Flanders Make opens third centre for technological research and innovation

The Flemish strategic research centre Flanders Make opened its third technological research and innovation centre for the manufacturing industry in Kortrijk on Thursday. At the new centre, companies can test new technologies and production methods.

More than 850 researchers work with companies on product and production innovation projects at Flanders Make. At the new location in Kortrijk, West Flanders, the centre supports companies in their transition to smart and sustainable production.

In particular, the new site offers companies the opportunity to test the latest production technologies and processes. "Thanks to our research infrastructure, companies with a strong commitment to innovation can discover how to produce a wide range of products in relatively small quantities in an efficient and sustainable way," says CEO Grisja Lobbestael. "Flanders Make is there for everyone; the only requirement is that the company has an innovation focus."

Sustainable alternatives

"International competition for the industry of the future is fierce in sectors such as semiconductors, batteries, data and manufacturing in general," Flemish minister-president Jan Jambon said on Thursday.

"The innovations coming out of Flanders Make will enable us to develop new high-tech industries and provide existing and outdated industries with green, efficient and sustainable production options."

"International competition for the industry of the future is fierce in sectors such as semiconductors, batteries, data and manufacturing in general"

A Flanders Make Academy will be set up to help companies prepare their employees for the jobs of the future. "People will continue to play a central role on the shop floor. They can be supported by digital work instructions and robots that help them with heavy and repetitive work," said Lobbestael.


#FlandersNewsService | The Flanders Make laboratory ​ in Heverlee © BELGA PHOTO INE GILLIS

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