Strengthen the Serbian Auto-Cluster and enhancing supplier competitiveness
In 2007, UNIDO initiated a technical assistance project to strengthen the automotive cluster and its members in Serbia, which will was finalized in December 2009.
This project sought to work directly with local component manufacturers to see what problems they were facing on the ground and help them upgrade their performance through direct counseling and shop-floor training. Besides upgrading companies, the second main element focused on the transfer of know-how and expertise to a group of Serbian counselors and cluster development agents, who are able to provide technical assistance to automotive component manufacturers over time. Finally a strong focus was set on the development of the auto-cluster organization as such. Based on good practices from the Auto-Cluster Slovenia (ACS), the Automotive Cluster of Serbia was assisted in clearly formulating its vision, strategy and business plan, which lead to increased satisfaction levels among members and built a strong basis for future collaboration.
With a view of building upon the already achieved results and continuing to provide counselling and technical assistance services, a second project phase was launched in early 2011. This phase aims at broadening and deepening the scope and outreach of the original project services, thereby further strengthening Serbian small and medium-sized automotive component suppliers to meet the requirements of global clients. Within this context, the second project phase pursues following core objectives: