Composites: lighter and better

Composites are already behind a number of eye-catching innovations in aviation and automotive, among other industries. They are lighter, more energy-efficient, perform better and ensure greater design freedom. The use of composites enables unique combinations of various properties.

Materials for the future

Composites are fibre-reinforced plastics that give manufacturers unique advantages conventional materials cannot offer, such as design freedom, strength and rigidity. Among other things they also enable lighter designs and high corrosion resistance and can be manufactured in small series. Accordingly, interest in composite materials has skyrocketed worldwide. The industrial development of composites in Belgium is proving slow to follow this growth trend, though calls for more support for the processing of composites in specific products are growing ever louder.

A place to experiment

The Sirris Leuven-Gent Composites Application Lab (SLC Lab) was set up to meet such rising demand. Companies can go there to develop their composite materials and applications. Such experimentation takes place in close collaboration with the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and the University of Ghent (UGent).

The Composites Application Lab in a nutshell

  • In the SLC Lab you can use the latest equipment available for processing composite materials, manufacture prototypes or test innovations in an industrial environment.
  • Our experts will apply their wide-ranging knowledge of materials and processes to help you turn your ideas into tangible end products. They will also help you choose the most suitable materials and oversee your product development, from the very first design through to the end product.
  • At the same time, the SLC Lab constitutes an environment where companies and composites experts can work together on innovative applications. This enables cooperation on joint research projects with additional partners from our wide-ranging network.

How can we help you?

Our experts can advise you which composite materials are most appropriate for your products and how to actually integrate them into your production chain. Please contact us for more information.