There is so much you can achieve with structured surfaces. They add value to products, making them more competitive. Through a series of cases based on the needs of different sectors, Sirris will give you an idea about their potential. In the first one we will discuss how textures can help to cope with wear of components in the manufacturing industry.

Hydrophobic plastic surfaces, metal surfaces with controlled wetting properties, more wear-resistant machine parts ... the options are endless with structured surfaces. They provide added value to products, making them more competitive. Through a series of cases based on the needs of different sectors, Sirris will show you the potential.

The ‘Innovatieve Coatings’ cluster is organising an annual event on 1 February to mark its first anniversary. In addition to an overview of what has been happening and what we can expect, various member testimonials will be discussed, plus a keynote speech by Piet Verhoeve (Hangar K).

During the injection moulding process, the poor release or 'sticking' of plastic parts to the mould sometimes results in damaged pieces, extra wear on the mould and longer cycle times. It is therefore essential to find a solution for this problem with injection moulded products. Sirris and KU Leuven are joining forces to tackle this common problem.

In order to meet the needs of today and tomorrow, product developments are heading for ecology, sustainability, higher performance and longer service life. This also applies to coatings. Such innovations cannot come about without thorough testing. With their state-of-the-art testing laboratory, Sirris is meeting industries’ needs.

With the support of Sirris, Cebo looked for an invisible coating to provide restored engine parts of vintage cars with an additional protective layer.

Adidas has also learned that coatings offer a solution to everyday problems. The shoe manufacturer has just launched a new sneaker especially for the Oktoberfest in Munich. What’s special about this shoe is not what you see, but what you don’t see.

Traditionally, coatings used in the construction industry are decorative or protective paints for walls and wood work. However, more and more coatings with other functionalities are being developed and used in buildings and applied on building materials. On 21 September, the cluster ‘Innovatieve Coatings’, which Sirris is a part of, organises a workshop and matchmaking event on this theme.

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Coatings can be used to protect materials against the effects of rust, mould or dirt. This is why the Nanex Company, a manufacturer of protective products, is collaborating with the Sirris Smart Coating Lab in using nanotechnology to develop and improve existing product formulations.

On 15 June the cluster ‘Innovatieve Coatings’ organises a workshop ‘Functional Coatings’ & matchmaking event. This event aims at bringing together end users and solution providers.