The inter-clustering actions will help match photonics/technology solutions with market applications to ensure cluster ecosystems linkages are strengthened. The concept will create synergies between cluster and SME policy support programmes from DG GROW and KET’s fromDG RTD and support regional growth via S3 strategies. With two photonic/KET clusters and two industrial applications/integrator clusters PIMAP can provide the foundations for both European inter cluster and international cooperation actions.

SMEs will play an active part in designing and testing the strategy and sharing their experiences with SMEs from other clusters. Two third country targets have been identified (USA and Canada) and will provide the test bed for the strategy and proposed roadmap. SMEs will participate in all stages (awareness raising, learning, testing and implementation) to ensurePIMAP is market oriented. Partners expect to involve upwards of 900 SMEs in these actions.The partners are committed to devising and internationalisation strategy with a roadmap to guide the implementation process and will propose branding and a legal framework to bind the partners together. The project will deliver synergies with other initiatives such as Vanguard and has strong support from regional policy makers (ERDF, Interreg funding). These links will facilitate the scope for sustainability actions to succeed.


ALPHA – Route des Lasers & des Hyperfréquences (France)
Triple Steelix (Sweden)
Business Joensuu (Finland)
PRODUTECH – Production Technologies Cluster (Portugal)