On July 29th 2010 an exchange visit was held in Veneto in order to deepen the “Cluster Programme”, the good practice selected by the Maramures Region and exported by Veneto Innovazione and the Veneto Region.
On July 29th 2010 an exchange visit was held in Veneto in order to deepen the “Cluster Programme”, the good practice selected by theMaramures Region and exported by Veneto Innovazione and the Veneto Region. The meeting took place at the Regional Directorate “Economic Development Research and Innovation”.
The promotion of the cluster system’s good practice is a relevant topic both in the Veneto Region agenda and in the implementation of the INTERREG IVC project MINI EUROPE. The Maramures delegation included representatives of the academic and the business community: Prof Dr. Eng Radu Cotetiu, the Dean of Engineering Faculty, North University Baia Mare, Prof. Dr. Eng Mircea Lobontiu, director of Engineering and Technological Management Department, Engineering Faculty, North University Baia Mare; Florentin Tus, secretary general of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Maramures, Lucian Micu, director of marketing – AMI SA Company, Nicolae Dascalescu, director TECHNOCAD SA Company and Mihaela Lite – regional manager MINIEUROPE.
During the opening session, Mr. Michele Pelloso, the Director of the Industry Department of the Veneto Region, introduced the visit emphasising the importance to share Good Practices to improve regional policies. Mr. Pier Antonio Nicoletti, Responsible of the Regional District Office, presented the Regional Scheme supporting Clusters.
Three different Veneto Region clusters shared their experience: the Footwear Cluster presented by Ms. Simionato Claudia, the Refricold Cluster presented by Ms. Roberta D’Orazio and the Nanotech Cluster presented by Ms. Federica Lodato.
The event continued with a visit of NanoFAB, the Veneto Nanotech laboratory set in the Science Park VEGA in Venice and with a meeting with Veneto Union of the Chambers of Commerce of Veneto Region, Mr. Francesco Pareti.
Mr. Nicoletti underlined the added value al that an SME can acquire as a cluster member. The cluster’s SMEs, in fact, can maintain their individuality and at the same time have access to opportunities typical of large companies like fair participation, access to new markets and utilization of innovative materials and tools.
Mr. Nicoletti brought two examples: the participation of the Packaging Cluster to an important trade fair where the SMEs promoted themselves with a unique coordinated image (same stands, layout and catalogue) as a one stop shop for their big clients. The other one: the possibiliy for the “Carousel” cluster to involve the Aerospace department of Padua University in the research of the velocity effects on human body in order to prevent possible accidents and disseminate the results in all the cluster companies.
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