With the doors of the world's largest consumer electronics show closing in Las Vegas, it's worth reviewing and analysing the major trends of what the industry has in store for us in the coming months.

How do you make machines and mechatronics systems more energy efficient and perform better? On 3 March, Sirris and Flanders Make will present the results of the Eco-mechatronics project in which they support around 50 companies to develop a new generation of products.

Collaboration between two companies in the port of Ghent will result in considerably lower energy consumption and C02 emissions. We will be seeing more and more of this kind of collaboration, with numerous additional benefits for participants. A new European project aims to support this type of initiative and is on the lookout for interested companies.