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Smart Furniture Remanifacturing (Furnitu-Re)
Start date: Mar 31, 2015, End date: Mar 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The EU furniture indiustry has around 124.000 companies, generates a turnover of almost 90 billion €, and employs around 1.08 million people.The aim of the envisaged project is to give a new impetus to Furniture Manufacturing, through Cross-Cluster Cooperationm in coherence with the major theme of EU Re-industrialization - envirnmental sustainability. Remanifacturing is a form of recycling by manifacturing, where used durable goods are refurbished to a condition comparable to new products. With reduced energy and resource consumption, remnaifactured goods are produced at a fraction of the original cost and with lower emissions of pollution. FurnituRe is also addressing teh lack of skilled workforce , low attractiveness of young people and the low level of innovation in enterprises - problems relevant for most of the countries in the Danube Region.The following workpackages are conducted within the framework of the START project:1. establishing a successful project team (partnership) incl. management structure which can be transferred into the larger project2. defining the status quo of the environmental aspects of the Furniture Sector & Furniture Remanufacturing as a key instrument for environmental sustainability and business growth (produce an extensive research study)3. finding funding for the larger project (develop a "Project Funding Opportunities Research and Action Plan" and develop an application incl. project budget)4. strenghthening the cluster cooperation (strategic meetings and events)5. making the project visible (set up Project publicity measures - Kick-off event) Expected Results: Achieving the project objectives will result in:- Joint Project Team formation between the Project partners, leading to sustainable development of their future partnership;- Gaining up-to-date information about Environmental aspects of the Furniture Re-Manufactoring and its future sustainability; - Clear and detailed Funding opportunities plan 2014-2020; - Six Strategic partnership and networking meetings conducted between each Project partner and its national Target group, leading to identification of possible issues and opportunities;- Detailed project concept & budget developed and at least one application submitted;- Wide publicity measures implemented, leading to dissemination of the Furniture Re-Manufactoring idea and the START project results.
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