The European Cluster Strategic Partnerships for Excellence, CLAMTEX – Cluster management towards excellence in Advanced Manufacturing and Textile Industry, met again in-person for the Steering Committee meeting in Nantes, hosted by EMC2, on October 7th and 8th.
CLAMTEX is one out of 13 funded consortiums at European level, led by AEI Tèxtils. The partnership is composed by four other clusters, ATEVAL in Valencia, PRODUCTECH and the Textile Cluster both in Portugal, and EMC2 in France.
The project, co-funded under the COSME program from the European Union, aims to strengthen cluster management excellence to boost the specialized advanced textile materials’ innovation eco-system by promoting the cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration to facilitate the uptake of digitalization within and beyond the partnership.
CLAMTEX is also implementing the ClusterXchange pilot scheme to facilitate SME international experiences across Europe for generating business and innovation opportunities.
During this Steering Committee meeting, the partners participated in a coaching session on “design fiction” as a creative tool to roadmap and long-term planning. The session will enable the different clusters in developing new services and support mechanisms to improve the competitiveness of their members.
Within the meeting, the consortium reviewed the final version of the market studies and value chain potential to be published shortly, the new pilot services that are being developed, and the planning for the next ClusterXchange activities.
In the coming months, the consortium will continue with the partnership joint strategy, the strengthening of the cluster management to generate opportunities for its members and the implementation of mobility programs within EU within the ClusterXhange.