In frame of BRIDGES international cooperation PBN aimed at focusing on the economic analysis of the healthcare related manufacturing with special attention to rehabilitation in West Transdanubian Region and Hungary and the surrounding areas. Following the BRIDGES work plan PBN concluded a value chain mapping in this domain by reviewing the domestic, regional and global trends in health care related manufacturing and identifying thematic projects in related product development, defining the needed technology (if regional, national of coming from abroad) and the potential research and business partners to cooperate with, and thus the near-shoring and in-shoring possibilities.
Parallel to the value chain analysis PBN analysed the regional good practices identified by the BRIDGES consortium in order to contribute to improvement of the respective local and national policy environment and instruments.
P7 identified important matching points and references in the following good practices:
Good Practice 2 - 2 Reshoring decision framework (Brookings)
The important quote of GP: before designing any interventions, communities need a better understanding of which industries may be deemed essential. This good practice is a well-thought-out guideline for a region standing before a structural change. In the West Transdanubian region – as outlined previously – the dominance of the automotive and metal industry is a key element and a stabile knowledge base to serve a grad sectoral change and to accelerate the economic development in the health care related developments. The process already started but the Good Practice can provide guidance in the fine tuning of the local strategy. Thus the presented Good Practice is an ideal tool to be introduced to the City of Szombathely and can be utilized during the evolution of Szombathely 2030 program. On the other hand, it is relevant for the Managing Authority of EDIOP PLUS in case new, more structured calls are planned to be opened in the future.
Good practice 3 Reshoring decision framework (EPRS)
The important quote of GP: both, off-shoring and re-shoring decisions are required to be based on multi-dimensional optimisation approached. Regionally based soft landing services (competence building and specialisation of intermediaries to effectively support re-shoring and in-shoring) need to be accelerated. The GP can be address to local and national policy makers in order to support the aim namely to assist the resilience of the West-Transdanubian region by specifying regional services, like programs for competence building, education, to give a stabile knowledge base for regional, interregional healthcare related projects and development.
Good practice 4 The use of 3D printing in manufacturing: The case of Inertia Racing Technology
Important quote of the GP: iRT Wheels invested in the development of locally located 3D printing production hubs for its products. The GP is an excellent case study and inspiration for the West Transdanubian Region, the local Szombathely 2030 strategy and the regional-national health sector as it provides solutions how to create new, demand driven businesses at place based on traditional sectoral knowledge and how to introduce industry 4.0 into a developing but modest innovator region which carries more new possibilities, how to create new work places, offer the place of learning and education and finally save money and time in the supplier chain processes.
Several organisations, institutions introduced in the last 5 to 10 years the starting initiatives of industry 4.0 in the West Transdanubian Region. One of these is PBN (PP7) who funded AM-LAB, the own digital innovation hub based on international learnings and on cooperation with regional companies, regional institutions, the policy level and organisations from Austria and Slovenia.
Good practice 5 Increased innovation and service level in fashion: The case of Todd Shelton
This good practice gives a straightforward example of how to support businesses who wish to re-locate to our region: it is proposing co funding of business plans, for re-interpreting the business model to be applicable in local conditions.
Good practice 6 BILAKATU programme (direct incentives to promote re-location and near-shoring)
BILAKATAU is an example of good practice tht addresses re-shoring of businesses from several critical dimensions. It is useful to propose and discuss at national level especially in reference to the MediCluster in Austria and the counterpart collaboration unit, the MediCluster in Budapest, Hungary.
Good practice 7 Exploring the impact of inter-regional linkages on regional diversification in Europe in the context of smart specialisation.
Network feasibility studies to identify complementary technologies for joint development; important for coordinated near-shoring with in-shoring. This is a strategic good practice, aligned with GP2 and GP3, which would allow Western Transdanubia to identify potential joint development collaborations through existing networks.
If you wish to learn more about the Good Practice analysis procedure please visit the BRIDGES project website LINK https://projects2014-2020.interregeurope.eu/bridges/library/#folder=3304 and open Policy Instrument PP7 document.
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