchanges.

ClusterXchange

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ClusterXchange visit to CICAT Cluster de Illuminacion de Catalunya & its members, Barcelona (Spain).

HOST

• CICAT Cluster de Illuminacion de Catalunya (Spain)

VISITORS

• 3 SMEs BELONGING TO MIENK (Hungary): DVB Délmagyarországi Vasbetonipari Kft; GeoLink

3D Ltd and LittleShark Marketing Ltd

• 2 SMEs BELONGING RETE DI IMPRESE LUCE IN VENETO (Italy): Fairwind Srl and Nectogroup Srl

SYNTHESIS OF THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT

• Visit to the CICAT headquarter for a presentation of the cluster and its eco-system (Solartys, Smartec, Aepibal and Secartys)

• Reception meeting with the Smart City Expo Fair (inserire link https://www.smartcityexpo. com/ ) organisers, B2B meetings with CICAT SMEs attending the Fair and participation in workshops and congress

• Round table of the CxC partecipants

• Tailor-made thematic visit to CICAT firms’ showrooms (WeContract BCN and Cosentino)

• Deep-dive into a VIBIA design and production process during a dedicated visit

• Participation in the CICAT cocktail gala networking event

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16-17-18 November 2021

26-27-28 January 2022

ClusterXchange

visit to the PZPO Association & its members, Warsaw (Poland).

HOST

• PZPO Polski Związek Przemysłu Oświetleniowego - Polish Association of Lighting Industry (Poland)

VISITORS

• 3 SMEs BELONGING TO RETE DI IMPRESE LUCE IN VENETO: Ferroluce Srl, Siru Srl and Vetrart Snc

SYNTHESIS OF THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT

• Welcome and introduction to the PZPO Association: objectives, members and activities • Round table of the CxC partecipants • Reception meeting with the Light Fair (https://lightfair.pl/language/en/) organisers, B2B meetings with PZPO SMEs attending the Fair and participation in workshops and congress • B2B meetings with PZPO SMEs attending the Light Fair Fair

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7-8-9 June 2022

ClusterXchange visit to Cluster Arredo - Wood Furniture Home Cluster FVG & its members, Milan (Italy).

HOST

• Cluster Arredo - Wood Furniture Home Cluster FVG (Italy)

VISITORS

• 4 SMEs BELONGING to KCN KLASTR CESKYCH NABYTKARU KČN (Czechia): ABF, a.s., Bath4you, BENLEMI s.r.o. and WOOD 4 EVER

• 5 UP-SCALING INSTITUTES: Institute of Interior Designers (Czechia); Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology Mendel University in Brno (Czechia); NCFD National Centre of Furniture Design (Czechia); TZU TEXTILNÍ ZKUŠEBNÍ ÚSTAV, s.p. (Czechia) and THEHUB DESIGN AGENCY S.L. (Spain)

• 1 BRILLIANT CLUSTER: KCN Cluster of Czech Furniture Manufacturers (Czechia)

• 1 EXTRA-BRILLIANT CLUSTER: BIC Building Innovation Cluster (Austria)

SYNTHESIS OF THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT

• Introduction to the Cluster Arredo: objectives, members and activities

• Showcasing of the CxC Visiting organisations

• B2B meetings with Cluster Arredo SMEs attending the Salone del Mobile Fair

• Participation at the training workshop and conference panels at the Salone del Mobile fair

• Visit to the Brera Design Week 2022 companies’ showrooms focused on “Designing the present, choosing the future” Fuorisalone events

• Meeting with the Italian Association Federlegno Arredo – FLA:, heart of the Italian wood and furniture chain

• Meeting with Furniture Young Designers from the Universities and schools specialising in design.

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ClusterXchange visit to Cluster Lumière & its members, Lyon (France).

HOST

• Cluster Lumière (France)

VISITORS

• 3 SMEs BELONGING TO CICAT (Spain): Carandini, Polinter AND LEDS C4

• 1 SME BELONGING TO RETE DI IMPRESE LUCE IN VENETO (Italy): LDW Corradini Palandella

• 4 BRILLIANT CLUSTERS: CICAT (Spain); ELCA (Italy) and Rete di Imprese luce in Veneto (Italy)

• 1 EXTRA-BRILLIANT CLUSTER: PZPO Polski Związek Przemysłu Oświetleniowego (Poland)

SYNTHESIS OF THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT

• Introduction to the Cluster Lumière: objectives, members and activities

• Round table of the CxC partecipants

• B2B meetings with Cluster Lumière SMEs and business partners attending the Focales Forum

• Meeting with the Rhone Alpes regional stakeholders at the ACE Gala

• Presentation of the LUMEN Hub as the first Cité de la Lumière, site visit to the LUMEN Hub building and networking B2B meetings with Host members

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28-29-30 June 2022

7-8-9 September 2022

ClusterXchange

Lighting Design

«BRILLIANT

Lab

and

Outdoor training» organised by Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto & ELCA & its members, Castelfranco Veneto (Italy).

HOST

• Rete di Imprese Luce in Veneto & ELCA European Lighting Cluster Alliance (Italy)

VISITORS

• 2 SMEs FROM COUNTRIES PARTICIPATING IN THE COSME PROGRAMME: Angel Cerezo Cerezo estudio (Spain) and Battilani Elisa estudio (Spain)

• 1 UP-SCALING INSTITUTE: European Design School (Ukraine)

SYNTHESIS OF THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT

Educational and experiential 3-day program with the support of external experts on lighting design BRILLIANT Lighting Design Lab and Outdoor training» engaging CxC Visitors and local stakeholders (SMEs, designers, architects).

Conceived as an opportunity to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on lighting design, it involved the whole light chain (lighting fixtures, furniture, construction) in a specific urban space and building typologies. The focus was to conceptualize, test and realize a lighting project in real scale through the guidance of experienced workshop mentorsprofessional lighting designers.

The theoretical knowledge-transfer focused on the dialogue between light and architecture, and provided fundamentals of lighting and insights Why light up? - Who is the Lighting Designer - What is a lighting project: objectives and requirements? Participants learned about traditional sources vs LED Technology and deepen know how on different typologies of lighting bodies and light sources, energy saving vs. light pollution with concrete international case studies.

The practical training activities envisaged realization of a specific lighting project in real scale supported by local lighting companies who provided lighting products and supported by lighting designers – training couches.

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3-4-5 October 2022

ClusterXchange visit to Sklaer Lighting GmbH company & its partners, Frankfurt (Germany).

HOST

• Sklaer Lighting GmbH (Germany)

VISITORS

• 1 SMEs BELONGING TO CLUSTER LUMIERE (France): Wonderfulight

• 1 BRILLIANT CLUSTER: Mienk (Hungary)

SYNTHESIS OF THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT

• Presentation of Host and Visitors, their companies, products and solutions

• Participation in the L+B Light&Building Fair (inserire link a https://light-building. messefrankfurt.com/frankfurt/en.html) and introduction of its main goals and business opportunities offered to SMEs, distribution of the information to the participants

• Group visit to stands B2B meetings with SMEs business partner companies attending the L+B Fair and participation in the connected Intersec Forum and its training workshops and discussion panels

• Know-how Treasure hunt organised and coordinated by the Host and engaging all the Visitors

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