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Network of European Automotive Competence (NEAC)
Start date: Jan 31, 2005, End date: Dec 30, 2007 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project intends to provide a platform to help automotive regions understand the competences and excellence of their own supply base within the context of the EU. By creating joint approaches and instruments, NEAC wants to improve regional and European competitivity of the automotive supply industry. Achievements: Achievements so far NEAC started in Jan 05 and completed Dec 07 and it has achieved specific results and strategy recommendations for the European Automotive Sector. The three content related components have been completed. By mid 2006 component 2 'Competence Assesment' was completed and by 30th. June 2007 component 3 'Competitiveness Assessment' was finished. The results of C2 and C3 have been the input indicators for component 4 'Competitiveness Agendas'. Component 4 was finalised on target in Nov 07. NEAC has drawn conclusions, formulated recommendations, strategy and policies which will enhance the strength and competitivess of the automotive supply base in Europe. A system has been developed to assure the sustainablility of the results of C4. In this system also the need to find solutions for 'future skills' and 'alternative fuels', two hot issues for the automotive industry, are included. All partners have recognised the value in participating in the project and that this is a1st step towards future collaboration through the pan-European network, EASN. The need for collaboration has been recognised, not only by the NEAC partners but also by the other identified automotive related EU projects (Belcar, TCAS, Automotive Regions and ICARO). The work towards EASN has started and in the future, the partners will work within this framework on collaborative initiatives. Even though NEAC has completed its planned activity, through the final report and the website, which will be maintained in 2008, the link between NEAC and EASN will be elaborated and strengthened. The results of the final report will be used as a foundation for developing on-going activity to support the NEAC partners, other EASN project partners and those regions not involved so far.
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