A visit exchange of Patras Science Park staff with the local stakeholders of the good practice i-Creo was held on the 22nd and 23rd July 2010 in IMPIVA, Valencia. The purpose of the visit was to present and better understand the implementation of the good practice, the methodology and results of “I-Creo”. IMPIVA hosted the […]
A visit exchange of Patras Science Park staff with the local stakeholders of the good practice i-Creo was held on the 22nd and 23rd July 2010 in IMPIVA, Valencia. The purpose of the visit was to present and better understand the implementation of the good practice, the methodology and results of “I-Creo”. IMPIVA hosted the meeting as the coordinating organization of I-Creo in Valencia Region along with the collaboration of the industrial associations of the region.
The attendants of the meeting were Mr. Francisco Ferrando, Head of the International Programs Department, Mr Luis Pena the manager and network coordinator of I-Creo, Mrs Elena Uviedo, the expert for the ceramic sector association, Mrs Laure Santos Silvestre, the expert of the textile sector association, Mr Luis Iranzo, expert of the infants’ sector association and the representatives from Patras Science Park: Dr. Chrysostomos Stylios, Regional Content Manager of MINI Europe project for Western Greece, Ms Eleni Arvaniti and Mrs Foteini Stefanou, members of the implementation team of MINI Europe in Western Greece.
The meeting started with the presentation of IMPIVA, a regional organization for supporting Small and Medium Enterprises in Valencia region. IMPIVA participates in many national and international projects. As a Regional Innovation Authority, IMPIVA offers technical support in SMEs for the participation and preparation of sector project proposals
IMPIVA initiates project i-Creo, whose concept is to create a think tank and a network of debate (I-Creo Network) consisted of a group of experts for each one of the main economic sectors of the Valencia Region. The main goal of i-Creo is to bring the initiatives to the sectors and to concrete industrial projects. The main scope of the network is to identify and promote business opportunities and to gather information so that to start up innovation strategies in each sector. I-Creo is the innovation ambassador of IMPIVA.
After the presentation of IMPIVA activities and a short summary on the objectives and results of i-Creo, the meeting continued with the presentations of the treated sectors (textile, ceramics, child-care products). More specifically:
Mrs Laura Santos Silvestre presented the ATEVAL which is the Textile Association of Comunitat Valenciana and is contributing to the progress of the textile companies through a key role in promoting innovation, increasing business competitiveness and improving its position in the international market.
Mrs Elena Uviedo, presented the ASCER -Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association-. She explained that in 2006 this association was involved in only three industrial projects and in 2009 after the contribution of i-Creo, the companies of the association became more competitive, more innovative and the association participated in 22 projects.
Mr. Luis Iranzo presented the ASEPRI (ASOCIACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE PRODUCTOS PARA LA INFANCIA), its objectives, and the methodology in implementing i-Creo within this association. Through i-Creo, ASEPRI managed to succeed direct collaboration with 20 industrial sectors and to provide trends innovation to 200 regional SME companies
All the experts, who presented the activities of the associations, agreed that the most important issue is to promote the innovation culture into the enterprises, make them believe that they have to look for the “new ideas” and the “new product” and this can be implemented via the collaboration with other companies-sectors and by exchanging knowledge.
A constructive discussion between the attendants followed after the presentations of the associations and questions were answered about issues linked to the successful transfer of this good practice to Greece.
The next day a study visit was organized to the Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV), a technology organization, member of i-Creo. There, several bio-machines and the products resulted from the collaboration of IBV with SMEs companies (in the framework of i-Creo) were presented.
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