Introduction

Introduction

 

A Miskolc initiative, the Hungarian Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MANO) Cluster was established on 27 March 2008.

 

The establishment of this network is the first significant outcome from the exemplary partnership between the key participants in this sector of industry and this scientific field in Hungary, which in many respects is outstanding.

 

The aim of the Hungarian Materials Science and Nanotechnology Cluster is the initiation of project-based economic and social cooperation between the participants in this area of innovation within the Northern Hungarian Region, and to assist or ‘incubate’ this cooperation during the initial phase.

 

At present in Hungary, research and development, and the stimulus of innovation, takes place within four organizational frameworks: the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA), higher education, the non-profit sector and in the form of company research. The Hungarian Materials Science and Nanotechnology Cluster, which although a Miskolc initiative is national in scope, is unique in the sense that the MTA’s Materials Science Research Institute also participates as a founding member (from the point of view of offering innovation), alongside the other three – higher education, the non-profit sector and company research structures. The Slovakian Academy of Science’s Materials Science and Nanotechnology Institute from Košice is a strategic partner of the Cluster, which is a tangible sign of the aim of transnational cooperation.

 

Materials science and nanotechnology are key development sectors for the Northern Hungarian Region given the prestigious industrial tradition of the region and of its companies, and the region’s strong academic and research resources that also have a long and proud history.

 

Materials science and nanotechnology are integrally-related to one another. In the 21st century, the research and development of modern materials is one of the most promising and fastest-developing fields. New nanotechnology applications are being prepared, which already have a significant social impact. Nano-sized materials are of great significance and they represent a field where much intellectual added-value can be achieved. The large variety of applications implies exceptional diversification, which brings with it particular demands within the various industrial sectors: construction, vehicles, environmental protection, information and communication, health etc.

 

This region can only remain competitive on the global market if there is strong, synergetic cooperation between the participants. The MANO Cluster aims to create European excellence not only on a regional level but also on a national level too, in order to assist in the creation of an environment favourable to innovation, especially for small and medium-sized businesses.

 

Benefits of cluster membership:

 

  • strong ability to see their interests realized;
  • the inclusion of developments in the Cluster’s Strategic and Action Plan, and through this more effective realization of their interests;
  • critical mass;
  • the creation of a competitive organization that is ‘visible’ in international terms too;
  • professional recognition and partnership:
    • new partnerships and the creation of a unified, positive image;
    • the organization of joint representation;
    • the key to development funds:
      • the continuous streaming of information, and the accessibility of targeted funds.

 

Medium-term professional plan

 

The expansion of membership, and steps to establish an international network:

 

  • approaching potential strategic partners, and assisting in the establishment of an Scientific Board;
  • approaching international networks, scientific and R&D centres, and institutions offering sources of finance, in order to establish partnerships and cooperation;
  • developing a Strategic and Action Plan;
  • providing continuous information to the members;
  • preparing and submitting grant applications and preparing for the Cluster’s accreditation;
  • organizing workshops and conferences;
  • creating a common look and preparing a marketing plan.

 

Founding members:

 

  • Bay Zoltán Foundation for Applied Research
  • BorsodChem plc
  • CH plc
  • DAM 2004 Ltd (Diósgyőr Steel Works)
  • Federation for North Hungarian Industrialists
  • Miskolc Holding plc
  • University of Miskolc
  • Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

 

Members:

 

  • Admatis Ltd
  • Bonus Hungary Ltd
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County
  • Northern Hungarian Regional Innovation Agency, Non-Profit Corporation
  • Fux plc
  • Medimetal Medical Products Manufacturing and Trading Ltd
  • Miskolc City Transportation Company (MVK plc)
  • MÜKI LABOR Plastics Testing and Development Ltd
  • Nano-Korr Ltd
  • Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Nógrád County
  • Press-Pic Packing Technology and Environment Management Ltd
  • Technoplast Prototyping Ltd
  • Wamsler SE
  • Graboplast Zrt.