The Eastern Cape’s Agro-Industrial Manufacturing (AIM) Cluster is geared to support the coordinated development of manufacturing which utilises agricultural inputs. The economic cluster model is considered to be the most appropriate structure to drive and coordinate this development.
The AIM Cluster is a grouping of strategically interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in agro-industrial manufacturing in the Eastern Cape. Although Cluster members are independent entities, participation in the AIM Cluster provides opportunities to increase productivity and competitiveness of Members and the cluster as a whole. Generally, cluster members benefit through shared initiatives (market access, marketing, supply-chain development etc), and through the unlocking of synergies between them.
KEY FOCUS AREAS for the development and management of the Eastern Cape AIM Cluster include:
RELEVANCE: Maintain focus on the relevance of the Cluster for members as a cornerstone for economic development;
FOCUSED CLUSTER INTERVENTIONS: At which junctures must cluster interventions be focused to maximise the benefit to individual projects and the cluster as a whole, and to maintain focus within the overall context of the cluster strategy;
CLUSTER-BASED TRAINING: Cluster-based training: develop the capacity within cluster projects to apply the cluster
development skills and disciplines, and the business incubation principles, to further develop the projects within the cluster;
REVIEWING AND AUDITING CLUSTERING INTIATIVES: Reviewing and monitoring the cluster development process to ensure effectiveness of the cluster actions, and continued alignment with the cluster strategy.
COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION: Coordination and Communication: undertaking overall coordination between
activities and projects to unlock synergies and cost savings, and maintain overall direction within the scope of the cluster strategy.