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About the event

Automotive Cluster Days presents a unique platform for establishing mutually advantageous connections between multinational companies producing auto parts and potential local and international suppliers in the automotive industry. Also, connecting local suppliers to transnational corporations (TNCs) will help increase the number of jobs and foster local skills, technology transfer and capital provision for local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The traditional Automotive Cluster Days event in 2019 is oriented towards a narrower segment, with a focus on mechatronics, so APIP will organize Automotive & Mechatronics Cluster Days, an event embedded in the Moldova Business Week, 2019 in partnership with the Investment Agency.
Mechatronics has become the solution for many different products and processes. Modern systems have reached a high level of complexity that would have been impossible to imagine, using traditional methods. Mechatronics integrates the classical fields of computer-aided mechanics, electrical and engineering as well as information technology to establish the basic
principles for a contemporary design methodology.
However, investments in this area face many obstacles and risks, especially marked by the unprecedented intensification of competition, therefore even in the Republic of Moldova it is necessary to create a platform for cooperation among companies, by strengthening the networks of suppliers and producers of finished products, in terms of reducing costs, modernizing, diversifying and increasing the quality of production.
The risks and barriers mentioned above can overcome through clusterization, because the exchange of experiences, the elaboration of common objectives and the focus on their own strengths are the distinguishing features of clusters.
Today, innovations are developed through close collaboration between key institutions and interested companies. The difficult part of this process is identifying a trusted partner. Clusters offer remarkable opportunities for this, as they create an environment in which proximity, familiarity and support promote cooperation.

The objectives of Automotive & Mechatronics Cluster Days:

Setting up a platform for establishing mutually advantageous connections between the multinational companies producing auto parts and the potential local and international suppliers in the automotive industry;

  • Substitution of imports for TNCs carrying out investment projects in the Republic of Moldova;
  • Assisting TNCs in the process of searching for suppliers;
  • Increasing the competitiveness of SMEs in the automotive industry;
  • Facilitating an increased flow of information and technology transfer;
  • Elimination of technical barriers;
  • Establishing new business opportunities;
  • Dissemination of information on local suppliers, etc.

Audience

POLITICAL LEADERS:

  • Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
  • Minister of Economy and Infrastructure

STRUCTURES RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING POLICY:

  • The Investment Agency
  • Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure
  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Research
  • Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection
    Representatives of foreign and local private sector:
  • Local companies and investors in the automotive and electronics sector

ACADEMIC ENVIRONMENT:

  • „Alecu Russo” State University of Balti (USARB)
  • Technical University of Moldova (UTM)
  • „Bogdan PetriceicuHașdeu” State University (USBPH)
  • Institute for Economic Reforms and Competitiveness (IREC)
  • Engineering College of Strășeni (CI)
  • The Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (ASEM)

MASS MEDIA:

  • Television stations;
  • Online media;
  • National newspapers and magazines, etc.

Organizers

I. The Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry (APIP) is a non-commercial, non-governmental, independent and non-political organization, established by the free will of its members, enterprises mainly dealing with the manufacturing in the Republic of Moldova and providing related services to this sector.
APIP is one of the most representative association from the manufacturing industry, expressing the interests of manufacturers in this sector, in order to consolidate their efforts for the development of a better business and investment environment in the Republic of Moldova.
APIP aims to promote, support and defend, both nationally and internationally, the interests of its members in relations with the public authorities, and other third parties.
In order to improve the investment climate and to promote the interests of its members, the APIP activity is focused on the following goals:

  • To collaborate with the state institutions;
  • To advocate and lobby for legislative, social and administrative changes;
  • To develop and to spread specialized knowledge;
  • To support inventions and innovations in this field;
  • To facilitate the interaction of its members with foreign industrial companies;
  • To promote internationally the domestic companies, etc.

II. The Investment Agency (the Agency) is a central administrative authority subordinated to the Government, which implements the state policy in the fields of promotion and attraction of investments and has the mission to contribute to the development and economic growth of the country by promoting, attracting and locating investments, promoting exports and tourism.

The Agency carries out its functions in the following fields of activity:
1) promoting the country’s image for attracting foreign investments;
2) supporting the investment activity and protecting the investments;
3) promotion of exports;
4) promotion of tourism
5) fortification and implementation of economic diplomacy.

III. “Moldova Automotive Cluster” (ACM) is the first cluster established in the Republic of Moldova. The initiative to create ACM appeared spontaneously, as a reaction to the market demands and the necessity to capitalize on interconnections among companies, local and central administration, but also research and training institutions, following the “Triple helix” model.
The automotive sector of the Republic of Moldova, although relatively new, is one with the most dynamic growth, thanks to the investments made by the renowned foreign companies in the field. The investments attracted in the automotive sector and those ongoing highlights its development potential, while also having a leading role in strengthening the country’s potential for economic growth and raising the level of industrial performance.

AGENDA

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Thursday
15th of November

9:00 – 18:00

9:00 General presentation of the event

Welcome speeches

  • Marin CIOBANU, President of the Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry
  • Pavel FILIP, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
  • H.E Mrs. Angela GANNINGER, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Khaled SNOUBER, Head of European Affairs Enterprise Europe Network Hessen
    Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH, Germany
  • Chiril GABURICI, Minister of Economy and Infrastructure
    Presentation of the investment climate of the RM

09:30 Subject: Supply chain management in the automotive industry. Certifications required by the car manufacturers.

Speakers:

  • Ion TORNEA, Executive Director of the Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry
    Presentation of the Moldovan Supplier Development Programme
  • Thomas RUECKER, General Manager of the Institute for Production Organization and Logistics
    Key success factors to become an internationally competitive automotive supplier
  • Sergiu CROITORU, General Manager SGS Moldova
    IATF16949:2016 Automotive Quality Management  System
  • Dona SCOLA, National Expert UNIDO
    Key services to the automotive industry and overview of projects implemented in the region
  • Sergiu RABII, Precision Engineering Industry Team Leader, Moldova
    Competitiveness Project funded by USAID Innovations, Research & Development
  • Ion TIGHINEANU, Academician, Prime Vice-President of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova
    Nanotechnology in the Republic of Moldova
  • Ilia KLEIMAN, EuroPlus Investment International GmbH
    Important aspects: quality in the development of production and  export

Moderator: Iurie GOTIȘAN, Investment Promotion Manager Free Economic Zone ,,Balti”

Questions-Answers

11:30 Session I Supplier requirements

  • Brigitte Andrea NEAGU, EE Purchasing Indirect Materials, Draexlmaier Group
  • Eva SCHINKINGER, CEO Gebauer & Griller
  • Uwe RASTEL, Vice President Engineering Fritzmeier Cabin Group

    Key questions:

  1. What are the criteria for selecting suppliers?
  2. To what extent can OEMs involve first and second tier suppliers in to the innovation process?
  3. The experience of collaboration between suppliers (Tier 1 and Tier 2) and OEMs. Evolution of this process over time.

Questions and answers

Moderator: Ion LUPAN, Head of the Secretariat of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister

14:00 Session II Part I: Experience of co-working with local suppliers

  • Călin BOTEAN, Country Manager Foreign Capital Enterprise ICS “GG Cables &Wires EE” S.r.l
  • Alexandru BORDEIANU, Chief Financial Officer, Draexlmaier Automotive S.r.l
  • Ana MELNIC, Team Leader Purchasing, “Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH” in the Republic of Moldova
  • Constantin NEDER, Director Coroplast Harness Technology

Key Questions:

  1. What are the challenges and difficulties in finding potential local suppliers?
  2. What measures state institutions should undertake to facilitate the connection between the Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers?

Moderator: Professor Dr. Herfried SCHNEIDER, Technical University Ilmenau, Germany

Part II: Experience of co-working with the local multinational companies

  • Stanislav TRAISTARU, Metsud r.l.
  • Roman CROITORI, Managing Director, Metchimgrup S.r.l
  • Oleg MURZAC, Operational Director Automotive Harness Manufacturing Introscop S.A

Moderator: Dorina MARGINE, Investment Promotion Manager Free Economic Zone ,,Balti”

15:45 Session III Funding Opportunities

  • Alexandru COSOVAN, Associate Director, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Maria TERENTIEV, Analyst, Advice to Small Businesses European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Aureliu CASIAN, Head of the Project Implementation Unit of the World Bank Competitiveness Enhancement Project
  • Victor IURAȘ, Vice-President of the Board of Directors, BC ,,Moldova-Agroindbank” S.A

Moderator: Andrei CRIGAN, Partner at Gateway & Partners

16:15 Session IV Labor Market

Subject: Government’s policies and steps taken to provide skilled labor force to the automotive industry

  • Sergiu HAREA, President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova
  • Viorel BOSTAN, Rector, Technical University of Moldova
  • Raisa DOGARU, Director, National Labour Force Employment Agency
  • Tatiana DORMENCO, Vice Administrator, Free Economic Zone ,,Balti”
  • Viorica CERBUSCA, Founder ofNIKA Responsible Business Generation 

Moderator: Vadim BUBULICI, HR Specialist/Officer personnel Development and Head of Professional Education at Draexlmaier Group

17:00 Oleg PRYMAKOV

Head of Intellectual Property and Innovation Marketing Research Department, Bast Crops Research Station Ukraine

17:15 Roberto MENICI

Moldo-Italian Joint Venture Floribel S.r.l.

17:30 Claudiu PĂDUREAN

Executive Director, Cluj Today Magazine Presenting Cluj as a pole of innovation. Launch of Transylvania Today Magazine
Friday
16th of November

9:30 – 18:00
Field visit

09:30 – 11:00

Transfer to Bălți, starting point Radisson Blu Leogrand Hotel

11:30 – 12:30

Field visit to GG Cables &Wires EE plant I

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch, location: Draexlmaier Automotive S.r.l

14:00 – 14:30

Transfer to Orhei

15:00 – 16:00

Field visit to Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH

16:00 – 17:00

Transfer to Chișinău
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Pavel FILIP

Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova

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Marin CIOBANU

President of the Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry APIP mission.

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Dr. Khaled SNOUBER

Head of European Affairs, Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH, Germany

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Chiril GABURICI

Minister of Economy and Infrastructure

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H.E Mrs. Angela GANNINGER

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany

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Thomas RUECKER

General Manager of the Institute for Production Organization and Logistics

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Ion TIGHINEANU

Academician, Prime Vice-President of Academy of sciences of Moldova Nanotechnology

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Ion TORNEA

Executive Director of the Association of Employers from the Manufacturing Industry

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Sergiu RABII

ICT Industry Team Leader USAID

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Dona SCOLA

National Expert UNIDO

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Brigitte Andrea NEAGU

EE Purchasing Indirect MaterialsDraexlmaier Group

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Eva SCHINKINGER

CEO Gebauer & Griller

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Uwe RASTEL

Vice President Engineering Fritzmeier Cabin Group

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Ion LUPAN

Head of the Secretariat of the Economic Council to the Prime Minister

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Igor CORMAN

Managing Director of the office of the company “Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GMBH” in the Republic of Moldova

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Călin BOTEAN

Country Manager of the Foreign Capital Enterprise (ICS) “GG Cables &Wires EE” S.R.L

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Alexandru BORDEIANU

Chief Financial Officer, Draexlmaier Automotive S.r.l;

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Constantin NEDER

Director Coroplast Harness Technology;

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Andrei CRIGAN

Partner at Gateway & Partners

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Herfried SCHNEIDER

Technical University Ilmenau, German

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Oleg MURZAC

Operational Director Automotive Harness Manufacturing

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Roman CROITORI

Managing Director of METCHIMGRUP S.R.L.

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Claudiu PĂDUREAN

Director executiv Cluj Today

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Viorica CERBUŞCA

Founder of NIKA Responsible Business Generation

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Segiu HAREA

President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Moldova

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Viorel BOSTAN

Head of the Technical University of Moldova

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Raisa DOGARU

Director of the National Labour Force Employment

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Tatiana DORMENCO

Vice Administrator of the Free Economic Zone ,,Balti”

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Roberto MENICI

Moldo-Italian Joint Venture FLORIBEL S.R.L.

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Victor IURAȘ

Vice-President of the Board of Directors, BC ,,Moldova-Agroindbank” S.A

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Alexandru COSOVAN

Associate Director, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Maria TERENTIEV

Maria TERENTIEV, Analyst, Advice to Small Businesses European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Aureliu CASIAN

Head of the Project Implementation Unit of the World Bank

Competitiveness Enhancement Project

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Oleg PRYMAKOV

Head of the scientific research department on intellectual property issues and innovations marketing

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Ilia KLEIMAN

EuroPlus Investment International GmbH

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Vadim BUBULICI

HR Specialist/Officer personnel Development and Head of Professional Education at Draexlmaier Group

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Sergiu CROITORU

General Manager SGS

CONTACTS

email: [email protected]

tel.: + 373 69888998

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