CLUSME - Cluster-based marketing and export in mechatronics
The main achievement of project CLUSME is broad contact network and strong metacluster between enterprises and organisations from participating countries and target markets. Entreprises involved in project activities have started export activities in 3 new markets: Georgia, Uzbekistan and Republic of South Africa.
Thanks to this project preconditions to beneficiaries (SMEs) from mechanical engineering and mechatronics sectors were created.
Project CLUSME was initially directed to mechanical engineering and mechatronics sector but during implementation education and sustainable green technologies were also included as potential development sectors in target countries. One of the most important cooperation initiative was developed between educational organisations to support qualified and skilled workers in chosen sectors that would make it possible for our SMEs to operate in these markets. Effective collaboration agreements and contracts were concluded between educational and R&D organisations.
Preconditions were created to expand export from highly compressed markets to new, growing and powerful markets. There was a functioning metacluster created based on cooperation of project partners. Also favorable preconditions for business development between beneficiaries and organizations on target market were created. Strong and wide network of partners in target markets was developed to support export activities also in the future.
Altogether more than 300 enterprises have received non-financial support by getting information needed to start business in target markets, by developed contact network, by being advised how to adapt their products and services to the target market needs.
The main result indicator of the specific objective of the project has been the number of cluster co-operations exporting to new markets. There are 9 enterprises who have started export and 18 enterprises and organizations who
had contracted and starting their enlargements to these markets. Due to the process of entering these target markets is long, it is assumed that during following years there will be more enterprises and organisations related this project who will be starting their businesses in these markets.
- 9 companies participating in project activities have started export activities in 3 new markets: Georgia, Uzbekistan and Republic of South Africa
- more than 300 enterprises have received non-financial support by getting information needed for starting business in target market