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Partnerships with Flanders Make: excellent examples of open innovation

In the beginning of the 20th century, vertically integrated companies were standard. Companies wanted to control the entire chain, kept their innovations in-house and hardly made attempts to integrate information from beyond their own R&D departments into their own processes. As from the 1920’s, the focus was on closed innovation, resulting in...

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INNO INFRA SHARE - Interreg project

INNO INFRA SHARE (Sharing Strategies for European Research and Innovation Infrastructures) is an Interreg Europe funded programme to improve the accessibility and utilisation of local Research and Innovation Infrastructure (RII) by SMEs.

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AACOMA - Interreg project

At Interreg Euregio Meuse-Rhine, we fund projects where partners work together across borders. In 2014-2020, we invest EUR 96 million from the European Regional Development Fund in our region. We are a collaboration between 13 regions from Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. Together, we develop shared solutions to common challenges. This gives...

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Flanders Make and Tenneco: research on intelligent suspension technology

Intelligent suspension systems adjust damper settings continuously in varying road and driving situations to provide maximum comfort and vehicle control. During dynamic maneuvers like cornering and lane changes, it automatically gives higher priority to vehicle control. It maximises contact between the tires and changing road surfaces, making the...

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Innovative tool tells whether or not your investment is economically viable

Digitisation, Industry 4.0, connectivity, smart manufacturing... these are just some of the many buzz words that we have been bombarded with over the past few years. Gradually, though, really interesting applications are emerging that could represent considerable added value, also for joiners. For instance, Flanders Make has developed a tool,...

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Flanders Make introduces Flemish companies into European innovation networks

Flanders Make is writing its European story. In 2019, we took part in no less than 114 European projects. "European partnerships complement our Flemish initiatives", explains Ger van den Kerkhof, Senior Account Manager EU Affairs at Flanders Make. "We not only build knowledge, we also share experiences with other European research institutions and...

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5 building blocks of a corporate culture focussing on change

Everyone will have understood by now that the fourth industrial revolution is no passing trend. The digitisation of products and production continues steadily. Companies that want to remain competitive have no alternative but to jump on the bandwagon. However, focussing on technological progress alone does not suffice. To be able to make a...

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Flanders Make contributes to building a better world

The United Nations have set themselves 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, which they aim to achieve by 2030. Flanders Make focuses on 5 of these goals through research and technological innovation.

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The impact of disruptive technology on products and production

Belgian companies put artificial intelligence and big data analysis on top of their list of most disruptive technologies for their processes. This appears from a study among 122 companies that we performed at the end of 2019. We are definitely not alone in this. Worldwide, 92% of the companies indicate that their expenditures will mainly focus on...

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