RavenCluster Cooperation Concept –
Efficient and Flexible
For small and mid-size companies willing to establish themselves in Mexico, the RavenCluster was set up in Monterrey/Mexico by Christoph Ravenstein in order to find synergies and share costs in a multinational environment.
Born out of idealism, the RavenCluster is a new cooperation concept for small and mid-size companies which are planning to settle in Mexico and are looking for a way to reduce the risks the high start-up costs imply. The RavenCluster is an option to avoid committing the same mistake twice.
The RavenGroup is the corporation that owns RavenRubber and created the RavenCluster. RavenRubber’s production plant is located in Monterrey, Mexico, and produces rubber molded parts for the automotive and the household appliances industry. From their experience settling the production plant in Mexico, the RavenCluster idea was born. The RavenCluster is located in AMB Agua Fría Industrial Park in Apodaca and hosts among other companies RavenRubber.
Partnership for Synergies
“At the beginning, the costs and investments for a company are generally very high”, says Mr. Ravenstein, Director of the RavenGroup,“for that reason we decided to create this cluster to share administrative costs, customs expenses, labor costs and costs of fringe benefits.” Members of the RavenCluster can use physical space, human resources and administrative facilities. Thus, the cluster is a viable alternative to begin such an ambitious project as the settlement of a production plant overseas. Members can reduce initial investment costs and decrease the time the investment is returned.
But why Mexico? This is an easy question to be answered by Mr. Ravenstein: “With high economic growth rates and a strategic location on the Southern border of the U.S., as well as sea access to European, South American and Asian markets, Mexico is the perfect location to go global.” So far, five companies have settled at AMB with the help of the RavenCluster, i. e. two Austrian, two German and one Turkish company. By the end of 2010 it is planned to have ten companies installed at the cluster.
The RavenCluster offers three types of relation between cluster member and host: service contract, cooperation contract and joint venture. This is decided according to how independent or committed both parties decide the relation should be. All three relations are adapted to the needs of new members and always modified to fit all parties. Additionally, cooperation or participation in other projects of the RavenCluster is open for members. Among additional services is the settlement of plants and the participation in the energy project. Physical space can go from 1 sqm up to 40,000 sqm because current established production lines are movable, and with the inclusion of any new member, modifications and adaptations are reviewed. The offer goes in the form of modules ranking from physical space, to administrative operations, responsibility over the human resources department, legal services, etc.
In close partnership with universities and State Youth Institutions, the RavenCluster is developing a program that offers its members the opportunity to train in their mother companies young, highly educated Mexicans, to bring to their daughter company in Mexico the know-how and quality standard each company has.
The energy project is based on the fact that Mexico is full of unused resources. For this reason, the next buildings of the industrial park will be built from the very beginning based on the consideration of intelligent energy systems that will make the most out of renewable energies. This shows a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility envisaging geothermal, photovoltaic and wind projects to save energy costs by using natural and sustainable resources.
Likewise, the RavenCluster is built on trust and partnership with the overall aim of a steady development of its partners. “Our cooperation concept uses the efficiency of major enterprises without losing the flexibility and strength of small companies”, says Mr. Ravenstein.