The European electronics manufacturing industry is facing strong global competition in all parts of the value chain. European ICT components and manufacturing clusters have an important role to play to develop EU competitiveness and contribute to win the innovation challenge.

The study "Strategies for Innovative and Effective ICT Components and Systems Manufacturing in Europe" has identified and profiled 48 European clusters, focusing on their strengths and weaknesses and their key success factors for innovation performance.

A comparative analysis with 10 leading international clusters, from the US and Asia, has led us to identify the most effective mix of policies and funding measures, able to support the successful development of the clusters.

The study found that there is already a wide array of policies for clusters, mainly in the area of innovation and R&D. Clusters are becoming a preferred channel for national and EU research funding, thanks to their ability to reach out to mixed stakeholder communities, particularly SMEs.

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