The leading partner in the project is the Slovenj Gradec-based Polymer Technology College, which is joining forces with Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre TECOS, the Slovenian Plasttechnics Cluster and Austria's Leoben University and Materials Cluster Styria.
On both sides of the border, there is a high concentration of companies and higher education institutions active in the field of polymer technology (like automotive or tool making industries), stressed Silva Roncelli Vaupot of the Polymer Technology College.
The Polyregion project is about finding the synergy that will enable a breakthrough in economic growth, she added.
Roncelli Vaupot noted that polymer technology was one of the most promising fields in economy and that it required a lot of knowledge, which needed to be constantly updated.
Some 150 companies from Slovenia and Austria are to take part in the project, which will bring a number of activities, including language courses of Slovenian and German and many other educational events.
Polyregion is also expected to result in joint development projects and a cross-border economic cluster.