The European Automotive Cluster Network for joint Industrial Modernisation Investments (EACN) aims at initiating joint R&D projects and investments teaming partners from different European regions. The focus is set on virtualisation of processes, robotics and artificial intelligence, elasticity of production, and skills and competencies. This project is supported by COSME program.
Founded in early 2017, the European Automotive Cluster Network (EACN) regroups currently nine European automotive clusters from Bulgaria, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Serbia and Spain. EACN partner clusters represent 1,400 companies and institutions (most of them are SMEs) employing more than 300,000 people.
The project will bring together SMEs from various countries with the aim of finding common upskilling solutions. The project includes visits to success stories, and direct contact with the differents ecosystems. Within the EACN initiative the strategic focus will be on the following issues:
- Workforce learning and development – training programs focused on competencies in data analytics, data interpretation, system integration, software development, increased human-machine integration
- Leadership competency – management’s awareness of available technologies, management’s ability to plan and execute change processes
- Industry 4.0 Leadership development program
- Culture change towards decentralisation of decision making processes on the shop floor
The clusters participating in the project work directly with SMEs and the regional governments, with the aim of facilitating the industrial modernization of this type of companies, focusing in working environment, training/education, skills 4.0 and re-talenting to meet skills gaps., identifying good practices in governments to promote digital transformation and bringing together SMEs for common projects (same problems, same solutions).