December 13, 2017

Past years’ events

World Manufacturing Forum 2017

Date: 7-9 November, 2017, Monterrey, Mexico

The WMF2017 was assembled in Monterrey, Mexico on 7-9 November 2017 at the Parque Fundidora to explore  the theme “Towards a Digital Market and Connected Manufacturing Ecosystems”. Global policy experts and industry leaders from large multinationals to small-to-medium sized enterprises, and academic leaders were discussed the policy, economic, social, and technical challenges that influence global manufacturing. The sessions was explored:

Opening Session: Mexico’s Manufacturing Competitiveness & Global Partners

| Session 1 | Industrial Policies for Digital and Interconnected Manufacturing Market

| Session 2 | Connected Factories and Value Chains

| Session 3 | Digital Workforce & Future Manufacturing Jobs

| Session 4 | Energy and Resource Efficient Manufacturing

| Session 5 | New Business Models & Service Engineering

| Session 6 | Technology Trends for the Factory of the Future



Clusters in Europe IV

Date: 30. November – 1. December, 2017, Budapest, Hungary

The goal the conference this year was to give an overall picture about the European cluster scheme from the beginning to the present, focusing on the triggers and driving forces in different countries, regions that initiated a new network based approach in Europe. On the other hand, the event also aimed at identifying the “future treasures of networks” based on previous experience and to find the role of the human factor behind successful networks.

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Date: 8-9 November, 2017, Valencia, Spain

How to boost smart interregional collaboration through clusters and foster value chain linkages that bring benefits to regions and cities across Europe?

‘GROW your REGIOn’ was an opportunity to:

  • share your smart specialisation and cluster experience and practices
  • exchange ideas about future actions for smart interregional collaboration
  • learn about new ways of supporting innovation and accelerating industrial modernisation and SME growth

More information about the event:





6th Romanian Cluster Conference 

Date: 22-23 November, 2017, Bucharest, Romania

The conference has been co-organized by the Romanian Cluster Association, the Ministry of Economy, the National R&D Institute for Agricultural Machinery, the Institute for Economic Forecasting of the Romanian Academy and the Association for the Knowledge Economy Promotion. The event took place with support of CEC Bank, the Romanian Regional Development Agency “Centre” , the Institute for Research and Automation Design and enjoyed the patronage of the Ministry of Research and Innovation.

Event page:





Demo Metal Brasov

Date: October 23-25. 2017, Brasov, Romania

DEMO METAL Brasov is quoted as the most important event in Romania, which is addressed to specialists in the metalworking industry. Seen as an ‘’Western event” DEMO METAL is the place where metalworking industry leaders present their latest innovations and newest technologies, and the Romanian producers receive the best exposure and promotion at national and international level.

Registration like a Visitor

Registration like an Exhibitor




Open4Business Matchmaking Event

Date: 4-6 October, 2017, Pécs, Hungary

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya, jointly with Enterprise Europe Network Pécs, the Hungarian National Trading House and well-known Hungarian enterprises are organizing on 4-6 October 2017 a Brokerage Event (B2B meeting) and related professional conference in Pécs, Hungary.

The Open4Business Matchmaking Event Pécs gives you a perfect possibility for networking with speakers and participants during individual presentations, panel discussions, B2B matchmaking and many informal social events.

Open4Business has proved to be very successful during previous edition for anyone interested in international co-operations, clusters, and R&D projects.

More information:

Registration deadline: 22 September, 2017





5th Cluster Matchmaking Conferencei
-Bringing Cluster Collaboration to the Next Level –

Date: 21-22 September , 2017, Stuttgart, Germany

For the 5th time BSR Stars hosts the Cluster Matchmaking Conference. After five years with cluster matchmaking and cluster internationalisation (through Innovation Express) it is time to bring cluster collaboration to the next level. The Cluster Matchmaking Conference offers excellent matchmaking opportunities with Europe’s leading cluster organisations, lot’s of networking opportunities and a thrilling interactive programme in a vibrant and learning atmosphere.

More information and registration:
Registration deadline: 15 September, 2017





WCM Training Missions

Training dates: 11-15 September 2017 , Japan

The 5-day World Class Manufacturing training mission (WCM) gives senior European engineers the perfect opportunity to visit some of the world’s most advanced factories to see for themselves:

• how leading Japanese companies use world-class manufacturing techniques to drive their businesses
• how to interact with senior Japanese production engineering managers and lean experts The training mission in Japan provides participants with:
• in-depth analysis of Japanese manufacturing methodology
• Lectures, seminars and panel discussions presented by experts from Japanese industry
• Company and factory floor (Gemba) visits
• Preparation and post-visit review No tuition fee for SMEs and the European Commission grants €600 scholarships to participants from SMEs.

Application deadline: Thursday, 27 April 2017

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Mach-Tech and Industry Days Show

Date: 9-12 May 2017, Budapest

The Mach-Tech and Industry Days is a professional trade show for all members of industry. One of the main theme of the expo is Industry4.0. The event, which offers complex solutions for small, medium and large enterprises, will again feature the highlighted theme INDUSTRY 4.0, a key technological trend of our era.

The MACH-TECH and INDUSTRY DAYS exhibitions provide you the opportunity to showcase nearly all industrial segments at the same place and same time, from machine production, welding technology, automation and environmental protection, to electronic security technology.

Among the exhibitors are a large number of the Hungarian National Trading House’s partners, including the most prominent companies of Industry4.0 and professional manufacturers to show off the very best of technologies.

More details:
Open: 9-12 May 2017, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Venue: HUNGEXPO Budapest Fair Centre

Low Carbon Business Action 

Date: 28-30 March 2017, Mexico City

Low Carbon Business Action (LCBA) in Mexico is a Project funded by the European Union (EU) that aims to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in Mexico.

Activities and objectives:

Face to Face Matchmaking
Virtual matchmaking
> 200
EUR-MEX entities directly involved
Partnership Agreements

More details:

Organizer:  European Union


SEE Automotive ConferenceConnect&Supply

Date: 11 – 12 April 2017, Master centar, Hajduk Veljkova 11, Novi Sad


The aim of SEE automotive conference is to connect OEM manufacturers, TIER1&2 companies and relevant public institutions to further help development of automotive industry in the SEE region.

This conference is one of the most important expert and business gatherings in this part of the Europe when it comes to automotive industry. It is a chance for participants to learn about region’s company trends and producers plans. B2B meetings will also be organized to maximize business contacts.

Organizer: AC Serbia (a network of Serbian companies and organizations)

Metal Show Romexpo

Date: 17-20 May 2017, Bucharest, Romania

METAL SHOW – the number one Romanian event in metalworking technology, welding and robotics invites you again during 17 – 20 May, to the most representative exhibition pavilion in the country, the Central Pavilion of Romexpo – Bucharest, which will turn into a real Technology Arena!

The number and quality of visitors represented some of the strengths of Metal Show. Statistics show that:

► 60% of Metal Show 2016 visitors were managers;
► 23% of trade visitors came from construction steel, 18% from the machinery and equipment industry, 17% from automotive and 11% from naval industry;
► Visitors were especially interested in: metal cutting machines – 16%, precision tooling – 14%; machines for cutting: laser / plasma / water – 12.5%, welding – 11.4%, sheets processing machines – 11%;
► Total number of visitors grew by 30% compared to the previous edition.

Be present at Metal Show 2017 a unique business platform, highly interactive from metal-processing industry, welding and robotics and connect with industry!


Lansare USH Pro Business 

Date: 22 Mai 2017, Brasov, Romania 

  • Business solutions in the context of smart specialization at regional level
  • Specific ways of preparing future businesses from this perspective
  • Business financing solutions, from the national, regional, Danube and European macroregions
  • Launch of the USH Pro Business Center – Brasov Branch






For more information watch this document:


Mission Automobile Roumanie

Date: 30-31 May 2017, Pitesti, Romania

Business mission organized for automotive representatives and interested SMEs interested in the automotive sector from East of France, West of Germany and Romania. During the event there is opportunity to participate in B2B meetings and visit the DACIA-Renault and GIC (Grupul Industrial Componente) factory and thematical presentation form the University of Pitesti.

Deadline: 15 May 2017





The Z – Subcontracting Fair is one of the leading trade fairs for supply industry in Europe

Date: 7-10 March 2017, Liepzig,Germany

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In March of 2017, Leipzig will once again become an important venue and platform for suppliers and subcontractors that mainly serve the low to middle-tier production stages. The Z – Subcontracting Fair will be taking place for the 14th time since its inception. As a result, it has the requisite expertise and experience in the supply industry in order to offer exhibitor fitting opportunities for their trade fair presentation.

Here you can find more informations about contacts, business meetings, user industries and focus titles:

Automotive Expo & B2B Meetings 2017

Date: 30 March 2017, Sibiu, Romania

Automotive Expo & B2B Meetings is the leading B2B Automotive Trade Fair in Romania organized with the purpose of development and improvement of business relations, dedicated to automotive professionals, buyers and suppliers.

During Automotive Expo & B2B Meetings we facilitate the exhibition of products, the presentation of new technological innovation, the access to information, the cooperation and the development of new partnerships.

European Industry Day

Date: 28 February 2017, Brussels, Belgium

The nature of industry is changing, driven by rapid technological change. The evolution of industrial activity is characterised by digitalisation, clean and circular technologies, and a higher reliance on services.

The Commission fully supports its industry and makes a strong contribution to jobs and growth in Europe.

Main topics:

  • Investment Plan
  • Horizon 2020
  • Single Market Strategy
  • Digitising European Industry

More informations:







EU Cluster Matchmaking Event and European Cluster Conference 2016

Date: 30 November and 1 December 2016, Brussels, Belgium


EU Cluster Matchmaking Event was our opportunity to engage with peers from all over Europe. The event was organised by European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) in conjunction with the European Cluster Conference gathered over 114 cluster organisations from 21 countries and led to a total of 481 inter-cluster meetings.

The matchmaking event was opened for cluster and business network organizations from countries eligible for participating in the COSME programme. We had opportunity to discuss and engage collaborations for upcoming opportunities, such as:

  • European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Smart Specialisation Investments (ESCP-S3)
  • European Strategic Cluster Partnerships Go International (ESCP-4i)
  • H2020 INNOSUP1 projects
  • Cluster Excellence projects

The fifth edition of the European Cluster Conference will focus on the theme “Clusters 4.0: Shaping Smart Industries”, where you will have the opportunity to hear and discuss about the most recent trends and priorities for cluster policies and cluster organisations supporting industrial modernisation.

In this spirit, you will have a chance at the European Cluster Conference:

  • To discuss with other participants the challenges and actions to follow in order to drive cluster policy 4.0 in your region and country;
  • To share experiences about industrial modernisation, particularly in the three areas of advanced and digital manufacturing, green manufacturing and the circular economy, and service innovation and the creative economy;
  • To learn more about the European Cluster Panorama the Regional Ecosystem Scoreboard, and the lessons from model demonstrator regions and other EU cluster initiatives;
  • To join any of the Corner discussions and test the tools of the European Cluster Observatory, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform and the Smart Specialisation Platform;
  • To vote who should be the Cluster Manager of the Year and who should be the European Strategic Cluster Partnership of the Year; and
  • To form new European Strategic Cluster Partnerships in your area of interest at a back-to-back cluster matchmaking event organised by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform.



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OPEN4BUSINESS Matchmaking Event 

Date: 19-21 September 2016, Pécs, Hungary

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya, jointly with Enterprise Europe Network Pécs and well-known Hungarian enterprises with wide international experience are organizing on 19-21 September, 2016 a Brokerage Event (B2B meeting) and related professional conference in Pécs, Hungary.

Open4Business is a perfect venue for networking with speakers and participants during individual presentations, panel discussions, B2B matchmaking and many informal social settings.

Main topics:

  • Machine Industry (engineering, metal processing etc.)
  • Supplier Industry (plastic, automotive, electronics)
  • Environmental Industry
  • Agrofood Industry
  • ICT Industry
  • Research and Development, Project partnership

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EC – DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs – Workshop for smart specialisation in industrial modernisation and investment

Date: 13th October 2016, Brussels, Belgium

The workshop will aim at stimulating an interactive debate including policy makers at all levels with the participation of cluster and industry stakeholders about strengthening inter regional cooperation through the recently launched Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform for Industrial modernisation and investment (S3P-Industry).

Based on an integrated approach to smart specialisation strategies, industrial modernisation and clusters, S3P-Industry aims to boost innovative projects and investment in Europe. The S3P-Industry achieves this by associating regional authorities interested in the joint implementation of smart specialisation priorities with clusters and industry.

The aim of this is to develop a pipeline of quality joint projects for EU funding programmes, including the investment plan. Industry participation in S3P-Industry will be stimulated in conjunction with European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for smart specialisation investments on different industrial topics, which have been recently selected following a bottom up approach.

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6th Balkan and Black Sea Conference „Days of Clusters 2015“ 

22-24 October 2015, in Brasov, Romania


The Cluster House is an innovative business development organization for support to cluster –based economic development in the Balkan and Black Sea Region, founded upon the initiative of seven clusters from South-East Serbia with technical support of the Danish Programme for Local Economic Development in the Balkans LEDIB in 2011.

The membership is free and the mission of the Networks is making of the cluster synergy in the Balkan and Black Sea region in order to develop transnational cluster-based sustainable economic development projects, approach development funds and appear on new markets.

The Cluster House Model is a proven way of supporting and accelerating cluster development in countries in transition.  The model fosters collaboration through networks, meetings, advisory services, inter-business networks, matchmaking events, and training sessions. The model covers business support for clusters, SMEs – start-ups and existing companies, which includes business information, consulting, training, communication, B2B C2C matchmaking and promotion.

For more information:

Clusters as drivers of value chain development across the Danube Region – CLUSTERO International Cluster Conference

Date: 5-6 October 2016, Galati, Romania

The Romanian Cluster Association – CLUSTERO, through the South-East Region Clusters’ Consortium, has the honour to invite you to attend the International Cluster Conference “CLUSTERS AS DRIVERS OF VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT ACROSS THE DANUBE REGION”, with a dedicated focus on Bioeconomy.

Clusters. Danube Strategy. Bioeconomy

The competitiveness gap existing between the Eastern Europe countries (including Romania) and the West of the continent has its roots in the low degree of innovation and internationalization at the level of small and medium enterprises.
The Danube Region is a proper framework for this approach as it brings together countries and regions in various stages of development. Moreover, Bioeconomy is one of the sectors with potential for excellence, given the resources and the competencies in areas such as energy, environment, agriculture, food security and safety.
The event enjoys the presence of eminent representatives of European organizations, national and international clusters, research institutes, universities and companies.