On August 2nd 2019, the remaining one BRIDGES project action plan was approved by the Interreg Europe programme. This was the action plan of Western Transdanubia, Hungary (contributing partner is Pannon Business  Network Association, PP7).

Summary of the action plan of PP7
The most important thing that the Pannon Business Network Association learnt from the BRIDGES project in relation to the action plan was to create a stable group of regional stakeholders and consolidate it as a long- term regional development platform supporting the digitalisation of the wood furniture industry. All representatives of the quadruple helix were invited to the stakeholder group which was a unique approach and boosted the communication, idea & project generation -and above all a regional consensus building tool.

PP7 aims at improving the uptake of additive manufacturing by the wood funriture industry in Western Transdanubia. For this purpose, PP7 adopted and adapted two good practices: the Kantola good practice (accessible at: https://www.interregeurope.eu/policylearning/good-practices/item/136/kantola-industrial-estate-and-woodpolis-centre-of-competence/ ), and the AUTODIAGNOSTIC TOOL for AGRO – SMEs (accessible at: https://www.interregeurope.eu/policylearning/good-practices/item/157/autodiagnostic-tool-for-agro-smes/).

The Kantola good practice matches PP7´s priorirty for an industry-led Centre of Competence as an objective and a tool for place-based development. The regional platform -through its membership, ensures linkages to research excellence, mainstream research agendas, methodological facilitations & market leaders within & beyond the region, while the master ensures project generation tailored to address additive manufacturing as part of the business development actions in the region. The master plan, on the other hand, is the operational tool for defining and renewing the industrial agenda and targeted development action of the Centre of Competence. The Autodiagnostic tool for agro-SMEs is a methodology for addressing innovation absorptive capacity gaps of smaller businesses in traditional industries. The original tool will be extended to reflect wood furniture industry issues and then it will be applied to identify the state of play and improvement needs of SMEs.
Funds dedicated for the implementation of the the action plan include 92 700€  from the Structural Funds (EDIOP) and own funding by the partner.

The full action plan of PP7: https://www.interregeurope.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/tx_tevprojects/library/file_1565169704.pdf

Contact for more information:
Renáta Csabai,  [email protected],  +36305843728.