Vision, Objectives &

Learn about the EACN project and how it will overcome the challenges of the automotive industry.

What is EACN?

The European Automotive Cluster Network is an European project formed by nine clusters. The aim of the initiative is to strength Cluster-to-Cluster cooperation via a common collaboration strategy and joint cluster actions; boost competitiveness of cluster members, especially SMEs, via business creation, the initiation of collaborative research projects and of joint investments in industrial modernisation in the field of Industry of the Future; and build an strategic interregional collaboration and strong industry cooperation focused on four pillars:

Virtualisation for planning processes (simulation and modelling)

Robotics & Artificial Intelligence in production processes

Elasticity of production processes in SMEs

Skills and competences of people


The EACN project consortium sees opportunities in interregional learning and cooperation as a means to support the change processes related to industrial modernisation, enhancing the potential for competitive production processes and improving companies’ position in the global automotive value network.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.
Helen Keller


EACN Objective 1


To identify the current situation and challenges concerning industrial modernisation in the automotive sector of global trends in mobility, industry 4.0 and climate change.

EACN Objective 2


To create a long-term strategic alliance for current and future EACN clusters to work together on the industrial modernisation.

EACN Objective 3


To promote interregional cooperation between cluster members of different clusters with the aim to support change processes in industrial modernisation.

EACN Objective 4


To promote interregional business networking among cluster members of different clusters.


  • Project name: European Automotive Cluster Network for Joint Industrial Modernisation Investments
  • Project reference: 821989
  • Duration and funding: October 16 2018 to January 15 2021 (24 months - including 3 months interruption due to Coronavirus pandemic)
  • Total cost: 473.372 € euros
  • EU Contribution: 349.984,50 euros by the COSME programme
  • Coordinator: Pôle Véhicule du Futur (PVF)
  • Partners: Galician Automotive Cluster (CEAGA), Automotive Industry Cluster of Catalonia (CIAC), Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing (SAAM), Automotive Cluster Bulgaria (ACB), Serbian Automotive Cluster (ACS)
  • Interested Partners: Bayern Innovativ, Automotive BW