Opatija – drvna konferencija Opatija – wood conference 4-5.06.2018.

Construction cluster Dundjer as a participantant at Interreg project Danubiovalnet – Cross-clustering partnership for boosting eco-innovation
by developing a joint bio-based value-added network for the Danube Region, took part at the 15. wood processing conference in Opatija, Croatia, as a best practice example.

Also at the conference the 3rd Cluster Manager Training will be held on Tuesday, June 5th, from 08.30-10.30 am.

Training on the Development of New Cluster Services.
Intensifying of Cross-sectoral Co-operation in Bio-based Industries

Participants: project partners, scientific-research institutions, companies and clusters
Moderator: Daniel Cosnita, Clustero (Romania)
Co-moderator: Paulina Tomašković, Ministry of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts of Republic of Croatia

The workshop is intended for all interested entrepreneurs and cluster initiatives.
Successful EU Cluster Managers will present tools and best practices for improving work and the competitiveness of cluster practices.
The emphasis will be on cross-sectoral and international co-operation, EU projects and developing new cluster initiatives in the field of bio-based industries.


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  1. Title of the good practice

Cluster support to the creation of start-up company, Commercialization of Cross-sectoral Innovation

  1. Location of the good practice

Niš, South and East Serbia Region

 Start date of the good practice and end date 01/10/2014 until 01/02/2017

 Description of the good practice

In order to enhance the level of innovation of cluster SMEs, Construction cluster Dunđer supported the special interest group and facilitate the collaboration between the companies from different sectors that were gathered to commercialize the results of the research project that had developed the new insulation product.

The Project IZORTEX was initiated by cluster Dunđer with three cluster members companies: Eromitex, Pinter-Odplast and Vagres. The duration of the projet was one year. The idea was to utilize and upgrade and the results of the 3 years FP7 project STOREPET, funded by EU under Grant Agreement No. 286730 (https://sites.google.com/a/storepet-fp7.eu/storepet/consortium-and-management) that DUNDJER took part as one of 20 partners. Among other results, this project has developed a new nonwoven insulation product that integrates phase change material with heat storage capacity skills for light weight houses”. The IZORTEX project supported the etablishmnt of start-up company Pinter-Odplast with the core activity of the production of textile insulation material. Cluster Dunđer provided support in initiating the project, finding a source of funding, supporting the collaboration of the partners, managing a project, promoting results. The interest of the other company that participated in the project, prominent construction company Vagres, was to have bio-based good quality insulation material for their  light-weight-houses.


  1. Beneficiaries of the service were 3 cluster members companies: 2 producing insulation material and one in construction sector. The project represents the case of good practice with tangible results. The other cluster members are indirect beneficiaries since that they are aware of the availability of the service. Indirect beneficiaries are also the companies from construction sector who have better supply of insulation materials

has the new source of quality insulation materials,  by means of “learning by doing”  triggering individual and institutional learning processes.

25 cluster members took part in the project

  • 5 companies beneficiating from diverse consultancy services
  • 3 companies are investors
  • 2 faculties are engaged
  • 3 software companies are involved
  • 5 design biros will use the new material
  • 7 construction companies will use the material
  1. Output and Results
    Output: 25 companies participating in the project

1 new company established

New product launched to the market

Impact: Closing the value chain loop, to make it more efficient; Demonstration effect to other companies; the newly established company is still working on the market with good business results.

7.Lessons Learned

While the methodology might seem classical at first glance, it is the joint team “consultant – cluster manager” that ensures its success from several points of view: to the consultant team, it offers an easier access to the SMEs and facilitates the promotion of services; to the company, it offers a more filtered and focused access to relevant information and “tailor made” support in view of innovation; to the cluster manager, it raises the level of trust from the side of the member companies, it helps management diversify the spectrum of activities and services and increases the degree of cooperation between members

  1.  Transferability to the biobased industry

The approach is relevant for the bio-based industry. The result is the commercialization of the bio-based product that will be utilized in Construction sector. It is the way that well established classic sector – Construction sector become the part of Bio-based value chain.





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