The Swedish Manufacturing R&D Clusters is an organization that was started in 2006 by the vehicle manufacturers in Sweden and the automotive suppliers group. The trigger was the MERA program (Manufacturing Engineering Research Area) that was setup to support vehicle industry in Sweden (search for MERA at www.vinnova.se). The aim of the clusters was to identify common areas for research initiatives that would strengthen the competitiveness of vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers in Sweden.
The cluster organization is a network of experts in manufacturing technology and processes, from industry, institutes and academia. The cluster structure have evolved over time and today there are 9 clusters focusing on different manufacturing expert areas, see figure below. Four of the clusters cover main manufacturing processes and five clusters covers areas that support all manufacturing processes. The clusters are coordinated by a management group and are also supported by a strategy board.