Within the West Sweden Chemicals & Materials Cluster, stakeholders from industry, research and the public sector are working together to achieve the overarching ambition to promote sustainable development and growth. Since 1 January 2016, Johanneberg Science Park has been the host organisation for the cluster.
The twin aims of the cluster are to develop and strengthen the collaboration between the participating parties and to initiate innovation and development projects within prioritised areas. The composition of the parties in the cluster is a strength which facilitates cross-sector collaboration. The cluster consists of stakeholders from the chemical, energy recycling and forestry sectors. The entire value chain is also represented in the cluster, through representatives from industry, academia, institutes and the public sector - which we believe is essential in order to be successful in promoting sustainable chemistry.
The project is being funded by the European Regional Development Project and Region Västra Götaland.
Four focus areas
The West Sweden Chemicals & Materials Cluster works on issues linked to infrastructure, technological development and knowledge-building. Four areas have been prioritised, all of which are aimed at building a bio-based economy, through innovation and technological development alongside knowledge-building:
• Renewable raw materials for chemical and material products, as well as the automotive sector
• Resource and energy efficiency
• Competence development and supply
The cluster works on these issues by participating in or organising meetings such as seminars, business meetings and meetings with decision-makers, and through initiating or participating in innovation and development projects. Collaboration is also taking place with stakeholders outside the cluster, as well as other clusters across Sweden and Europe.
Members: AGA, Akzo Nobel, Bilfinger, Borealis, Business Region Göteborg, Chalmers, Cowi, Gladium, Göteborg Energi, Hogia, Inovyn, IVL Svenska Miljöinsitutet, Johanneberg Science Park (värdorganisation), Lysekils kommun, Neste Jacobs, Preem, Perstorp, Renova, Scandinavian Enviro Systems, Siemens, Stena Metall, Stenungsunds kommun, SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut, Swedegas, Swerea, Södra, Västra Götalandsregionen.