EDIA & DEFENCE ESTONIA CLUSTER
Estonian Defence Industry Association (EDIA) was founded in 2009 and represents leading defence and security industry companies in Estonia. Estonian Defence and Security Industry Innovation Cluster was first established in 2012. The new Defence Estonia Cluster was launched in 2019. At the moment, the cluster has 12 members:
Bristol Trust, CybExer Technologies, DefSecIntel Solutions, Threod Systems, Milectria, Milrem, Nordic Armoury, Semetron, Defendec, Toci, Marduk Technologies and Estonian Defence Industry Association.
Defence Estonia Cluster is a network for international cooperation and export to enhance the cooperation between Estonian companies, R&D institutions and clients (triple helix). Cluster and its members participate in international projects and programs to increase export capability and sales of the Estonian companies on the defence and security markets.
The aim of the Defence Estonia Cluster is to promote innovation in the defence and security industry and to develop new and highly competitive products and services for export. The Clusters’ target is to increase the export volume of Estonian defence and security industry tenfold by the year 2029.
Defence Estonia Cluster has five focus areas:
- COMPETENCE BUILDING – developing necessary skills and know-how;
- MARKETS – improving export performance;
- INNOVATION – cooperation with R&D Institutions, business development and participation in international projects and programs;
- FINANCING – developing new financing sources for companies;
- PUBLIC RELATIONS – creating a positive image of the Sector and boosting its visibility.
International cooperation partners of EDIA:
- BAE Systems Hägglunds AB
- MBDA France
- Raytheon International
- SAAB Defence and Security
- YKK U.K. Branch in Finland
If you are interested to become a member, please write info( ät )defence.ee
Defence Estonia Cluster activities are supported by European Regional Development Fund.
Estonian Defence & Security Industry Innovation Cluster was awarded with the Bronze Label of the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECEI) in May 2017.
More information about the European Cluster Excellence Initiative can be found here.
Today, June 22, the council of the Estonian Defence Industry Association (EDIA) with its recently elected new members conveyed and re-elected Taavi Veskimägi as the chairman of the council of the EDIA.
The members of the council are Merle Maigre, Villiko Nurmoja, Heino Piirsalu, Ingvar Pärnamäe, Jaanus Tamm, Arno Vaik, Taavi Veskimägi, Kuldar Väärsi and Oliver Väärtnõu.
The first meeting of the renewed council of the EDIA discussed the work plan for the second half of the year, the split of activities between the members of the council and issues related to the renewal of the EDIA long term strategy and Estonian defence industrial policy.
Taavi Veskimägi underlined an essential task of the elected council is to renew General Defence Industrial Policy. It is also necessary to transform the Estonian Defence Industry Association into an Estonian Defence and Aerospace Industry Association and secure the legal framework for treating the defence industry as a coherent part of Estonia’s comprehensive national defence system.
“For the last ten years we have been successfully developing the Estonian defence industry. As a clear sign of it was the recent success of Estonian defence industry companies in the competition for the European Union Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), where the Estonian companies were the third most successful among EU member states. Now we want to do the same in promoting the Estonian space industry, turning the association into a classic defence and space industry alliance,” said Veskimägi.
The Estonian Defence Industry Association was established in February of 2009 and nowadays brings together more than a hundred companies covering all critical areas of the defence industry. The goal of the association is to create better opportunities in the market of defence-related services and goods of the companies belonging to the association and to be a strategic partner for the Estonian state to strengthen Estonia’s defence capabilities and contribute to economic development.
For additional information, please contact Tarmo Ränisoo, phone: 5551 8896, email@example.com
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