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  • Art on Chairs: Crecimiento inteligente: innovación en las PYMEs

    Art on Chairs: Crecimiento inteligente: innovación en las PYMEs

    31/03/2014

    La industria del mueble ha sido una de las principales actividades económicas en la ciudad de Paredes, en el norte de Portugal, con la mayor concentración de fábricas de sillas en Europa, y representa el 65 % de la producción nacional de muebles. Aunque esta industria era en su momento muy productiva, tiene ahora una imagen de industria anticuada y conservadora. Art on Chairs ha dado un nuevo aliento a esta industria tradicional asociándola al mundo del diseño para hacer de la fabricación de sillas un arte. Esta cooperación ha fomentado la creatividad de esta industria, ha mejorado su productividad y ha aumentado las exportaciones internacionales.

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  • Technological advancement in Flanders' health care system through Smart Specialisation

    Technological advancement in Flanders' health care system through Smart Specialisation

    08/11/2013

    Like many regions of Europe, Flanders in Belgium is seeing an increase in the life expectancy of its inhabitants.

    This shift in demographics brings up a series of questions about how the medical system works and what needs transforming. Moving towards 'personalised care and cure' through Smart Systems has become necessary in order to continue offering accessible healthcare to patients.

    Bringing together clusters from biotechnology and nanotechnology is what Flanders has opted to do. Nano for Health is one of many good examples of Smart Specialisation in Europe. There are two objectives: to preserve the healthcare system and to diversify the economy thanks to these innovative solutions.

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  • The Kingdom of Smart

    The Kingdom of Smart

    08/11/2013

    All is not well in the Kingdom of Smart…

    Find out how the concept of Smart Specialisation can help the King of Smart boost his Kingdom's economy and to create Growth and Jobs.

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  • Smart Specialisation in Poland takes off for the future through the Flaris project

    Smart Specialisation in Poland takes off for the future through the Flaris project

    08/11/2013

    Lower Silesia in Poland is a mountainous province which welcomes tourists, an industrial centre specialising in large machinery, energy equipment and household appliances. On its own, Lower Silesia accounts for around 8% of Poland’s Gross Value Added. However, this strong economic situation does not stop it from wanting to diversify through new projects based on innovation.

    Flaris is the name of a five-seater family jet-plane developed in Poland through the co-operation of specialists from different European countries. It is made out of extremely light composite materials and is a true revolution in the category of small and lightweight jets. The EU funded Flaris project aims at opening up new market opportunities through innovation, just as the European Union recommends in its Smart Specialisation strategies.  

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  • Smart Specialisation: PLOCAN Oceanic Research Centre on the Canary Islands

    Smart Specialisation: PLOCAN Oceanic Research Centre on the Canary Islands

    08/11/2013

    The Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean have seen unemployment levels skyrocket after the financial crisis of 2008. The restructuring of economic activity to enhance this remote region's competitiveness is therefore urgent.

    Smart Specialisation has put the focus on the ocean. PLOCAN is a competence centre for marine issues, funded by the EU, and provides an infrastructure for developing cutting edge research and advanced ocean technology. The facility, which comprises of a scientific and an industrial test site offers its users not only data and knowledge on oceanic parameters, but also offers services and facilities like the transport of scientific equipment from origin to PLOCAN, lab space, technicians, support vessels and underwater vehicles.

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  • Smart Specialisation for the shoe business in the Marche Region

    Smart Specialisation for the shoe business in the Marche Region

    08/11/2013

    Like the rest of Italy, the Marche region has been affected by the international financial crisis. The footwear sector, a traditionally handcrafted activity which accounts for over 50% of exports, has been particularly hard-hit.

    It was therefore necessary to come up with a Smart Specialisation strategy to modernise equipment and re-stimulate growth and strengthen employment. Innovations such as the automation of the production chain, or developing health and wellbeing products, or offering shoes made to measure thanks to 3D scanners are some of the solutions offered by Smart Specialisation.

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  • RegioStars 2012 - ECO WORLD STYRIA - Boosting employment through a world-beating network of green-tech companies

    RegioStars 2012 - ECO WORLD STYRIA - Boosting employment through a world-beating network of green-tech companies

    13/06/2012Eco World Styria started up in 2005, in Austria’s Styria region, with the aim of creating a location for the development of innovative green businesses, able to compete with the best at a global level. Since then, it has established itself as a ground breaker in developing clean, environmentally friendly technologies. By encouraging cleantech companies with innovative ideas, this outstanding project has helped create 5 000 jobs and grow the local economy. These local firms have expanded their workforce by over 10% a year, on average. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Smart Growth category

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  • Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria - RegioStars 2012

    Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria - RegioStars 2012

    13/06/2012A portrait of Petra Könighofer from Eco World Styria Eco World Styria started up in 2005, in Austria’s Styria region, with the aim of creating a location for the development of innovative green businesses, able to compete with the best at a global level. Since then, it has established itself as a ground breaker in developing clean, environmentally friendly technologies. By encouraging cleantech companies with innovative ideas, this outstanding project has helped create 5 000 jobs and grow the local economy. These local firms have expanded their workforce by over 10% a year, on average. Winner of the RegioStars 2012 Award - Smart Growth category

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  • Robotdalen, Västmanland county, Sweden

    Robotdalen, Västmanland county, Sweden

    27/04/2010This film is part of a series of four reports (Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark, Finland) produced within the framework of launching the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea. They present projects co-funded by the European Commission under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Specialising in robotics in the broad sense, the Swedish centre of excellence known as Robotdalen (“robot valley”) aims to boost Västmanland county’s competitiveness and potential in terms of attracting foreign investment. With direct support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the initiative finances and, where relevant, helps companies and engineers in the field of innovation, research and technological development to find sources of funding.

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  • The ERDF in Germany’s new Länder

    The ERDF in Germany’s new Länder

    10/01/2009"We want to be German Europeans and European Germans," said former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in relation to German reunification. Twenty years on, EU funds (ERDF) were allocated to the new federal states (Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg, and part of Berlin).The €46 billion between 1990 and 2013 are making success stories like Biocity in Leipzig and an urban development project in Merseburg possible.

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  • RegioStars 2009 : Cenaero centre

    RegioStars 2009 : Cenaero centre

    02/01/2009This video showcases Cenaero, a centre of excellence in aeronautical research that plays a leading economic development role in Wallonia. The centre’s success is based essentially on increased cooperation between universities and industry, making it one of the leading-edge hubs in Europe within the field of digital simulation, particularly for aerospace applications.

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