CLUSTER S3, Interregional Workshop and Cluster Conference-March 2018

Cluster Manager of FEMAC, Mr. Enric Pedrós, was invited ta take part of the panel “Cluster capability building tools and approaches to innovation, internationalisation, sustainability and cluster management competencies ” ,  in the meeting of CLUSTERS3 Conference : Powering innovation & building capacity. The Conference programme was designed to tackle as many of the issues raised to date during CLUSTERS3 two year learning journey and hence the speakers have all been sought to reflect on some aspect pertaining to cluster capacity/capability building from a Government perspective, Industry Perspective, Cluster Manager Perspective, Academic Perspective. To find out more about clusters and how they can drive individual company growth, join us at our conference where international speakers from Norway, Canada, Denmark and Spain will share their success stories.

The conference was hosted jointly by Invest NI and the Department of the Economy, both of which are partners in the Interreg-funded CLUSTERS3 project.

Working Meeting on Mexican-Guatemalan cross-border cooperation-February 2018

On February 28, 2018, the first working meeting between Mexico and Guatemala was held within the framework of the INNOVACT project with more than 80 participants, including national and regional authorities of both countries, private companies, academia, researchers and associations that represent groups of private companies, which are part of the ecosystem of each of the selected value chains.

Different presentations were held about the importance of innovation and cooperation between both countries. Two European experts, the first one with great experience in Agriculture and Information Technologies , Mr. Enric Pedros, Cluster Manager at FEMAC spoke about Innovation and cooperation in the agri-food sector, specifically about the challenges of digitization, while the Energy expert (Vlasta Krmelj) spoke about the experience and good practices of cross-border cooperation in the Energy Value Chain in Slovenia. Both experts helped to guide the debate and propose approaches to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the selected value chains.

In this event, the sensitization of the different actors of Mexico and Guatemala was achieved, they were motivated and eager to learn from the different European experiences in territorial cohesion, innovation and cross-border cooperation in order to develop different action plans.

The future role of IoT, Big Data, Machine learning and Robotics in the agri-implement sector: Theory & Case Studies, February 2018

FEMAC in collaboration with the Danish Cluster  INBIOM, organizes a workshop on robotics applied to agriculture within the framework of the Zaragoza Fair, on February 22, 2018. The future role of the IOT technologies, the use of BIG DATA, and robotics in the agri-food sector. At the meeting, the researcher, Mr. Josep Pijuan of the EURECAT Technology Center, gave an exposition of the possibilities of the BIG DATA in the AGRO sector, and he explained the initiative that the University of Lleida is carrying out to create the Digital Innovation Hub- A  AGRITECH BIG DATA. Mr. Calus Morten, Cluster Manager of INBIOM, presented the works that are being carried out within the Cluster in the field of robotics, and Mr. Kristian Møller of Agrointelli, presented the latest news of his company, and the Professor SOREN SKOVSEN, from the University of Arhus, the latest work in artificial intelligence.Participating companies include INESTEC   of Portugal,  GMVof Madrid, Universidad Polítecnica de Madrid, and Cluster firms FEMAC,  BATSI and  ITC, SL,  among others.

 

 

TECHNOLOGICAL AND COMMERCIAL MISSION IN THE USA, February 2018

Agriculture in the United States is one of the most important economic activities and the country is a net exporter of food. In California, the sixth world economy in terms of GDP, agriculture, although it is in the last position in aggregate values ​​of production, is one of the states of the USA where it obtains a higher added value. In addition, California is known for its advances in the application of new technologies to agriculture, and in particular, the wine sector is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.

The purpose of this business mission was to know firsthand the latest developments in the agricultural world, and to contact potential distributors of agricultural equipment and products for the State of California.

This mission counted on the participation of several companies of the sector, among which there were ARCUSIN, SA, JYMPA1978, SL, CERLESA, SA., And FERRETERIA RAMON SOLER, SA, in addition to the ITC, SL company that had a stand in the WORLD AG EXPO fair together with your distributor.

During the Mission, meetings were held with companies in the sector, and FEMAC had a meeting with the company VISION ROBOTICS of Sant Diego, specialized in the manufacture of robots for use in agriculture.

TRACE-KEI 2nd Joint Study visit and 2nd Training Programme were held in Budapest-February 2018

TRACE-KEI 2nd Joint Study visit and 2nd Training Programme were held in Budapest in Februrary 5-7..

The 2nd Joint training was targeted to the 7 TRACE-KEI clusters’ managers (DAREInnoskartMadan ParqueEURA/BiomastecAgrofood clusterGreen Synergy Cluster and Cluster for Energy efficiency)  and covered the following topics: Business planning and Cluster branding. It was discussed how to improve clusters’ managers skills in strategic planning, to improve their services, to increase their visibility at national and international level, to give the cluster managers a deeper knowledge about cluster planning and marketing.

The other module was Internationalization, presented by Mr Enric Pedros, manager of FEMAC Gold Labelled cluster. He presented very interesting possibilities for cross-cluster collaborations. The Study visit started with introducing the Hungary Cluster Developments towards the Excellence with the kind participation of Mr Gál Körmendy. Peer Review meeting and networking were organized, where the TRACE-KEI partners had the chance to meet other Hungarian clusters in field of ICT and Energy and to share different ideas and experience for future actions.