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Name / Title

Project: Development of Wood Enterprises Cluster and Promotion of Cross Border Co-operation“
Implemented by public organization “South Lithuanian Business Co-operation Centre” (founder Alytus Region Business Association) 

Case Study Region

Alytus county

Geographical coverage

Lithuania, Alytus county and Latvia, Latgale region


Project; advice service; partnership


Main activity / focus


The main aim of the project was to increase the competitiveness of industrial and business enterprises of Alytus and Jēkabpils regions. The cluster formed favourable conditions for business development and joint activities of enterprises, their co-operation, and introduction of new technologies. Using the opportunities, provided by cross-border co-operation, access of Alytus and Jēkabpils regions enterprises to new markets was facilitated.

Target beneficiaries / market

Alytus and Jēkabpils regions’ wood processing and furniture sector SMEs

Year established


Current Funding source(s)

Projectwas partly financed by European Union Community Initiative “Baltic Sea Region INTERREG III B Neighbourhood Programme”


Project partners/network brokers: South Lithuanian Business Co-operation, Lithuania, Latvian Chamber of Commerce

List of the companies (8 Lithuanian and 4 Latvian, 12 in total) taking part in the project:

UAB „Albrikas“, Alytaus raj., SIA „Breku studenti“, Jekabpils, AB „Enermega“, Alytus, UAB „Heliantos medis“, Alytus, UAB „Jundos plokštė“, Alytus, UAB „Jundos stalių gaminiai“, Alytaus raj., SIA „Sala miežs“, Jekabpils, SIA „Selijas mežs“, Jekabpils, SIA „Selno“, Jekabpils, UAB „Termosnaigė“, Alytus, UAB „Veimutė“, Alytus, UAB „Žaliašilio miškai“, Alytus.





After Lithuania and Latvia joined the EU, wood processing and furniture sector of Alytus and Latgale regions encounted lack of raw materials, rising prices of energy, stricter requirements concerning product quality, working conditions and environment. Wood-processing and furniture-producing enterprises of Alytus and Latgale regions, due to their small size, had difficulties in finding new markets, developing new products, preparing projects.

In order to help overcome the above-mentioned problems, increase competitiveness of wood-processing and furniture enterprises of Alytus and Latgale regions and form pre-conditions for their successful performance in dynamic free market conditions, South Lithuanian Business Co-operation Centre together with Latvian Chamber of Commerce planed to form a cluster model of wood enterprises and hence stimulate initiatives of their co-operation, provide services in the fields of design, consulting and search for export markets, organize fairs for contacts with potential clients. Latvian partners agreed to support this idea because of the same problems in Latvia. The involvement of Latvian partners allows not only to exchange experience, but also to create common strategies, to increase competitiveness of wood enterprises of Baltic countries in the EU.

This project promoted creation and development of higher value-added products by increasing skills level of employees of wood enterprises. Fostering co-operation between wood and furniture enterprises contributed to improvement of  business conditions for SME subjects in Lithuania and Latvia. After the cluster model was created and its methodology described, a basis for the expansion of this and other clusters in Lithuania and Latvia was built.

This project aims were to create a wood industry cluster on the basis of co-operation with interested companies and business associations of Latvia and Belarus. The wood cluster is being created to unite the wood enterprises of Southern Lithuania and Latgale (Latvia) in order to increase competitiveness and value-added. During the project, positions of enterprises were co-ordinated, the optimal variants of specialisation for enterprises were considered, tasks were distributed, the feeling of mistrust and uncertainty was overcome.

An important result of this project is created Methodology of Wood Cluster on Cross-border.


Contact details


Aldona Dalia Matukienė
South Lithuanian Business Co-operation Centre
Rotušės sq. 16/220
LT-62141 Alytus, Lithuania
Tel./fax: + 370 315 74002