Sirris is active in several competitive clusters in Wallonia which group companies and actors around promising economic fields: Mecatech, Skywin, Biowin, Greenwin.

An innovative circular model is not a standard R&D project: it requires a structured process approach that goes far beyond the product and requires quick tests and continuous adjustments from entrepreneurs. These are the main findings of the pilot project Expedition Circular, a collaboration between VITO, Agoria, Sirris and Start it @KBC.

Industrialisation and digitisation are not exclusive to major multinational firms. They are also within reach of small and medium-sized companies. AW Europe has just proved so, by obtaining one of the two Factory of the Future titles awarded for Wallonia in 2019.

During the fifth edition of the Factory of the Future Awards ten companies had the honour of receiving the title of Factory of the Future, the award granted by Sirris and Agoria to companies that best succeed in reconciling the technologies of the future with work tailored to people and the environment. One of the winners is Mirion Technologies, producer of detectors for the identification of nuclear radiation.

Shorter product-to-market-times and higher expectations for sustainability, reliability and quality have ensured that product tests form an important link in the development process of products.

Fischbach produces packaging for the silicon and adhesive industry. This international company with a branch in Temse makes injection moulded tubes that are subsequently printed on. The company explored the possibilities of sustainable packaging alternatives.

Vaude, German manufacturer of strong outdoor shoes, redesigned the entire 2018 summer collection and hereby reduces the footprint of its products. In part, this is due to the use of (more) sustainable materials and innovative technologies, such as a seamless upper.

In order to cope with the complexity of their product range, Wuyts - a materials processing company and manufacturer of several products - is open to external influences and inspiration. The company intended to innovate and optimise their products, production and the company. Sirris lent a helping hand.

Stillemans has a long history in producing and marketing thermoplastic profiles for the furniture industry, among many others. The company is now using its expertise for new innovative products and applications. Several areas of application are being investigated in the building trade, for example integration of led lighting.

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.