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Relevance of the topics maritime industries/energy/food for the BSR + EU
The European maritime industry is an important industry in its own right. On one hand this is one of the oldest traditional industries in Europe, on the other hand it is a major service provider to other industries and a major contributor to the wealth of the European Union through both manufactured products and services. Furthermore, the maritime industry secures today more that 2 million jobs in Europe.
Maritime industry is present in all countries of the Baltic Sea Region, and is particularly important for a sustainable economic growth in diverse regions. The maritime industry has demonstrated a high innovation capacity in the last years, specially the SMEs active in this sector.
Traditionally, European maritime industry consists of shipbuilders, boat builders, repairers, retailers of marine products, service providers, equipment manufacturers, logistics experts, seafarers, fishers and many other related activities.

Selected priority supply markets - emerging markets, innovative markets etc.
BalticSupply aims to create better business opportunities for the many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) located in the Baltic Sea Region.As global competition intensifies, we believe that government and small businesses must work together and unite behind a strategy: bringing together the SMEs with the end-users (in this case the OEMs) in order to create new business opportunities.
We posed the big questions: how can SMEs and OEMs collaborate? What are the global trends and where are the opportunities for SMEs? What are the drivers for change? We have begun to answer these questions and have used our findings to formulate a shared approach and to define three target markets in the maritime industry.

These selected markets are:
 

  • Green Shipping
  • Off-shore (Cross clusters combining with energy and food)
  • Supply
  • Technology
  • Security, Safety and surveillance

We have identified that innovative SMEs have the best opportunities for access to supply chains in emerging markets. For this reason we decided to target the so called “innovative markets”. Those markets are characterised by high innovative and sophisticated products and small batches. The two characteristics would allow the cooperation between specialised SMEs and OEMs.

Relevant statistics or indicative data for the selected supply markets
These markets can not be exactly quantified due to the fact that most of the technology existing has a pre-commercial status. The demand can not be defined at this point of time. However, the climate change, the current individual threats (terrorism and piracy) and the new demands of the International, European and National legislations are creating new needs!
On one hand, the European and national funding programmes supporting the development of such technology are the ideal platform for the cooperation between SMEs and OEM regarding technology going beyond the current state-of-the-art. On the other hand, specialized SMEs could take over part of the RTD activities of the OEMs on a commercial (outsourcing).

What the cluster can offer to them (precise opportunities and/or benefits)
BalticSupply aims at the establishment of a cluster in order to facilitate the direct contact between end-users and SMEs as well as to promote the co-operation between SMEs in Europe through the following services:
 

  • Networking (information exchange and brokerage events)
  • Cooperation for development of products / research activities (between SMEs and OEMs as well as between SMEs)
  • Marketing platform (shop-window and active promotion e.g. in trade fairs
  • Training and coaching for SMEs e.g. preparing a bid for a EU-founded project or preparing a business plan for taking over RTD activities from OEMs.

Relevance of the topics maritime industries/energy/food for the BSR + EU
The European maritime industry is an important industry in its own right. On one hand this is one of the oldest traditional industries in Europe, on the other hand it is a major service provider to other industries and a major contributor to the wealth of the European Union through both manufactured products and services. Furthermore, the maritime industry secures today more that 2 million jobs in Europe.
Maritime industry is present in all countries of the Baltic Sea Region, and is particularly important for a sustainable economic growth in diverse regions. The maritime industry has demonstrated a high innovation capacity in the last years, specially the SMEs active in this sector.
Traditionally, European maritime industry consists of shipbuilders, boat builders, repairers, retailers of marine products, service providers, equipment manufacturers, logistics experts, seafarers, fishers and many other related activities.

Selected priority supply markets - emerging markets, innovative markets etc.
BalticSupply aims to create better business opportunities for the many small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) located in the Baltic Sea Region.As global competition intensifies, we believe that government and small businesses must work together and unite behind a strategy: bringing together the SMEs with the end-users (in this case the OEMs) in order to create new business opportunities.
We posed the big questions: how can SMEs and OEMs collaborate? What are the global trends and where are the opportunities for SMEs? What are the drivers for change? We have begun to answer these questions and have used our findings to formulate a shared approach and to define three target markets in the maritime industry.

These selected markets are:
 

  • Green Shipping
  • Off-shore (Cross clusters combining with energy and food)
  • Supply
  • Technology
  • Security, Safety and surveillance

We have identified that innovative SMEs have the best opportunities for access to supply chains in emerging markets. For this reason we decided to target the so called “innovative markets”. Those markets are characterised by high innovative and sophisticated products and small batches. The two characteristics would allow the cooperation between specialised SMEs and OEMs.

Relevant statistics or indicative data for the selected supply markets
These markets can not be exactly quantified due to the fact that most of the technology existing has a pre-commercial status. The demand can not be defined at this point of time. However, the climate change, the current individual threats (terrorism and piracy) and the new demands of the International, European and National legislations are creating new needs!
On one hand, the European and national funding programmes supporting the development of such technology are the ideal platform for the cooperation between SMEs and OEM regarding technology going beyond the current state-of-the-art. On the other hand, specialized SMEs could take over part of the RTD activities of the OEMs on a commercial (outsourcing).

What the cluster can offer to them (precise opportunities and/or benefits)
BalticSupply aims at the establishment of a cluster in order to facilitate the direct contact between end-users and SMEs as well as to promote the co-operation between SMEs in Europe through the following services:
 

  • Networking (information exchange and brokerage events)
  • Cooperation for development of products / research activities (between SMEs and OEMs as well as between SMEs)
  • Marketing platform (shop-window and active promotion e.g. in trade fairs
  • Training and coaching for SMEs e.g. preparing a bid for a EU-founded project or preparing a business plan for taking over RTD activities from OEMs.