Innovation Networks

Clusters

Clustering represents one of the key priorities of industry and business development in Lithuania. Small companies often lack the necessary human and material resources, technical knowledge and experience for development of innovation, thus cooperation becomes particularly important for them. The formation of clusters in different industry sectors is at the primary stage in Lithuania. However, there are a few clusters successfully operating: Photovoltaic Technology Cluster, Alliance of Baltic Beverage Industry (ABBI), Laser and Light Science and

Technology Association, and Modern Housing Development Cluster. Other sectors that might have the high potential to form the clusters in Lithuania:

  • Wood processing and furniture manufacturing;
  • Machinery and devices, metal processing industry;
  • Food industry;
  • Textile and clothing;
  • Chemistry industry;
  • Laser and their component manufacturing industry;
  • Information and communication technologies;
  • Biotechnology industry;
  • Creative industry;
  • Wellness and wellbeing industry;
  • “Eco” dimension;
  • Vilnius Film Cluster.

In the period of 2007–2013, approximately LTL 186 million will be allocated to develop general infrastructure of clusters and to strengthen their activity. Support is provided not only to manufacturing industries, but also to companies working in the fields of publishing, creative industries, wellness, eco-dimensions, etc. In the process of formation and development of new clusters other than financial support is also offered. More...

Science, Studies and Business Centres (Valleys)

There are five integrated science, studies and business centres (valleys) being developed in Lithuania.The valleys are being created in the capital city Vilnius, in Kaunas - the 2nd largest city and the industrial centre, and seaport in Klaipėda. They will specialize in different scientific research fields (laser and light technologies, nanotechnologies, semiconductor physics, electronics and organic electronics, civil engineering, biotechnology, bio pharmacy, molecular medicine, ecosystems and safe environment, sustainable chemistry and bio pharmacy, mechatronics and biomedical engineering, energy, information and communication technologies, agriculture, forestry, food scientific research, marine business, as well as natural resources and environmental protection).

 

Valleys

 

SMEs Networks

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of Europe’s economy: there are 23 million SMEs in Europe representing around 99% of all undertakings, and 57% of them are sole proprietorships. They provide two thirds of total private-sector employment represent 80% of the total job creation and produce more than half of the EU added value. Therefore SMEs are important for future economic growth. It has been shown that SMEs cooperating with other companies are more competitive and that companies that are cooperating within networks show better performance than companies outside such networks. Still, quite a small proportion of SMEs are working systematically with network activities.

Last updated: 23-01-2017