The Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by 17 woodworking companies and two institutions, as a Wood Industry Development Centre. In 2003, the Institute was renamed the Wood Industry Cluster.
The Wood Industry Cluster comprises a third of employees in forestry and wood-processing industry and the most important research institutions in Slovenia.
We work together on various projects, which are chosen according to the needs of individual companies. The common goal of all these activities is to strengthen the competitiveness of the cluster members.
The Wood Industry Cluster has been operating together with the Association of the Wood and Furniture Industry at the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2007. The Association deals with the industry policy and coordinates its members’ interests with a wider environment. The Wood Industry Cluster, however, gives operational support to its members, helping them to achieve their goals.
Research, innovation, creativity, efficient technology, new marketing approaches and business models, competent personnel, new skills and achievement of the synergy from different domains, are the most important tools of fast development of companies into modern, knowledge-based organizations, flexible and customer-oriented companies, that can successfully compete in the global market.
An increasingly complex and demanding business environment, on the one hand, and more demanding customers on the other, represent a great challenge for companies, which they can successfully respond with the support of institutions of knowledge holders and interconnection.
The mission of the Wood Industry Cluster is promotion of the integration of companies and research institutions, aiming at improving the knowledge transfer into the companies, facilitating their participation in international development projects and implementing projects of common interest, resulting in knowledge-based competitiveness.
R & D projects and business development support
Training for companies
Internationalization of companies
Transfer of knowledge by linking R&D and companies
Support for the circular economy and digitalisation of companies
Strengthening the sectoral support network for the benefit of businesses