The ability to pool expertise and experience from different areas and gain competitive advantage from this is the challenge a territory must know how to seize in order to secure future well-being, prosperity and development. “Networking” – the grouping of institutions, industry, business and science – is thus an essential factor for growth. Dedicated resources, both public and private, able to ensure continuity and sustainability, the basis for its development; a mapping of needs and shared strategies, are the cornerstones of action to be taken.

In this context, the District has undertaken a series of activities aimed at promoting the creation of thematic clusters around the business of the sea in general and shipbuilding in particular, at the same time earning the allocation of operational roles in the existing clusters.

At the national level, on April 10th, 2014 mareTC FVG signed the articles of incorporation of “Cluster Trasporti Italia 2020” (“Cluster Transport Italy 2020″), made possible by the support given by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia to the establishment of the National Technological Clusters promoted by the Ministry of Education.

Having supported the participation of enterprises and regional universities in the National Technological Cluster for Transportation, the Region is now supporting the proposal made by mareTC FVG with the CNR (National Research Council) to establish a Shipbuilding and Boatbuilding Technology Platform  for the Adriatic-Ionian macro-region, in an initiative that can strengthen the geopolitical potential and the ambition of Friuli Venezia Giulia at the service of the country and its industrial system.

In line with the region’s indications, mareTC FVG has initiated a process of cooperation with the Croatian “Cluster of Competitiveness of Maritime Industry” in the research and development sectors, through the establishment of a supranational working group.


Cluster Trasporti Italia 2020


The “Cluster Trasporti Italia 2020” (“Transport Italy Cluster 2020″) association was incorporated on April 10th, 2014 in Rome, at the headquarters of ANFIA, with a mission to promote the recovery of the competitiveness of Italian manufacturing in the areas of mobility by road, rail, water and “intelligent transport”.

The members, representing all the major Italian industrial and scientific players, including, among others, Fiat, Ansaldo Breda and Ansaldo STS, the Italian Railway Network (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana), Fincantieri, National Research Council (CNR), the Universities of Milan and Turin, were approximately sixty at the time of the constitution with the possibility of further accessions for all national stakeholders active in the research and development sector.

On top of Fincantieri, Friuli Venezia Giulia was initially represented in the Cluster by four other major institutions: the University of Trieste, Area Science Park, Conform and mareTC FVG, and University of Udine joined at a subsequent date.

With the “Tender for national technology clusters”,  the Ministry of Education, University and Research aimed, for the first time on a national scale and in strategic areas for the country, to support the creation and development of public-private clusters “identified as drivers of sustainable economic growth for regions and the entire national economy”, with particular reference to development triggered by research and innovation activities.

The synergies between industry, research institutions and the public administration, as also the transfer of best practices and technologies, and specialised training in all fields, are the cornerstones on which the newly created association will build to achieve higher levels of competitiveness in a sector that is so strategic to the country as is transport.

Within the framework of the Europe 2020 strategy with regard to climate change and energy, Cluster Trasporti Italy 2020 was founded in the name of sustainability to be achieved simultaneously in three areas: environmental, economic and social. With this in mind, it implements a series of priority issues within its innovation goals that will have a significant impact on the competitiveness of the country. These issues include decarbonisation, the use of new materials, connectivity aimed at improving safety, the development of intermodality, the intelligent management of the life cycle of products through intelligent and advanced maintenance strategies for the reduction of the “life cycle cost” of public transport systems.

Croatian Maritime Industry Competitiveness Cluster -


The Croatian Maritime Industry Competitiveness Cluster is a non-profit public-private organization operating in a strategic sector of the national economy. MarC was founded under the auspice of the Croatian Government in 2013 with the mission of develop a long-term sustainable model for strengthening the competitiveness of the maritime industry.

The cooperation between mareTC FVG and MarC mainly includes the following contents:

  • the joint development of methodologies to increase mutual knowledge;

  • the establishment of joint projects between actors from the two countries that are focused on research and innovation or characterized by broad objectives of transnational cooperation;

  • the creation of training and internationalization initiatives;



The innovation challenge is the first initiative arising from the collaboration between the Maritime Technology Cluster of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Croatian Maritime Competitiveness Cluster.

Herewith you can find a document including details about the initiative and the challenges expressed by the big companies involved. The latter will be the ground for submitting innovation solutions by SMEs and researchers, which could have a further joint development in the future.

Please note that the deadline for the submission of the innovation solutions is the 31st May 2016.

Innovation Challenge Presentation

Call for Solution Template



CATAS is the Italian institute for certification, research and testing in the field of wooden furniture, excellence pole for the research and the analysis in the agri-food, industrial and environmental sector. The institute was established in 1969 by the Chamber of Commerce of Udine to support local companies to grow on new foreign markets, conform on foreign regulations and permit them to get all the information related to the utilization of new materials.

In April 2016, mareTC FVG and CATAS, has signed a collaboration agreement, finalized to develop research activities, experimentation, certification and formation for maritime technology cluster associates.

In particular, the mareTC FVG associates could take advantage, at favorable conditions, of the following services of CATAS:

• Technical assistance and support to experimentation in the field of

- Security, resistance and stamina of the furniture (interior siding and furniture)

- Physic-mechanic and chemical characterization of the materials (wood and derivatives, adhesives, painting products, plastic materials)

- Fire reaction

• Access the services of the Material ConneXion point FVG, a consultation point of the Material ConneXion Italia library, activated in San Giovanni al Natisone in the CATAS premises and provided with exposition of physical samples and facilities for accessing an international database that actually can rely on more than 7.000 materials and processes.


Associazione Italiana di Tecnica Navale - ATENA


Agreement under definition