Environmental Cluster of Northern Ostrobothnia, Di.. (Environmental Cluste..)
Environmental Cluster of Northern Ostrobothnia, Directing the Business of to Northwestern Russia
Start date: Mar 31, 2002,
End date: Dec 30, 2004
The goal of the project was to conduct detailed market analysis on the environmental cluster and operational environment. In addition, the best partners for product development, and research areas between universities and research institutions, were to be identifi ed and their potential assessed from a business perspective. A goal was also to create an activity programme for Northwest Russia, which would guide the operations of actors in the environmental cluster. Th e companies’ business concepts related to Northwest Russia were to be included in the environmental cluster activity programme. In addition, the activities to Northwest Russia of the actors participating in the environmental cluster were to be increased by 20 percent prior to conclusion of the project. Achievements: The project completed a market study, which assessed potential Russian cooperation companies for the environmental cluster companies. The study did not seek end customers or partners for product development. Instead, it sought potential business partners for the entire scope of the business activity. Two hundred potential partners were found. The detailed operational environment analysis was not completed, as a phase had not yet been reached with the partners that would make it meaningful. The project discussed the possibilities to assist the companies in the environmental cluster with Petrozavodsk State University, Arkhangelsk State Technical University, and Murmansk State Technical University. The research concluded that the best method was to arrange adult education-type workshop and seminar functions. The programmes used in the training were to be planned so that they serve companies from both the marketing and technical skill perspectives. An activity programme for the environmental cluster activities in Northwest Russia was created; however, it was considerably more limited in size than originally planned. This was a result of not being able to create enough crossborder industry-specifi c cooperation within the clusters. Therefore, the content of the activity programme could not be made extensive. The created activity programme was included as a part of the activities of the environmental cluster. The project arranged three environmental technology seminars, one in St. Petersburg and two in Oulu. The number of contacts in Northwest Russia was increased and, as a result of the seminars, two new business cooperation relationships were established.
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