The chain of building products is complex, whether it is new buildings or regeneration and recovery processes of the existing building and involves a growing number of actors who often operate locally and belong to a micro or small business; therefore economic operators often have different economic objectives.
Because of this aspect, the value chain is influenced much more frequently than in other sectors by the size and type of project that determine the number of actors and stakeholders involved.
However, the construction sector continues to be a strategic sector in regional, national and European economies, in particular due to the high number of employees in the supply chain itself, as well as to the growing number of new players, the potential development innovation attributed to it from other supply chains such as the energy market and ICT.
The Clust-ERs are associations of public and private bodies: companies, research centres and training institutions that share skills, ideas and resources to support the competitiveness the regional industrial strategic sectors.
The Emilia-Romagna Region has found in the Clust-ERs the subjects capable of multiplying innovation opportunities through a collaborative approach, as they focus their activity in R&D strategic sectors.
Together with the Technopoles and the High Technology Network laboratories, they are one of the key players in the regional innovation ecosystem coordinated by ASTER, the Emilia-Romagna consortium for innovation and technology transfer.
The Clust-ERs of Emilia-Romagna are part of the Clust-ER project promoted by ASTER and are financed by the European Funds of the Emilia-Romagna Region - ERDF ROP 2014-2020.