Intelligent services and sustainable supply chains for the Danube region - BIOPRO Baden-Württemberg is working on this together with other partners in the Danube Alliance for SME Competitiveness project. The goal is to increase the resilience and competitiveness of supply chains involving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Danube region.
The COVID-19 pandemic affected all areas of society, and that included the economy: global value chains were often interrupted when one or more suppliers were unable to operate effectively. The crisis clearly showed how fragile and crisis-prone globalised supply chains in particular can be in extreme situations. Stakeholders in the Danube region who work in the middle or at the end of relevant value chains also suffered from the crisis.
There are basically two ways to make a supply chain more flexible and stable:
The Danube Alliance for SME Competitiveness aims to use both approaches to find ways to make supply chains in the Danube region more sustainable and resilient.
The Danube region includes all areas bordering the Danube and extends from the source of the Danube in the Black Forest to the Black Sea in Eastern Europe. The Danube passes through ten countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine) - more than any other river on earth.
With a total of 115 million people, the Danube region has huge potential to establish favourable production structures, which would help it to confront future crises in a more stable manner.
The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of State and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism. The project comes under Priority Area 8 (PA8) of the European Danube Region strategy.
As part of the Danube Alliance for SME Competitiveness project, the first step (Lab 1), involves defining in greater detail important, individual value chains in the Danube region and identifying associated supply chains that have particularly high potential for optimisation with the involvement of Danube partners to help turn improvements into reality.
The second step (Lab 2) will provide potential smart services and sustainable supply chains for SMEs, allowing them to make their supply chains more flexible and adaptable.
Both 'Labs' will work closely together in a complementary way to achieve the goals together.
To this end, BIOPRO is working with its partners VDI/VDE-IT, Steinbeis 2i and Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences. BIOPRO will be able to contribute its many years of experience from other Danube projects such as GoDanuBio and DanuBioValNet to the new project.