Project Details

Title: Producer Services for European Sustainability and Competitiveness
Priority: 1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Theme: Innovation, research and technology development

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €1,295,594.12
ERDF contribution: €1,002,311.20

Lead partner

Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation
Friedrichstraße 10
70174, Stuttgart

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    • Contact Person: Christoph Gelzer
      Phone: +49 (0)711 228 35 43
      Fax: +49 (0)711 228 35 55

Project summary

The project aims to establish a network of regional and local policy-makers and development authorities, which will improve the European public support strategies and policies regarding environmental sustainability and competitiveness of road transport by supporting knowledge-intensive producer services sector. The network shall stimulate improvement of regional strategies and policies through the exchange of know-how and good practices. It will lead to a better understanding of innovation dynamics in road transport sector and accommodate the transfer of academic and expert know-how on cluster support to regional policy-makers. Befittingly to the project aims all the partner regions possess characteristics of regional lead markets for innovation-inducing producer services for road transport.

The project will establish working groups to analyse producer services in detail, to identify and exchange good practices and to seek policy improvements. The contribution of producer services to sustainable road transport, regional innovativeness and cross-sectoral synergies will be the leading thematic interests. The findings will be disseminated through visiting programs, seminars, reports and conferences. An important contribution will be made by the academic partner of the project, which will provide the state-of-the-art expertise on producer services, regional economies and cluster policies. In order to stimulate an additional transfer of know-how to policy-makers, PROSESC will also organize seminar workshops with leading academics and high-ranking experts of Europe. The seminar topics shall cover clusters and agglomerations, models on cross-sectoral regional development, European expertise on cluster facilitation, services innovation and sustainable mobility scenarios.

Through the project activities, the effectiveness of regional strategies and practices supporting services innovation and manufacturing competitiveness will be improved. The project shall assist partner regions to upgrade their policies and their regional industries for the target of sustainable road transport. The geographical distribution and regional characteristics of project partners reflect the diversity of European landscape in terms of development and policy experience. A special emphasis will be laid on the dissemination and valorisation of project activities and outcomes. In all activities, the involvement and participation of other European regions, experts from the industry, regional stakeholders, R&D institutes and other relevant parties will be strongly encouraged.

Project achievements

Knowledge intensive services (KIS) are indispensible for the innovativeness of Europe. The way they create, utilize & reproduce knowledge across enterprises and sectors creates positive externalities and spillover effects for the regions and the whole economy. In PROSESC the focus is on a specific subset of KIS, namely the type of services that are integral to the development and production of vehicles for sustainable road transport in most various specifications. The services that interest the project partners cover a broad span of areas, too: product design, R&D, engineering and ITservices, all the way to specialized logistics. The enterprises concerned, establish a complex ecosystem of enabling services that accelerate the absorption rate of innovative technologies by the automotive sector. Being so close to production activities, such services are called “producer services”, hence the title of the project: “Producer Services for European Sustainability and Competitiveness.

In a nutshell, PROSESC is aimed at helping Europe reach its competitiveness and sustainability targets by raising innovativeness in and across automotive and services sectors through improved regional policy making. The activities of PROSESC can be described in two general groups the events with a clear focus on policy relevant discussions and more diversified study visits, where workshops with experts are embedded to maximize learning effects. For instance, PROSESC project organized a successful highlevel policy event in Brussels in March 2011 on the mobility of the future and the perspectives on both sides of Atlantic. Following a keynote speech by Dr. Sven Beiker of Stanford University, a panel discussion with Philippe Lambert, MEP (European Parliament), "Dr. Reinhard Büscher (EC), Dr. Reha Tözün (PROSESC) and Sylvain Haon (POLIS /ERTRAC) took place. The event was coorganized by fellow INTERREG IVC projects Making

Knowledge Work and EURIS, as well as ERRIN Network.

During the Mid-Term Conference as prominent speakers as the former Prime Minister of Slovenia acted as speaker amongst others. The project events in Vigo and Turin in the year 2012 attracted far more participants as originally planned and enabled forward-oriented discussions on future of automotive labour force in the Turin Region and the possibilities to enhance cluster work / cooperation with the Galician Automotive Development Center.

The final conference was embedded into world famous and leading congress and exhibition on Fuel-Cell and Battery Technologies in Stuttgart which gave project partners the possibility to make contacts with the relevant actors in the field and enhance their knowledge level.

Also during the final conference scientific researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Fraunhofer Institute for Labour Organisation (IAO) gave insights into more

The project partners throughout the project duration carried on discussing about feasible solutions regarding more sustainable transport and logistics. These discussions led to the elaboration of the Good Practice Guide including 11 practices described. This document found high estimation across automotive regions in Europa, was downloaded and requested directly many times.


Scientific work done during the project through interviews and telephone surveys led to qualitative data of 600+ pages and two papers which were presented at various conferences. One of the papers ("Networking innovation in the European Car Industry: does the open innovation model fit") was runner up to the "John Bessant Best Paper Award" on 2012.


The Road map for susutainable transport in Slovenia was finalised giving deep insights into the status quo of transport, comparisons of various concepts of future sustainable transport means and valuable policy recommendations and instruments.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation, Stuttgart GERMANY Stuttgart +49 (0)711 228 35 43
University of Hertfordshire, HATFIELD UNITED KINGDOM Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire +44 (0)1707 28 4369
Ministry for Agriculture and the Environment, Ljubljana SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija 38657210100
Ministry of Economy and Industry. Government of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela SPAIN Galicia +34 981 541 079
Pannon Novum West-transdanubian Regional Innovation Non-profit Ltd., Szombathely HUNGARY Nyugat-Dunantul 00 36 94/509-047
Province of Turin, Torino ITALY Piemonte +39 (011) 861 7326
Norfolk County Council, Norwich UNITED KINGDOM East Anglia 00441953 859103
Regional Development Agency - West Region, Timisoara ROMANIA Vest +40 256 491981
Galician Innovation Agency. Ministry of Economy and Industry. Xunta de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela SPAIN Galicia +34 981 541 071


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