Herman Derache
Jeroen Deleu

If 2020 was characterised, for many companies, by anguish and the disruption of their usual business activities due to a pandemic that hit hard, 2021 can absolutely be characterised by the unprecedented resilience of those same companies.

Patrick Cosemans

Biofilms - layers of micro-organisms in a mucus layer which is adhered to a surface - are considered a nuisance in many sectors and are therefore fought against. However, they also offer protection and can be useful, for example, as a living skin for architecture, which is what an innovation project assumes.

Herman Derache

What role can technology and innovation play in the transition to a low-carbon society and green economy? We present to you nine 'Green Champions' definitely worth knowing!

Pieter Jan Jordaens

Even before the recent developments started to affect our energy supply, the Belgian government had decided to shift up a gear in the production of renewable energy. To this end, they are primarily considering to look at offshore wind in the Belgian North Sea. Technological innovation will play a major role and our response is the second edition of the Wind Energy Technology Summit in June.

Carl Emmerechts

Printing technologies become, in manufacturing electronic components, an innovative method to produce a large range of devices including lighting, medical devices, batteries, solar cells, sensors, RFID antennas, … In comparison with classical technologies based on photolithography and subtractive techniques inherently wasteful and including etching, and the use of toxic chemicals and hazardous materials, these new technologies are fully additive.

Carl Emmerechts
Bas Rottier

Global consumer goods company Newell Brands wanted to switch to a more ecological material for Dymo’s sticky label, used with its LabelWriter. Sirris’s Product Development Hub proposed to test various options.

Thomas Vandenhaute

The circular economy is more than just recycling. Reuse, repair, upgrading, remanufacturing and repurposing indeed offers great potential for preserving the value and reducing the environmental impact of products. The inner circles of the circular economy have long remained under the radar. Manufacturing companies also tend to struggle with the complexity of exploring these options, including with how to put it all into practice. A new project has now come to their rescue.

Walter Auwers
Pieter Jan Jordaens

On 17 February, six companies received the title of Factory of the Future on the occasion of the eighth edition of the Factory of the Future Awards. It is the initiator’s intention for the award to identify the most future-oriented manufacturing companies in Belgium. One of this year’s winners is ZF Wind Power, a wind turbine gearbox producer from Lommel.

Walter Auwers

Stas Waregem, Terumo, P&V Panels, ZF Windpower, Vinventions and Takeda Belgium may as of today bear the title of Factory of the Future. With this award, the initiators want to crown the most future-oriented manufacturing companies in Belgium. The 48 Belgian title holders have achieved more growth in productivity, turnover and jobs between 2015 and 2020 than the rest of the manufacturing industry.

Joey Bosmans
Pieter Samyn

Prior to their introduction to the market, bio-based products are extensively tested. In this respect, there is a growing interest in sustainability tests, especially for demanding applications, in new test methods and in the right test methods. Let’s have a look at today and tomorrow.