October 30, 2018

European project EACN funded

Today, the European Automotive Industry faces several challenges with a strong sectorial impact:

  • Shared mobility with adapted vehicles and the associated digital services,
  • The electric, connected and autonomous vehicle,
  • The need to modernise and digitize production means as well as the supply chain,
  • The entry of new competitors sometimes more interested in the data than in the vehicle itself.
One option to stay competitive is the collaboration with other actors from the automotive value network and to minimise risks and costs, especially in the field of industrial modernisation.


For this reason, the cluster Pôle Véhicule du Futur initiated in 2017 the European Automotive Cluster Network EACN, regrouping currently 9 European partners*.

The EACN project

The project EACN for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments has been submitted by six partners** of which Pôle Véhicule du Futur and will get a co-funding by the European Union’s COSME programme.

This project aims at initiating and stimulating cooperation between the partner clusters and their members within collaborative R&D or joint investment projects in the field of “Industry 4.0”, or common business and other opportunities which will contribute to their competitiveness. The project started on 16th October 2018 for 24 months, planned actions are workshops, B2B Matchmaking events, proposal development support and others with industry partners from the participating countries.

The project especially focusses on four subjects:

  • (1) Virtualisation for planning processes: simulation, modelling,
  • (2) Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for production processes,
  • (3) Elasticity of production processes in SMEs, and,
  • (4) Future skills and competences.

 See the press release

EACN present at the BE 4.0 exhibition - Booth O12

The European Automotive Cluster Network EACN – initiated and animated by the cluster Pôle Véhicule du Futur – will be present at the BE 4.0 exhibition in Mulhouse (France) on 20 & 21 November 2018 with the following partners: 

Come and visit the booth to:

  • Discover opportunities in the frame of the project EACN for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments,
  • Discuss your Industry of the Future related questions and subjects,
  • Exchange with the present European Cluster Managers.

For more information: Thomas Röhr - Pôle Véhicule du Futur


* The EACN partners

The Galician Automotive Cluster (Spain)** – CEAGA – represents the automotive sector in the North-West of Spain with an important place in the automotive production domain in Europe. CEAGA totals 122 companies, including the PSA Group Center of Vigo with more than 20,000 employees. CEAGA disposes of the Cluster Management Excellence Gold Label. www.ceaga.com

The Clúster de la Indústria d'Automoció de Catalunya (Spain)** – CIAC – has 185 member companies of the Catalonian automotive sector, of which two are the OEMs Seat and Nissan with more than 44.000 employees. CIAC participates in the development of projects related to Industry 4.0, to electric and connected vehicles and to shared mobility. CIAC was also an active supporter to the creation of the Professional Automotive Training Centre (CFPA). www.ciac.cat/en

The Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufactu­ring Cluster (Poland)** – SAAM – covers thre southern regions in Poland: Sląskie, Małopolskie and Opolskie. The cluster has 68 companies, research organisations/universities and agencies as members. Handled subjects are the improvement of processes and production, productivity and motivation of employees, but also new technologies. SAAM organises workshops, meetings, benchmarks or brokerage events and develops projects. silesia-automotive.pl/en

The Automotive Cluster Bulgaria**– ACB – brings together 37 OEMs, suppliers and service providers with more than 20.000 employees in Bulgaria. ACB is active in development and participation of various European projects. ACB also participates in initiatives preparing changings and new evolutions in the industry. automotive.bg/

The Serbian Automotive Cluster** – AC Serbia – supports companies and organisations active in the Serbian automotive component production and in the service provision sectors. Missions of ACS aim at creating synergies for the automotive sector and at developing collaborative projects to improve the international competitiveness of its members. www.acserbia.org.rs/en/

Automotive-bw (Germany) represents 70 companies of the complete automotive value chain in Baden-Wurttemberg with more than 70.000 employees. The cluster accompanies the members in the structural transformations or in the development of new business models. Automotive-bw obtained the quality label "Cluster Excellence Baden- Württemberg". www.automotive-bw.de

Bayern Innovativ GmbH (Germany) is the Bavarian organisation for innovation, technology and knowledge transfer. Bayern Innovativ supports industrial actors at all levels of the value chain with personalised services. Bayern Innovativ set up Energy, Automotive and New Materials clusters and offers also transversal actions with other Bavarian clusters. www.bayern-innovativ.de/

The European Automotive Strategic Network (The Netherlands) – EASN – is a platform for regions and automotive clusters in Europe as well as for companies, institutions and public authorities. www.easn.eu/




  • Les Pôles de compétitivité
  • Qualiopi - Certification qualité délivrée au titre des actions de formation
  • Member of The European Automotive Cluster Network EACN