The specific objective of this component is: Cluster-Analysis recommendations and related knowledge are exchanged with all relevant target audiences and partly applied by the decision-makers of the Carpathian region.
When FORZA began in 2004, there was a recognized need to inject market awareness into the forest and wood based sector of the Carpathian region. The project started activities in the pilot lishops of Rahiv and Khust in the Transcarpathian oblast, and then expanded beyond. Key thrusts were working with lishosp economists to increase economic efficiency; with wood-based industries to improve market linkages; and with decision-makers to raise awareness on the need support industries in a systematic, linked manner. The latter entailed introducing a cluster-based approach – which had not previously been known in the Ukrainian forest sector.
Improved lishosp efficiency
Cluster analysis and development
As part of the FORZA project activity, the Cluster analysis of forest and wood based industries of the Carpathian region was elaborated and widely disseminated in 2008 and received a lot of attention from the stakeholders.
It was the first study of this kind in the forest sector of Ukraine, which provided important findings and recommendations to decision makers and made them aware of the high socio-economic significance of the forest sector for the regional economics. Particularly, it showed that the forest sector is the fourth largest economy sector in the Carpathian region.
The cluster analysis findings used in cluster management are being an important strategic instrument for the regional economic development, providing important recommendations to the local governments and showing ways for more coordinated actions for decision makers, private sector and communities.
The dissemination process during 2009-2010, when the CA results were communicated to the stakeholders groups in Uzhgorod, Lviv, Chernivtsy, Ivano-Frankivsk has shown that there are tendencies in the wood-processing sector to unite efforts and create clusters.
Consequently in 2010 three Lviv-based companies have formed the Wood Processing and Furniture Cluster DOMV, with the aim “to increase innovation and competitiveness of sector enterprises in the Lviv oblast”. Throughout 2009-2010 the Swiss Ukrainian forest development project in Transcarpathia, FORZA gave a significant support to this initiative through cluster management training, development of promotional materials, and the establishment of a cluster website http://www.domv.lviv.ua/.
The Wood Processing and Furniture Cluster has the following goals:
This cluster is an association of companies operating with wood in Western Ukraine, – from basic processing to furniture makers. Nonetheless, DOMV cluster differs from the typical industrial association in its focus on market-oriented tasks (extending markets, implementing new products) as opposed to representational tasks (lobbying).
Each cluster member irrespectively of the company’s size has a representative in the Cluster’s Board. This guarantees that interests of all members are equally represented in the Cluster. The cluster coordination and administration task is delegated to a third party PPV Knowledge Networks http://ppv.net.ua/, that is collaborating with the regional administration and federation of business circles in Lviv.
In May 2011 the DOMV cluster representatives with the support of the IN2WOOD project http://www.in2wood.eu/ took part in the LIGNA fair in Hannover. Through participation in the IN2WOOD Conference „Sustainable Forestry and Wood-Based Industries as Key Contributors to Intelligent and Integrative Growth in Europe” the cluster representatives got the megatrends of sustainable forestry and wood industry in Europe and Overseas, the sense and trends in the work of wood clusters as drivers for regional wood innovation processes.
For the DOMV cluster it was a great opportunity for networking, establishing new contacts and creating collaboration with the project partners and other clusters that are part of the mentoring process of IN2WOOD.
These days (13 to 16 of May) the world leading exhibition of furniture industry suppliers Interzum 2013 takes place in Cologne. Supported by SIPPO, Ukrainian companies also participate in this exhibition, in order to promote them SIPPO has prepared special brochure, which You can find following the link: http://www.switzerland-ge.com/switzerland/import/en/content/sippo-exhibitor-brochure-interzum-2013?ref=/Technical