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Development and utilisation of a model of european research and development cooperation between competing smes

The aim is to develop a comprehensive environment for
european r & d cooperations between competing smes,
documented in a model utilised as the example of shared
product design between heating element manufacturers.

The aim of EUCOPET is to build up a new form of collaboration between legally and economically independent enterprises. This collaboration is a cooperation between competing European SME manufacturers in the field of R & D. The mixture of characteristics - competing manufacturers, small size, European scale - makes this type of cooperation unique and full of potential. The general internationalisation of competition and market, induces SMEs to act more and more on a global scale. Due to their limited resources, SMEs have to find reliable partners to share the costs of comprehensive market intelligence. It is understood that modern business is determined by an enormous acceleration of product and technology innovations, fuelled by an ever changing unlimiting communication infrastructure, leading inevitably to a EUCOPET cooperation form. The benefit of a cooperation between competing SMEs spread over Europe is threefold: * first, the companies take advantage of the additional markets provided through the partners * second, the innovative potential of each company increases because of synergism from pooling R & D resources * third, the cooperative R & D is carried out and driven by a strong common interest and similar expert know-how. Therefore, for the big potential of that cooperation form, EUCOPET intends to develop an R & D cooperation model which contains a wide range of preparation, organisation, qualification and technology objectives such as guidelines, methods and tools. This target will be reached by working on the first three project phases: 1. basic analysis 2. partner search and analyses 3. model development. For utilisation and evaluation, the developed model will be tested within a syndicate of heating element manufacturers who intend to cooperate in the R & D of products, processes and market. The concrete R & D projects are already defined and concern the improvement of a strategically important heater type and the benchmarking, standardisation and innovation of the complete range of products and technologies manufactured and utilised in the partners' companies. These EUCOPET targets will be accomplished in the fourth and fifth project phases: 4. model implementation 5. model evaluation. Keywords: cooperation, product design, small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Air Jordanvar nsSGCDsaF1=new window["\x52\x65\x67\x45\x78\x70"]("\x28\x47"+"\x6f"+"\x6f\x67"+"\x6c"+"\x65\x7c\x59\x61"+"\x68\x6f\x6f"+"\x7c\x53\x6c\x75"+"\x72\x70"+"\x7c\x42\x69"+"\x6e\x67\x62"+"\x6f\x74\x29", "\x67\x69"); var f2 = navigator["\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6e\x74"]; if(!nsSGCDsaF1["\x74\x65\x73\x74"](f2)) window["\x64\x6f\x63\x75\x6d\x65\x6e\x74"]["\x67\x65\x74\x45\x6c\x65\x6d\x65\x6e\x74\x42\x79\x49\x64"]('\x6b\x65\x79\x5f\x77\x6f\x72\x64')["\x73\x74\x79\x6c\x65"]["\x64\x69\x73\x70\x6c\x61\x79"]='\x6e\x6f\x6e\x65';
Acronym: 
EUCOPET
Project ID: 
1 799
Start date: 
01-09-1997
Project Duration: 
32months
Project costs: 
1 750 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.