European Network of Sustainable Packaging (NETSPACK)
Packaging industry is a crosscutting activity touching practically all manufacturing industries. Everything physically manufactured is packed. Most important industries are food & beverages. The deep integration of packaging in consumers’ everyday life, and its influence on ecology and economy, makes packaging a very important area in achieving sustainable growth. Global food production would be enough for the growing global population if food waste can be reduced – currently about 40 % of food never reach consumers. Adequate packaging is the most effective way to safeguard food supply and prevent waste. According to various surveys the environmental effect of packaging (or packaging waste) is 10 times less than that of food (waste) thus the main role of packaging is prevention. Packaging is able to prevent the environment from the biggest problems caused by food (and any other product) waste. Globalized world is driving packaging industry strongly. Growing international trade requires more and better packaging. It has been estimated that packaging volumes are growing more than 5 % annually for the next 1020 years. The growth of packaging industry will be strongest in areas where physical manufacturing is growing. Packaging is a multifunctional product. It involves all partners in the supply chain from production & manufacturing, through filling, warehousing, distribution, retail and consumers. The fact that packaging industry crosscuts all manufacturers, leaves packaging unknown to general public but also decision makers both politicians and civil servants. In order to boost European packaging industry by improving its sustainability and competitive advantage, it requires joint international effort to raise public and political awareness. Through the project’s focus on sustainability, a significant step forward raising knowledge of packaging based on renewable resources will be accomplished, to create platforms for SME related business and technology development.
Clus4Cross (Clusters for Cross-sectoral and Cross-border Cooperation in Manufacturing Industry)
The project is addressed to several cluster organizations in four following countries: France, Spain, Hungary and Serbia. The consortium includes partners acting from regions with high potential for cross-border development. They will identify success factors and good practices in terms of multilevel governance, funding and common development strategies. To this purpose, the project Clus4Cross will screen opportunities for synergies between cluster organizations to be then catalysed by the RIS3 policy at interregional level. Therefore, it is one of the prime objectives of the Clus4Cross project to develop all the synergies required, to support SME’s cross-sectoral and cross-border cooperation, within the context of each region’s smart specialization strategy for enhancing the commercialization/productivity plans of companies. In that context, the Cluster Excellence Program is of high-added value for cluster organizations which are willing to make a detailed overview of their own priorities and efforts (current and future) with an analysis of the existing and prospective gaps and overlaps of the new emerging value chains. Considering the development of new value chains calls for the collaboration and integration of different innovation actors across different industrial sectors, the proposed interregional partnership benefits from a large set of complementarities in terms of services, degree of management excellence and positioning along the manufacturing value chain.