The beginnings of all things are small…
The plastics cluster was established in February 2006 as an Interest Association of Legal Entities with the aim to create a communication platform for its members – plastic product manufacturers. The main reason for cluster establishment was especially strong position of the plastics industry in the Zlín Region (together with rubber industry it represents the most productive sector of the region). Another reason is a shortage of qualified working labour force, missing research and development background for plastic product manufacturers, need of an appropriate negotiation position for services and products and effective enforcement of the sector interests.
Plastr activities focus on 4 priority sectors: education and human resources development and innovation, cooperation, common purchase and sale of services and promotion of Plastr. Very important is also the interaction with the important institutions of the region- Tomas Bata University in Zlín ( applied research, specialised bachelor study programme, cluster performance measurement, benchmarking), the Zlín Region (lobbying for plastics processing branch, regional innovation strategy, technical education in the region), Association for the Development of the Zlin Region ( regional strategy), Technological Innovation Centre (competitions - Innovative company of the year, The best Student Business Plan). In cooperation with secondary school members we participate in modification of the study plans of vocational subjects and we promote a program of plastics processing to the target groups (children – parents - school counsellors).
With significant cost savings for member companies we successfully buy electricity and gas. Common purchase of raw materials, indirect material and selected services has been in a preparatory phase.