NextMove cluster has been officially registered by the French authorities in March 2006 as a “Competitiveness Cluster”. NextMove is a non-profit organisation and focus its actions on “automotive & advanced transports safe for man and his environment”. The cluster brings together most of the French automotive players: world class companies, SMEs and research organizations (more than 600 members) in order to generate collaborative projects, to create innovations and to develop research activities on its territories. NextMove cluster is the biggest Mobility and Automotive cluster in Europe, has been mobilizing its energies at the service of its members to meet the objectives to foster the development of collaborative projects between members, to contribute to development in the Normandy & Ile-de-France regions of companies, in particular SMEs, to promote innovation, and to increase the competitiveness of the automotive industry.
The cluster focuses on mobility and automotive industries, industrial production lines and tools, and Research and Development (products and processes). NextMove takes particular care of small and medium businesses, which represent 52 % of current cluster members (compared to 17 % in 2006). They all participate in each decision-making process and contribute to many new projects. In 2019, the member SMEs raised €62M, and SMEs Groups generated an additional turnover of €327K. Overall, NextMove’s commitment to business growth resulted in the creation of 500 jobs.
Furthermore, local and national authorities are involved in this “research-driven cluster” dynamic. The cluster is located in 2 regions: Normandy and Paris Region, where 75% of France automotive R&D is performed. NextMove was awarded Gold Label by ECEI in 2015 and 2017. NextMove is member of EGVIA.
In TREASURE project, NextMove is in charge of the linking to relevant networks and regions by implementation of a European event about Treasure results for Best Pratices sharing and for dissimination organizing one 3-days workshop and summer school at the end of project. Also, NexMove will carry on the inter-sector promotion.