TFC history

Transylvanian Furniture Cluster was established in 2012 to promote and endorse the furniture industry, with the stated aim of supporting an increase of competitiveness for SMEs, both nationally and internationally. Since the beginning, among TFC’s founding members were SMEs, research organizations, universities and catalysts. Each year, the cluster management team ensures compliance with the bylaw, providing an activity plan and a common development strategy for TFC members. The strategy is constantly updated, project proposals are discussed with members upon submitting, activities and objectives of ongoing projects are monitored and quantified, and the budget is verified and validated annually at general meetings.

Available infrastructure to TFC members within CREIC (Regional Center of Excellence for Creative Industries) - Design & product development lab

  • Design software workstation: AutoDesk software group (AutoCad, AutoCad Mechanical, Electrical, Architectural, Inventor, Fusion 360, Navisworks), SimaPro for life cycle analysis, ArtecStudio for 3D scanning
  • Visualization Workstation: Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver, Adobe, Aero) AutoDesk (3ds Max, Maya, Motionbuilder, Mudbox, Sketchbook), Blender
  • AR glasses: Hololens 2 – 2 pcs
  • 3D printers: SfQP printer – 2 pieces – 2 filament extruders; MfQP printer – 1 piece – 3 filament extruders; HfQPc printer – 1 piece – 3 filament extruders + 1 Liquid Deposition Modeling extruder; UV printer – 1 piece including automatic washing equipment and UV enclosure for resin curing
  • Test equipment: set of Hegewald & Peschke furniture testing equipment: static, dynamic (impact) load, durability, stability
  • Artificial aging device for functional coatings – Q-SUN Xe-3

Future plans:

  • May 29 2022 – TFC 10 years anniversary!
  • Center of Excellence for Furniture – project under development, initiated by TFC members for the professional community. The center is a unique initiative in Romania, aiming to become a pole of excellence for the entire value chain and to be a promoter of industrial transformation. It will be the most ambitious project of the cluster, with laboratories on an area of ​​4,000 sqm. The total investment is estimated at 10.5 million euros, and the implementation of the project would start in 2023. Involved partners from the cluster’s members: Antares Romania, E-Laborator, Hygia Consult, Basic Point, Șerban & Asociații and Tesagon.
  • Introduction in COR (classification of occupations in Romania) of new occupations, positions, trades in the furniture industry – The TFC Board of Directors was mandated in December 2021 to make the necessary steps to the General Directorate of Labor within the Ministry of Labor and Social Solidarity, in order to update the nomenclature. The COR update involves the activity of identifying, prioritizing, coding and introducing new occupations, functions, trades in the furniture industry, as a result of changes in the economy.
  • 2022

    EXCELIVING - Excellent Living Environments

The Excellent Living Environments (EXCELIVING) project aims to address the challenges are facing the Habitat value chains contributing to promote a favorable ecosystem to give the European Habitat value chains a competitive lead in the promotion of healthy, age-friendly and sustainable spaces and buildings strengthening innovation transfer, cluster management excellence and interregional collaboration to work together, from a cross-sectorial dimension, towards a smarter, greener, more competitive and international Habitat sector in an involving European and international business ecosystem. In this sense, the EXCELIVING project adopts a multi-stakeholder and multi-sectorial approach involving clusters from different value chains of the Habitat sector.

Project partners: Habitat Cluster Barcelona (Spain), Smartech Cluster (Spain), Cluster Habitat Sustentável (Portugal), Wellfare Tech (Denmark), Transylvanian Furniture Cluster (Romania)
Implementation period: February 2022 – January 2024
Total value of the project: 617.490 euro

  • 2021


Furniture Go International (FGOI) is a project driven by eight clusters from six European countries and funded by the European Commission. Between 50 and 100 small and medium-sized enterprises in the furniture and related industries are expected to participate directly in this 100% results-oriented project.

FGOI will help SMEs to reach new markets through collaboration and innovation. The project will establish a European Strategic Cluster Partnership to intensify cooperation in furniture and related industries, within EU and towards four third countries, namely USA, Canada, Egypt, and South Africa.

Project partners: TFC-Transylvanian Furniture Cluster (Romania), HABIC-Association Cluster of Habitat, Wood, Office and Contract Sector (Spain), WIC-Wood Industry Cluster (Slovenia), KCN-Cluster of Czech Furniture Manufacturers (Czech Republic), ICS-Interior Cluster Sweden (Sweden), PWC- PRO WOOD Regional Cluster (Romania), BFC-Bulgarian Furniture Cluster (Bulgaria), HCB-Habitat Cluster Barcelona (Spain).

Implementation period: September 2021 – September 2024
Total value of the project: 549.248 euro (grant) and 61.026 euro (private funding)

More info on the project’s website and dedicated page on this website.

  • 2020

    Better Factory

Grow your manufacturing business! Better Factory provides a methodology for manufacturing SMEs to collaborate with artists to develop new and personalized products. At the same time, it supplies technology for SMEs to become cyber-physical systems, transforming them into lean-agile production facilities capable of manufacturing new and personalized products along with existing ones. Better Factory invites Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers (SMEs) to redesign their current product portfolio together with Business and Arts mentors and Technology experts.

The consortium coordinated by VTT (Finland), includes 28 partners from 18 european countries representing the arts ecosystem – competence centres- (INOVA, GLUON and WAAG); technology competence centres (Fraunhofer IPA, AIMEN, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, Slovakia National Centre of Robotic, INESCTEC, Cyprus University of Technology); industrial clusters (Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Slovenian Tool and Die Development Centre, Latvian Federation of Food Companies / Food Products Quality Cluster, CLUTEX ‐ Klastr Technicke Textilie, Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Pécs‐Baranya, ICT cluster and University of Oulu); technology suppliers (INFOTECH, Top Data Science, Holonix, GESTALT Robotics and European Dynamics); art supplier (In4Art); business developer (Hermia Yrityskehitys Oy); open call management (FundingBox); legal framework (time.lex); and communication and dissemination (Mobile World Capital Barcelona).

Implementation period: October 2020 – September 2024
Total value of the project: 8.576.163,75 euro

More info on the project’s website and dedicated page on this website.

  • 2020


In INTRIDE – Designers as Innovative Triggers for SMEs in the Manufacturing Sector – we are leading the creation of a strong link and continuous interaction among HEIs (Higher Education Institutions), industry and intermediaries by developing a joint curriculum of the designer with soft, digital and green skills conceived as innovation trigger in activating innovation processes and managing the collaboration ecosystem.

Specific objectives:

  1. Developing a Joint Master Degree programme addressed to students (graduated or post graduated) or company employees for a multidisciplinary profile (designer + soft/digital/green skills) based on authentic teaching – training supplied directly by company’s staff, thanks also to practical activities – on work-based learning.
  2. Stimulating HEIs’ offer modernisation and adaptation to industry world needs/ HE system getting closer to business needs, perspective and businesses benefiting from high level competences.
  3. Developing HE + industry community continuous interaction still through the creaction of a community platform.

Implementation period: January 2020 – December 2022
Total value of the project: 975.174 euro

More info on the project’s website and dedicated page on this website.

  • 2019


The research project, financed under NP III, Program 2 – Increase of the Romanian economy competitiveness through RDI aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the cluster through development of management capacity of the research-development-innovation (RDI) projects (CDI), development of a new product (static-dynamic chair) at cluster level and/or in partnership with the Cluster Management Entity, as well as supply of support services for the internationalization of the CMT members for a period of 24 months.

In 2019, the NP III project team carried out specific research and development activities related to the intelligent chair, which resulted in the creation of the prototype and its launch on the market. Thus, MyTesla, an ergonomic chair with incorporated pressure and distance sensors for the detection and prevention of incorrect user posture, was created. The chair is currently object of patent procedure at European level, with the patent application number 19000394.7/EP19000394.

Implementation period: July 2018 – July 2020
Total value of the project: 95,000 euro

More info on the project’s dedicated page on this website.

  • 2018


Three of the clusters active in the region of Transylvania, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Transylvania IT Cluster and AgroTransylvania Cluster, answered the desires expressed by the companies they represent by creating this project, as a platform on which they learn the process for elaboration of alternative public policies, whose aim is supporting the competitiveness and innovation of the economic environment in the country.

Project co-financed under the Operational Programme Administrative Capacity – Priority Axis Efficient Public Administration and Judicial System.

Implementation period: November 2018 –  2022
Total value of the project: 947.447 lei

More info on the project’s dedicated page on this website.

  • 2018


Cluj– Future of Works is the first project in Eastern Europe funded by the European Commission through the Urban Innovative Actions research-development programme.

3 scenarios were developed under this project:

  • Culturepreneurs 20/21, through which 60 entrepreneurs benefit from training courses and from a scholarship to develop and implement their projects.
  • Informal work through which 4 typologies were identified as being specific to the Pata Rât community, aiming to help integrating this marginalized social categories in the workforce
  • Work 4.0, scenario talking the risk of automation for many existing jobs, aiming to facilitate the transition to the 4.0 industry

Project implemented in co-management by the Cluj-Napoca Cityhall and the Cluj Cultural Centre, in a consortium with 8 other local organizations: Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Transylvania International Film Festival, University of Arts and Design in Cluj-Napoca, ZAIN Transylvania Creativity Festival, Intercommunity Development Association in the Cluj Metropolitan Area, Cluj IT Cluster, Transylvania Creative Industries Cluster and Transylvania IT Cluster.

Implementation period: October 2018 – December 2022
Total value of the project: 5.536.808 euro

More info on the official site and the project’s dedicated page on this website.

  • 2016


The project received funding through the Competitiveness Operational Program 2014-2020, Action 1.1.1 – Large CD infrastructures.

The infrastructure developed by this project consists of two laboratories designed for:

  • functional coatings applied to increase the life of the furniture and obtain special visual effects, such as the effect of premature aging of wood, vintage
  • conducting studies and experiments to develop new materials and composite materials used for the production of plastic furniture with superior characteristics

In addition, the project included innovation and new product development activities in partnership with researchers from other countries, as well as cluster operations.

Implementation period: September 2016 – January 2022
Total value of the project: 2.600.000 euro

More info on the project’s dedicated page.

  • 2016


Stimulating the dynamics of the regional business environment and of the entrepreneurial spirit through this project implemented in the North-West region of Romania by the Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, in partnership with CIVITTA, ARIES Transylvania, AgroTransylvania Cluster, Impact HUB Bucharest, University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca and the University in Oradea.

The project financed under OPHC/82/3/7/106532 was formally called Learn2DO4Entrepreneurship and implemented under the name of Partener StartUp.

Implementation period: January 2018 – January 2021 (2016 was the year when the project was written and submitted for funding)
Total value of the project: 12.986.953 lei

More info on the project’s dedicated page.

  • 2014

    Competitiveness pole "Transylvanian Furniture Cluster", POS CCE, Action 1.3.1

Transylvania Furniture Cluster competitiveness pole – the first initiative of this kind in the furniture industry, received funding for the implementation of an integrated package of projects aiming to apply the Cluster Development Strategy for the next 10 years. The project was funded by the Sectoral Operational Program POS CCE 2017-2013, Operation 1.3.1, „Development of business support structures of national and international interest – Competitiveness Poles”.

The proposals from this project were made in partnership between several members of the cluster, under the coordination and monitoring of the cluster’s management team.

Implementation period: April 2014 – December 2015
Total value of project: 6.500.000 euro

More info on the project’s dedicated page.

  • 2014


TFC is a partner in this annual project that provides professional training in consulting for undergraduate and Master students. The project is an initiative of Hygia Consult, a company member of Transylvanian Furniture Cluster. For each edition, TFC has been provided internship for LCDC graduates, who could thus contribute to the management team activities, such as writing funding applications for new products, progress reports for projects being implemented.

Implementation period: 2014 – ongoing

More info on the project’s dedicated page.

  • 2013

    Consolidation and sustainable development of the Transylvanian Furniture Cluster

The project’s objective was to create the premises for the sustainable development of the cluster, through management, internationalization and marketing activities. The project, funded through Sectoral Operational Program for Increasing Economic Competitiveness – POSCCE, Operation 1.3.3, ensured to the administrative consolidation of the cluster management while also supporting the increase of cooperation between members and their visibility at European level – by facilitating their participation at national and international furniture trade fairs.

Implementation period: April 2014 – November 2015
The total value of the project: 80.000 euro

  • 2012

    Competitiveness pole "Transylvanian Furniture Cluster"

The year when Transylvanian Furniture Cluster was established, with the help of ADR Nord-West, and the first common development strategy for the furniture sector was elaborated, which took into account the extended value chain of the production of furniture, components and accessories.

In preparation of the open call Development of business support structures of national and international interest – Competitiveness Poles, funded through POS CEE (Sectoral Operational Program for Increasing Economic Competitiveness), Operation 1.3.1 the cluster’s team and members worked at an integrated package of 10 projects in order to obtain funding.

The package included 6 investment projects, 2 RDI projects and 2 „soft skills” projects, all of them created exclusively in partnership between several members of the cluster, under the coordination and monitoring of the cluster management team.

Over the next years, after obtaining funding, among the RDI results were 13 patent applications for new products filed with OSIM, of which one was also filed with the European Patent Office (EPO) and 17 scientific articles.

Events & partnerships

  • Egypt, Cairo – June 2021
  • Ucraina, Kiev (visit at the local Public Union “EF Cluster”) – March 2021
  • Italia, Pordenone – 15-18 October 2019
  • South Africa, Johannesburg, Geoge- Knysna, Cape Town, Kruger Mpumalanga, May– June 2019
  • Germany, Koln & Hanovra, May 2019
  • Asia, Malaesia & Singapore, March 2019
  • Germany, Stuttgart, October 2018
  • China, Shanghai, September 2018
  • Germany, March 2018
  • Poland, March 2018
  • Italy, October 2017
  • Germany, May 2017
  • Croatia, April 2017
  • FURNITURE AND WOODWORKING CLUSTER PARTNERSHIP, European collaborative platform coordinated by the Czech Furniture Manufacturers Cluster
  • PRO WOOD Regional Cluster, Romania
  • Romanian Furniture Club Association
  • Northern Transylvania Clusters Consortium
  • Steinbeis Europa Zentrum der Steinbesi Innovation GGMBH, Stuttgart
  • Pannon Wood and Furinture Industry Accredited Innovation Cluster
  • ArchEnerg International Innovative Cluster for Renewable Energy and Building Trade
  • Bulgarian Furniture Cluster
  • Emirates & Europe Business Development Cluster
  • Bydgoszcz Industrial Cluster
  • Wood Cluster Slavonian Oak, Croatia
  • Vukovar-Srijem County Development Agengy, Croatia

Transylvanian Clusters International Conference (TCIC) is an annual event organized by the Northern Transylvania Clusters Consortium, aiming to support the economic environment and to facilitate the international exchange of knowledge and good practices, providing a cross-sectoral collaboration platform for addressing global challenges.

TFC was main organizer for 4 editions of the event:

The 5th edition, themed Clusters Challenge: Future Skill for Industry, was postponed from 2020 to 16-18 June 2021.