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Why clusters?

In Norway there is a concentration of high-tech companies in the field of instrumentation, ranging from larger internationally recognized brands and an undergrowth of smaller, specialized firms. Trondheim, the technology capital of Norway, harbours significant R&D centres and educational institutions like HiST – Sør-Trøndelag University College, NTNU and SINTEF. Such condensed environments with leading expertise on a field, are often referred to as clusters. 

A cluster formation can be stimulated and developed, but initially the conditions for the emergence of a cluster must be present. Cluster collaboration is not just about formal interaction, but also about belonging to and being associated with an environment. The region becomes a brand name in itself, like Silicon Valley. Networks and clusters have become increasingly central terms in industry and innovation policies. Not only in Norway, but also internationally the formation of clusters are considered to be important building blocks in an innovative and productive economy. Besides making a region visible, there are other advantages. Research states that working within industrial clusters benefits productivity, innovation, salaries and internationalization.

An arena for cooperation 
Related companies within a region often struggle with similar challenges. Establishment of networks and cooperation are often the key to improve profitability and increase innovation. Competition is the nature of business, but in some areas, e.g. international visibility and development of new technical solutions, it can be smart to cooperate. NCEI can facilitate interaction between parties in forums ensuring continuity and coordination. NCEI does also contribute to develop interaction with knowledge operators (research institutions and Universities), research and the public sector.

Recruitment 
There’s is always a shortage for knowledge and key personnel. The partners in the cluster know what kind of competence the industry requires. With the close proximity to the colleges and universities, the cluster can influence the content of the studies and ensure for themselves the best minds after completed studiesEducated key personnel must be encouraged to settle in your region. If a region is known for its rich possibilities within the field on instrumentation it’s more likely to attract expertise and people.

NCE Instrumentation has launched several projects aiming to stimulate interaction and sharing of knowledge. One of the most important achievements so far is the initiative for a brand new education, a Bachelor in Industrial Instrumentation at HIST. Further efforts are done to establish a Master degree and doctoral scholarships that meet the industry’s needs.

Research 
International research shows that industrial clusters lead to higher employment, greater economic growth, higher wages, improved productivity and more newly established companies. Innovation in the form of new technology, new products and new services more often has its origins within industrial clusters than in companies outside the clusters. There are great opportunities for your company to develop a closer and better relationship with your partners. You save costs and you obtain better access to new resources, knowledge and market shares.

Industrial clusters are also better for taking advantage of means of industrial and research policy. Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) and the Arena programme are two industry-independent programmes for companies that want to gain advantages in networks. The programmes offer professional and financial support in establishing networks.

In Norway there is a concentration of high-tech companies in the field of instrumentation, ranging from larger internationally recognized brands and an undergrowth of smaller, specialized firms. Trondheim, the technology capital of Norway, harbours significant R&D centres and educational institutions like HiST – Sør-Trøndelag University College, NTNU and SINTEF. Such condensed environments with leading expertise on a field, are often referred to as clusters. 

A cluster formation can be stimulated and developed, but initially the conditions for the emergence of a cluster must be present. Cluster collaboration is not just about formal interaction, but also about belonging to and being associated with an environment. The region becomes a brand name in itself, like Silicon Valley. Networks and clusters have become increasingly central terms in industry and innovation policies. Not only in Norway, but also internationally the formation of clusters are considered to be important building blocks in an innovative and productive economy. Besides making a region visible, there are other advantages. Research states that working within industrial clusters benefits productivity, innovation, salaries and internationalization.

An arena for cooperation 
Related companies within a region often struggle with similar challenges. Establishment of networks and cooperation are often the key to improve profitability and increase innovation. Competition is the nature of business, but in some areas, e.g. international visibility and development of new technical solutions, it can be smart to cooperate. NCEI can facilitate interaction between parties in forums ensuring continuity and coordination. NCEI does also contribute to develop interaction with knowledge operators (research institutions and Universities), research and the public sector.

Recruitment 
There’s is always a shortage for knowledge and key personnel. The partners in the cluster know what kind of competence the industry requires. With the close proximity to the colleges and universities, the cluster can influence the content of the studies and ensure for themselves the best minds after completed studiesEducated key personnel must be encouraged to settle in your region. If a region is known for its rich possibilities within the field on instrumentation it’s more likely to attract expertise and people.

NCE Instrumentation has launched several projects aiming to stimulate interaction and sharing of knowledge. One of the most important achievements so far is the initiative for a brand new education, a Bachelor in Industrial Instrumentation at HIST. Further efforts are done to establish a Master degree and doctoral scholarships that meet the industry’s needs.

Research 
International research shows that industrial clusters lead to higher employment, greater economic growth, higher wages, improved productivity and more newly established companies. Innovation in the form of new technology, new products and new services more often has its origins within industrial clusters than in companies outside the clusters. There are great opportunities for your company to develop a closer and better relationship with your partners. You save costs and you obtain better access to new resources, knowledge and market shares.

Industrial clusters are also better for taking advantage of means of industrial and research policy. Norwegian Centres of Expertise (NCE) and the Arena programme are two industry-independent programmes for companies that want to gain advantages in networks. The programmes offer professional and financial support in establishing networks.