Innovation and R&D
CSM offers advanced and qualified services to companies (trade associations and territorial stakeholders) in relation to strategic aspects for their competitiveness and acts as a mediator in the process of technology transfer between the production system and universities/research centres.
CSM has been operating since 2000 for building European level projects both for companies, single or in groups, and for intermediary organisations (clusters, trade associations, consortia …), activating its expertise for the following activities:
– Identification of the most suitable funding tool (call)
– Thematic scenario definition
– Building international partnerships
– Definition of project proposals
CSM also participates, directly or through the dID cluster, in European calls for the development of training, innovation and internationalization projects.
The Training sector is a strategic area in the activities and functions that are carried out by the CSM both to support and enhance the wealth of entrepreneurial, managerial, specialist and technical skills that represent the wealth of the interiors sector, and as a tool to accompany innovation projects and technological transfer processes of single companies and the entire regional production system.
CSM deals with:
– Strategy projects for the definition of new pathways and curricula for the sector, often carried on in partnership with European clusters specialised in the sector funded under EU calls
– Management of technical and professional training courses funded by Regional Calls with ESF funds
– Structuring of paid training courses on innovation topics
CSM is an ISO 9001 certified training agency CERTIFICATE N. 779 and ACCREDITED TUSCANY REGION pursuant to DGRT 1407 / 2016– with accreditation code n. OF0168
Since its foundation, CSM has made of INNOVATION one of its main objectives, developing a progressive ability to build strategies and projects for the interiors/living environments sector conceived in the region of Tuscany as a complex of production sectors going from furniture, accessories (home & contract), RVs’ interiors and shipyard interiors.
CSM offers advanced and qualified services to companies in relation to strategic aspects for their competitiveness and acts as a mediator in the process of technology transfer between the production system and universities/research centres.
Thanks to an extended network of skills structured and made up of regional and national research organizations – Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena, S.Anna, CNR, INSTM Consortium, Milan Politecnico, Turin Politecnico, Sapienza Rome, … – CSM offers services on product, process and market innovation.
It carries out support activities for companies and the production area ranging from the identification of potential scenarios and innovation topics, to the definition of projects for innovation and R&D, from the creation of industrial and scientific partnerships to the identification of funding tools, from drafting of the project to coordination of technical-administrative activities.
CSM works to promote the interiors and living environments sector and support companies in penetrating new international markets, implementing a series of activities that include:
– market intelligence activities (analysis of potentially interesting markets, trends’ analysis, research of potential partners, buyers, operators …),
– the organization of missions abroad, thematic workshops, b2b meetings and incoming of operators with visits to companies,
– the definition of market approach strategies for groups of non-competitors:
participation in trade fairs, opening of representative office, showroom, temporary shops / Concept shops, joint ventures with local partners…
– identification of funding and support tools in the submission and management of internationalization projects
Who We Are
The Experimental Centre for Furniture and Furnishings was founded in 1982 in Poggibonsi (Siena) with the aim of providing companies in the furniture sector with support in terms of research / innovation, promotion / internationalization and professional training.
C.S.M. boards is formed by representatives of both public and private sectors, representatives of trade associations, municipalities, together with industrial and artisan companies. Trade associations provide their own contribution to the definition of CSM guidelines and strategies, allowing to concentrate in the same direction experiences, functions and knowledge that are not homogeneous in themselves.
CSM has been the leader of dID -Technological Cluster for Interiors & Design since 2012 taking care of the regional interiors & living environments system – furniture & accessories (home and contract), artistic crafts, RVs’ interiors and shipyard interiors.
CSM, as leader of dID, is a co-founder, representing the Tuscany Region, of both the SMILE – Smart Living Technologies National Cluster, which aims to develop knowledge, technological solutions, and highly innovative products in line with the Ambient Intelligence and Ambient Assisted Living paradygms leading to redesigning living environments in order to guarantee inclusion, safety, eco-sustainability, advanced and innovative performances; and of the National Cluster MinIT Made in Italy, which aims to support a wide network of organisations and companies working in the textile, fashion, gold, wood and furniture sectors through innovation and promotion specific actions.
Irene BurroniGraduated in Far Eastern Languages at Cà Foscari University of Venice, she has been working in CSM since 2001 as an international expert and has been Director of the centre since January 2011. She has expertise in the design and implementation of projects on foreign markets to support internationalization, in the development of innovation and technological transfer processes of Tuscan companies in the furniture / wood sector. She is project manager of European Projects carried out in partnership with European Design and Interiors clusters to support the definition of tools and policies for innovation, internationalization and training areas.
Ilaria BedeschiPhD in Architecture and Design at the University of Florence, since 2000 in CSM, she has been involved in coordinating activities for innovation, internationalization and promotion projects. She is responsible for the R&D area and for all activities related to technological transfer by mediating the relationships between research organizations and SMEs in the manufacturing sectors.
Laura RocchiGraduated in Law from the University of Siena; since 2001 she has been working in CSM as Head of training activities. She has gained extended experience in the complete management of the entire life cycle of the training offer. QMS Manager. Qualification Expert Evaluator of Learning. She also manages the reporting of projects funded under ESF programmes.
Laura also deals with the management of Innovation, R&D projects and relationships with companies.
Martina MarriGraduated in Business Management and Control at the Faculty of Economics of Siena. In CSM since 2018 she manages supporting activities for the start-up, management and reporting of R&D, innovation and internationalization projects on regional, national and European calls.
Giuseppe LottiArchitect and PhD. He is president of the Degree Course in Industrial Design of the University of Florence and scientific coordinator of the Laboratory of Design for sustainability. He is scientific manager of research projects at European, national and regional level, curator of exhibitions in Italy and abroad, author of books and scientific articles. He is scientific coordinator of dID – Technological Cluster for Interiors and Design and consultant of CSM
Stefania BucciAccountant, in CSM since 2005 she is the administrative manager of the centre and takes care of the four-year management and reporting of ESF budgets and public funds (ordinary administration tasks, invoicing, customer / supplier contacts; reporting tasks for ESF projects, management and updating of the regional database for the periodical financial monitoring of training courses).
WHERE WE ARE
CSM headquarters are in LOC. DROVE 15 POGGIBONSI (SI)
open Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm
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