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Project Objectives

PROJECT OBJECTIVES


The main objective of the project is to increase the competitiveness of enterprises in the sector of casting in Eastern Poland through the development of the Eastern Casting Cluster KOM-CAST.

The main objective of the project complies with the main objective of Action I.4 “Promotion and Cooperation” (a component of the Operational Program for the Development of Eastern Poland), defined as “creating a permanent cooperation platform among the regions of Eastern Poland”.

Creating and developing a cooperative network in three out of five voivodeships in Eastern Poland (Podkarpackie, Świętokrzyskie, Lubelskie), as well as attempting to make other Eastern Poland voivodeships members of the group, will contribute to the realization of the strategic goal of the development policy for Eastern Poland, which consists in increasing the level of economic, social, and territorial cohesion of the region through forming powerful and long-lasting bonds.
 

 The project fits into the objective of the 2007-2013 National Strategic Reference Framework: “Creating the conditions for the increase of competitiveness of the Polish economy based on the knowledge and entrepreneurship able to guarantee an increase of the employment rate and social, economic, and spatial cohesion”. Concentrating in a cluster entities from the region of Podkarpacie, Ziemia Świętokrzyska, and Lubelszczyzna will contribute to increasing the Eastern voivodeships’ competitiveness and investment attractiveness through, among others, initiatives in the field of enterprise development. The Eastern Casting Cluster, convened within the project, will concentrate enterprises, including those from the sphere of Small and Medium Enterprises and Large ones, as well as academic units and business support institutions; through this it will fit into the framework of the main objective of Action I.4, which is, “starting and strengthening cooperation among subjects of regional research and economy, as well as territorial autonomy within the network of cooperation and cluster initiatives”. It will also be in line with the main objective of the axis I of the Operational Program for the Development of Eastern Poland, i.e. “stimulating the development of competitive knowledge-based economy”.
 

The actions undertaken within the framework of the convened Cluster will be aimed at a harmonious development of casting enterprises in the scope of employed technologies, making for the achievement of a better market position for the companies within the Cluster and the increase of their competitiveness, as well as a vertical and horizontal transfer of knowledge. It will also enable the development of innovation processes and the improvement of the competitiveness of regional economy.
 

The realization of the project, including maintaining closer relations among local and foreign organizations, companies and institutions, will allow for an increase of external investment in the region and a decrease of the distance which separates  the regions of Eastern Poland from other, highly-developed regions of the European Union member countries and Poland.

The specific (direct) objectives related to the Project realization and the undertaken actions will be as follows:

  1. Creating organizational and financial conditions which will enable the functioning of the Cluster through renting space for the cluster’s premises and running the office (office personnel), as well as drafting the strategic documentation for the Cluster.
  2. Strengthening the cooperation and collaboration among the entities of the Cluster with the aim of raising the level of innovation of the sector through providing the Cluster members with consulting in such topics as innovation technologies for component production, commissioning research-and-development work to one of the Cluster members and implementing its results in enterprises, designing and making available a portal for the Cluster, together with the internal system for sharing information, as well as arranging cyclical meetings of the Cluster’s Board.
  3. Releasing a significant innovation potential of the Cluster by commissioning research-and-development work to one of the Cluster members and implementing the results in enterprises.
  4. Improving the quality parameters of the products in offer and streamlining production processes by commissioning research-and-development work to one of the Cluster members and implementing the results in enterprises.
  5. Starting and maintaining cooperation with partners from the homeland and from abroad, including business partners, other Clusters, and research-and-development units, through organizing promotional-and-informative seminars, conferences, and administrative missions.
  6. Increasing the number of Cluster members by including also trade enterprises, business support institutions and research units through organizing promotional-and-informative seminars, conferences, and trade missions.
  7. Increasing the recognizability of the “KOM-CAST” brand, a synonym to casting components of the highest quality, through the popularization (in seminars, conferences, and trade missions) of these components among their domestic and foreign recipients, thus increasing the clients’ awareness on the quality of the components.
  8. Promoting Eastern Poland as Poland’s most efficient casting region through designing, producing, and distributing promotional materials, as well as organizing promotional-and-informative seminars, conferences, and trade missions.

The above-presented objectives were defined on the basis of direct interviews conducted among the members of KOM-CAST with the drafting of the present project, as well as on the basis of data gathered from direct discussions and talks with the business partners, including the main recipients of the components on offer (e.g. enterprises in the field of electro-engineering industry) and other cooperative networks present in the region and interested in collaboration with Eastern Casting Cluster KOM-CAST.
 

 The project is realized in reply to diagnosed problems of the target group and is to satisfy all the group’s needs.



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