• Validation Workshop Meeting For The FORESDA Project

    In connection with Bulgarian Furniture Cluster’s participation in the FORESDA Project, a Regional Validation Workshop meeting took place on Wednesday, 30.08.2017 in Inter Expo Center. Attending the meeting were total of 15 relevant stakeholders in order to strengthen the networking activities and ensure the active involvement in decision-making process related to the future of forest-based sector. The participants agreed to collaborate in the future activities connected of the realisation of the project.

  • FORESDA Project Newsletter N1

    Forest-based industries have the potential to become an engine for a sustainable and competitive bioeconomy in the Danube area. However, on a macro-regional level, the competitiveness of the forest-based sector suffers from significant disparities in quadruple helix collaboration, low levels of knowledge-based activities, weak innovation culture especially in the South-Eastern regions, low levels of internationalisation of SMEs, insufficient transnational coordination at cluster and institutional level, and difficulties in commercialising research results. Furthermore, they are affected by climate change, competition for wood resources, changing consumer demands, growing complexity of manufacturing processes and a lack of renewed qualified workforce.

    Building on the results of the Interreg SEE project ID:WOOD, FORESDA’s main objective is to support the transformation of traditional forest-based industries into sustainable manufacturing areas by an innovative cross-sectoral and transnational approach:
    • Developing and supporting cross-sectoral collaborative networks and innovation projects as idea generation engines,
    • Implementing cross-sectoral pilot innovation environments as physical and virtual collaboration spaces,
    • Building up necessary supportive capacities in clusters, intermediaries, research organisations and policy makers.

    The main results will be:
    • increased effectiveness of collaborative research and innovation activities, leading to the emergence of new cross-sectoral value chains primarily in the areas smart and sustainable construction and furniture, innovative bio-based products and materials and energy efficiency;
    • enhanced innovation management capacities in relevant intermediary organisations such as clusters.;
    • a durable transnational approach and strategy for the development of the forest-based sector.
    The results delivered will be highly replicable and provide valuable inputs for policy makers on regional, national and European level.


    Priority: Enhancing capacity for joint planning, problem solving and development
    Key Area of Intervention: Links and networking on institutional, business and educational levels
    Duration: 12 months (05.09.2013 – 05.09.2014)
    Activities organized by the BFC under the Project:

    1. B2B event (Furniture manufacturers, Retailers and Designers from Serbia and Bulgaria)
    2. Design workshop for University students (Mentors: Eyal Tahor, Krassi Kapitanov, Boyan Benev, Ivan Grozev)
    3. Study tour in Bulgaria
    4. Design Webinars
    5. Web Workshop for Design and Furniture production Students and Professors
    6. Web Conferences
    7. Research Study: “Competitiveness of BG-SER furniture cluster cooperation project in EU-CEFTA Russian Federation Markets
    8. Cluster Management Training
    Project Objectives:
    The overall objective of TABLE project was to increase the economic synergy in the BG-SER region through the development of a sound framework for cross-border business support, educational cooperation and transfer of best practices. The specific objective: Business and educational cooperation improved between Bulgarian and Serbian Furniture clusters, thus increasing joint competitive advantage in the markets of CEFTA, EU and Russian Federation.
    Project Rationale:
    On one side the Bulgarian Furniture Cluster is more experienced in exporting (98%), marketing and international tenders, consists of larger companies and is part of EU market on the other Serbia is a member of CEFTA (SEE Trade Zone – 55 million people) and is the only country outside CIS that enjoys a free trade agreement with the Russian Federation (150 million people).

  • BFC – Benefits from the Synergy

    Priority: Growing the competitive advantage for both each cluster member and for their joint activities
    Key Area of Intervention: Capacity development for the cluster and the cluster members
    Duration: 22 months (X.2013 – VII.2015)
    Activities under the Project:
    1. Business Visits at the: Doimo International Group; Chair Triangle (Northeast Italy); UEA and EFIC (Belgium); MOSDER (Turkey); Mobel- und Holzbau-Cluster (Austria)
    2. Exhibiting at the Sleep Event 2014
    3. BakuBuild 2013
    4. Developing three strategies for the Cluster: General, Exporting and Marketing
    5. Value Chain Analysis of the Cluster and a Supply Chain Development
    6. Design and Innovation Training for representatives of the cluster members (trainer – Mirko Tattarini)
    7. Manufacturing and Logistics Training for representatives of the cluster members (IKEA + Technical University)
    8. Workshop, co-organized by all members. For the First Panel the idea is for each cluster member to prepare a lecture on the best practices they use in their business and share it @ the event. For the Second Panel there will be team building exercises.
    9. B2B Meetings in the UK, Turkey and Germany

  • Furnitu-RE START Project

    This is a project that fits to the European Union’s Re-Industrialization Agenda. It also has aspects of Advanced Manufacturing. In the traditional manufacturing sub-sector of furniture it introduces a niche for poorer South East European Counties.

    The Project has different elements for a diverse set of regions – from the most advanced (Baden-Wurtemberg, Bavaria and Austria) to the least advanced in Europe (Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria). It also has elements that meet the Smart Specialization Agenda – create a significant niche building on excising skills, markets and traditions.

    The main objectives of a Re-Manufacturing pilot would be:

    • to test a Pilot re-manufacturing “real-life” example: The removal of Hotel Furniture and its re-use via recycling and re-manufacturing.
    • to measure the inputs and outputs of such a pilot exercise. This would educate the E.U. on large scale materials (rather than electronics/ automotive parts) and their re-use.
    • to create an appetite for re-design of used furniture for re-use either as Contract Furniture or other saleable goods.
    • to develop a supply-chain of diverse countries and Institutions to continue with the dismounting, re-design and re-manufacturing of wood products as a developing “niche” market.


    Project duration: 12 months (01.04.2015 – 31.03.2016)