As part of the BRIDGES project additional activities action plan, PP7 PBN is working on the value chain mapping. Aligned with the forthcoming RIS3, PP7 is trying to diversify the regional economic base from automotive to ICT & health care specialization - which is also the focus of the value chain mapping. 

The value chain map analyses relevant technologies in terms of advanced manufacturing (advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, life science technologies, artificial intelligence, security and connectivity), with thematic orientation in health (such as biomaterials, neurotechnology, bioengineering, medical engineering, etc.). These categories are further matched to products, applications, key investments and competences present in the research area. The research area extends to a radius of 300 km, i.e. it covers Western Transdanubia, Hungary as well as parts of the cross-border area e.g. Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia…

 Concentrations of one or more of these categories within (i) the regional and national parts of the research area indicate competitive advantage, suitable for in-shoring initiatives, to be later recommended for Type 1 policy impact (new projects); (ii) the cross-border area indicate interregional complementarities and types of potential nearshoring initiatives, which, following further analysis will also be recommended for Type 1 policy impact (new projects). In this way, i.e. by defining the VC mapping research area to extend beyond regional delimitations, PP7 is ensuring a strategic and effective way for identifying and activating interregional complementarities.

 The PP7 project team (Andrea Kurucz and Balázs Barta) as well as their expert who is in charge of the VC mapping (Krisztina Bárdos) feel that the VCA novel approach is highly relevant and complementary to ongoing efforts.

There will be update when the value chain mapping exercise is completed, and the report will be available from this location.