Official opening of the ‘Smart & Digital Factory’ application laboratory in Kortrijk

On 3 March Sirris and POM West Flanders are opening the application laboratory for making specific technology applications related to Factories of the Future and Industry 4.0. It will be at the disposal of local West Flanders companies, as well as other companies throughout Belgium. The site, which becomes Sirris' eighth, forms the initial stage towards realizing the West Flanders plan for 'Factories of the Future' for the mechanical engineering and mechatronics sectors.

West Flanders is the home of the Flemish manufacturing industry. The manufacturing sector in West Flanders still provides much employment in the area and makes a substantial contribution to added value. With this new office, Sirris will from now on be active in the neighbourhood of manufacturing companies in West Flanders.

The office is located in the heart of the compact SME network of companies associated with mechatronics and is located next to 'Xiak', which is the expertise centre for industrial automation at UGent Campus Kortrijk and Howest - The Level. It has all the office and laboratory space required, including a demonstration area for product automation. The application laboratory simultaneously forms the first of the three cornerstones of the mechanical engineering and mechatronics sector initiative from POM West Flanders, in which Sirris and the university associates of Leuven and Ghent are closely involved.

A foretaste of the opportunities provided by the demonstration room for helping companies to transform their production towards the 'Factory of the Future' model will be given on 3 March. 

Festive opening with demonstrations

The afternoon starts with Sirris and Howest, after which there is a panel discussion that focuses on issues selected for Factories of the Future for the mechanical engineering and mechatronics sectors. Then two local companies will be talking about their activities and Sirris will give a few words about the plans and technology available at the new site. The closing speech is given by Jean de Bethune, member of the Provincial Executive for Economics in West Flanders and chairman of POM West Flanders and also the driving force behind the Factories of the Future concept here.

The presentations are followed by a detailed tour through the new infrastructure, including various demonstrations.

The afternoon closes in style with a networking drink, which promises to be an excellent opportunity for meeting the Sirris experts, as well as making useful business contacts and renewing old acquaintances.

Would you like to participate? You will find all practical information and the registration form in our agenda!