Welcome to our interview series with the partners running Better Factory. Today we are lucky to be joined by one of our all-star team, Gergely Császár, from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya. Today in this interview we will learn more about this organisation and their role in the project!
Thank you for joining us today! Please could you give us a short introduction to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya, and your main activities? And what is your role here?
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya (CCIPB) is one of the strongest economic chambers in Hungary and it is active coordinator of the implementation of the regional economic development strategy, jointly with the University of Pécs, city of Pécs and major local and regional companies. Further objectives include the development of human resource capacities in the region, the facilitation of innovation potential and export readiness of SMEs, and the development of their business opportunities through EU financed projects.
CCIPB participates in the Better Factory project as the management organisation of the Construction Technology Cluster.
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya is involved in the dissemination and marketing of the Better Factory project. Could you tell us about this aspect of the project from your point of view?
By bringing together manufacturing SMEs, technology suppliers and artists on one platform, Better Factory takes a radically new approach. Initially, it was very difficult to make applicants understand how the three areas could work together, how they could support each other and how each could benefit from participating. This is now easier and, although there will be no more open calls, communicating the results will be a nice exercise.
By bringing together manufacturing SMEs, technology suppliers and artists on one platform, Better Factory takes a radically new approach.
What do you expect for the results of Better Factory, particularly in terms of sustainability and exploitation activities after the project end (RAMP, for instance)?
The Knowledge Transfer Experiments (KTES) have been built from the ground up with both environmental and business sustainability in mind.
Better Factory itself has a great team of experts who are developing the core elements of the project with the business in mind. For example, through direct contacts, linking stakeholders or even through project synergies, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs-Baranya also helps to ensure that the developed content can be put to real use and not end up in a desk drawer. This is a common interest.
No doubt there will be some readers that are keen to meet you to talk more about the project and your role in it. Which events can people find you at in 2023, and beyond?
As a local chamber, CCIPB is mainly involved in events in Hungary, but as a partner of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), we are also present at a number of B2B or company mission events that we co-organise. Robotics and automation are also an important topic at EEN network events, among many other areas. The full range is available here.
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