True leadership material
Pioneering firms of West Flanders offer high value-added products that respond to diverse trends in many markets. The demand for more complex materials and textiles is on the rise, inspiring companies in the province to create smarter, more compact, more efficient products used in healthcare, safety, automotive, industry and more.
Supporting new developments in materials
The new materials cluster aims to strengthen innovation in new materials and products by offering support covering:
- the use of biodegradable, bio-based and/or recyclable materials;
- the circular economy and related business models;
- process optimisation;
- international collaboration;
- Industry 4.0, human capital, e-commerce, augmented reality, and more.
The partnership encourages forward-thinking product development and new material properties by offering testing facilities, a wide network, collaborations with multidisciplinary knowledge centres, and specialised training courses. Even more, the cluster operates in close collaboration with relevant sector federations.
Open innovation network
The new materials cluster knowledge hub is located in the VKC building in Kortrijk. There, partner organisations provide test facilities, advice and training to strengthen R&D in textiles and plastics with the future in mind. High-tech infrastructure and bright minds are made available to companies, starters, employees and students from all sectors.
Supporting companies today for the economy of tomorrow
In order to give businesses in West Flanders every possibility to grow via innovation, the Province of West Flanders established cluster partnerships to prepare its industry for the future. Promotion, research, training and infrastructure,…: the cluster partnerships aim to create an optimal breeding ground for a future-oriented economy. This is possible thanks to a close collaboration between education, science, industry and local government.