Belgian composite companies come together in CFK Valley Belgium

The most important network of composite companies in Europe, CFK Valley, is setting up CFK Valley Belgium in collaboration with Sirris and Agoria. This means that Belgian companies now have access to a European network of composite companies and researchers. In this country there are around 100 companies working with composite materials. Setting up CFK Valley Belgium was confirmed at the JEC Show in Paris.

The economic centre of the European composites sector is located in Germany. In the town of Stade, near Hamburg, around 100 large composite companies and research institutes including Airbus, the Fraunhofer Institute and Volkswagen, have come together in CFK Valley in order to link up their research, business development and networking. 

CFK Valley has recently established a Belgian satellite. Thanks to CFK Valley Belgium, companies based in Belgium can now build lines of communication with other composite companies and research institutions, some of them being global players. This also offers an opportunity to participate in European research projects, as well as improving innovation potential. CFK Valley Belgium's partnership gives the Belgian composite industry access to top quality sources of knowledge and infrastructure already acquired at Stade. Furthermore, this also reinforces and unites both national and regional R&D initiatives, such as the SLC-Lab, which functions as a pivot between companies and universities. 

Composite materials are increasingly used as the basic material for consumer and industrial products thanks to their properties such as strength, rigidity, light weight and the ease with which they can be shaped for manufactured products. Composites are mainly used in the aircraft, automotive, construction, energy and sports & recreation sectors. The composite sector is one of the manufacturing areas that made the fastest economic recovery following the financial crisis starting in 2008. In this country the sector has seen revenues rise by 3.5% over the last two years.