West Flanders has a long history in textiles. Synthetic fibres and plastics have further advanced the strong reputation of the province, with many West Flemish companies leading the world in materials innovation. The new materials cluster catalyses and supports the development of this core industry.
The new materials expert group includes Catalisti, Centexbel, Howest, KU Leuven, Sirris, Ghent University, and VIVES. The new materials open innovation hall gathers their shared competencies and equipment for use in research on the use of recycled materials in plastics processing and textiles.
Covered themes include thermoplastic polymers and composites, process optimisation and new production processes, and textile and plastics recycling.