RECORD Partners met in Firenze and Pistoia from June 17th to 19th for the 3rd project Study Visit.
The RECORD Delegation was composed by several transnational SMEs as the Partners had decided to organise a working session and B2B among their companies to discuss about innovation topics and instruments.
On Day-1 the RECORD Delegation was presented the Tuscany Region ERDF “POR CreO” policies and instruments, as well as case studies of ERDF funding in support of the Rail supply chain, with specific attention to the opportunities for SMEs, both direct and indirect. These include the establishment of a Regional Cluster for Rail Technologies (“DITECFER”), open calls for collaborative R&D projects, a catalogue of specialised services in the field of R&D and Innovation for which SMEs can receive a 50% co-funding, the creation/co-funding of laboratories specialized in the railway field (e.g. “MDM-Lab” of University of Firenze).
4 the Technical Visits organized at sites and companies the ERDF “POR CreO” has co-funded, thus supporting the sustainability of transport, that is the goal of the RECORD project: at the Operations Control Center and Maintenance Depot of Firenze Tramways operated by “GEST S.p.A.”; at the “Demo rooms” for Tramways and Dubai Metro at “Thales Italia S.p.A.”, that – as Large company – is co-developing with local SMEs new solutions for safety and security of tramways; at the “Italcertifer S.p.A.” Rolling Stock Laboratories – with the largest anechoic chamber in Europe for electrical tests of trains -, where, together with the certification and homologation tests of railway systems, also are performed R&D activities by four universities; at a dynamic and innovative SME, “Elfi S.r.l.”, that develops and manufactures advanced electronics solutions both for rolling stock and infrastructure.
The city of Pistoia hosted the successful networking event among the participating partners and their stakeholders, their brainstorming on how to support R&D and innovation and on what key-topics in view of possible trans-regional collaborations, and individual B2B to further discuss such opportunities.
The Study Visit has involved 42 people from 5 different countries – Italy, France, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden – and the Pistoia meeting has created direct interactions among 19 companies, of which 13 SMEs operating both in the segments of vehicles and the safety of infrastructures.