Logistic cluster: The European experience and a new start for Ukraine

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Within the last several years the question of creating a Maritime Cluster in Ukraine was one of the hot topics to be discussed in a number of round tables and seminars in Odessa. However, several initiatives never left the status of discussion. A new start to develop a cluster was made on September 17 this year in Odessa at the Regional Cluster Activating Workshop within the international project LOG4GREEN.

LOG4GREEN (full title: “Transport Clusters Development and Implementation Measures of a Six-Region Strategic Joint Action Plan for Knowledge-based Regional Innovation”) is funded by the European Union under FP7 and combines the efforts of six European regions on the creation and development of logistic clusters, including the Odessa region. For the first time Ukraine acts as a full partner.

The meeting organized by the European-Ukrainian business Agency (EUA) and the Odessa National Maritime University (ONMU) under patronage of the Odessa port brought together the elite of the national maritime and logistic sector. The invited heads of the European partner clusters of the project shared their experience in both, creation and management of clusters in the regions Normandy (France), Wallonia (Belgium), Ruhr (Germany), Carinthia (Austria) and Istanbul (Turkey). The representatives of the European clusters provided valuable insight in key characteristics of their structures and organisations:

Klaus Krumme Duisburg UniversityThe logistic cluster of North Rhine-Westphalia unites more than 160 companies and the entire regional value chain. For the mobilization of the region’s innovation potential an operative management structure was created. Following the presentation the participants of the meeting discussed tools for effective regional cluster management.

Bernard Piette OdessaThe Belgian logistic cluster demonstrated a more pragmatic approach to creation of a cluster in pursuing the aim to increase the competitiveness of the industrial region Wallonia. The successful impact of this cluster on regional development was awarded with the silver medal by the European Secretariat of Cluster Analysis.

According to the meeting concept – to show all elements of the cluster triple helix "science - policy - business" - the presentations were continued by representatives of the French cluster Novalog, demonstrating the positive influence of the cluster on the increase of competitiveness of the companies in the maritime sector of Normandy. The particular interest of the audience focussed on  the port reform and cluster collaboration with the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. Coordination of the ports and joint creation of visibility in the world market are the main objectives of the cluster.

The conclusion of the morning session was that in each cluster the way of development, the problems and features are different: therefore, it is not possible to introduce a ready-made model in another region as was shown by the experiment of regions of Austria, Turkey and in the USA, presented in the second half of meeting. In the course of discussion the experience with first approaches towards a cluster creation in Odessa were discussed. Separate initiatives acting as a driving force were analysed by representatives of separate groups – from science, regional administration, and from a leading enterprise.

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The creation of a neutral integration tool for further interaction in a cluster became the focus of the discussion. Participants of the meeting concluded that it is time to stop discussions about the definition of a cluster and to start working. And, to begin with small and obvious steps, following the recommendation of Bernard Piette (Logistics in Wallonia): "Start gathering the low hanging fruits!". A new cluster would have to unite stakeholders from the branch on a voluntary basis and should not be mixed with separate business interest. First small successes from joint activities in a cluster have to inspire the further step-by-step development, push new projects, and initiate new ideas.

The most important driving force, according to Bernard Piette, are individuals and initiatives like the LOG4GREEN project and the Ukrainian partners ONMU and EUA starting the evolutionary work on cluster development.

For this purpose the project provides an exchange of delegations between regions, the organization of knowledge exchange and benchmarking with leading clusters in Singapore and Los Angeles. The developing Ukrainian cluster is given the opportunity to visit the maritime clusters of the Baltic Sea as well as Bremerhaven (Germany), to examine the work of ports, regional logistic centres and intermodal terminals, and to hold business meetings with representatives of leading logistic companies, administrations of ports and other stakeholders. Within an exchange between Odessa and Normandy in May 2014 representatives of the leading sea transport and logistic companies of France are expected to visit the International Transport Week in Odessa. The second meeting on cluster activation will be held during that week. In  2014, the portal of the new Ukrainian Maritime Cluster will be launched. In a first step it will contain information on the actions organized for cluster members. The objective of the platform is to position cluster members in the European market, to support active marketing of the emerging Odessa Maritime Cluster abroad, and to establish partner relations with other clusters and business relations between cluster members. Improving the awareness of the logistics capacity of the region and the capacity of the Ukrainian maritime sector, as well as the intensive international exchange, will allow to increase the appeal of the region to foreign investments, the competitiveness of maritime logistic sector and to establish international business relations between participants. Participation in a cluster also will increase chances of cooperation in future European projects. The organizers hope for active collaboration!

Author: Dr. Anna Kolmykova

This article has been published in Ukraine

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Speakers and panelists: 
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DEADLINE April 30, 2014

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