Sirris supports West Flemish manufacturing firms in their own region

West Flanders, the cradle of Flemish industry, was the only Flemish province not to have a Sirris site before now. All that will change on 3 March, when Sirris’s eighth site opens on the UGent campus in Kortrijk. The new site will focus on mechanical engineering, mechatronics and assembly.

With this new site, the West Flanders Provincial Development Agency (POM) and Sirris are implementing the first stage of their plans for a Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics (M&M) joint initiative with industry and universities in West Flanders. The new site is also an opportunity for Sirris to work in close proximity to West Flemish companies: the closer we are to these companies, the better we can understand and meet their needs. Thanks to this initiative, we can ensure that practical technological applications – including applications linked to Factories of the Future and Industry 4.0 – will be available to Belgian companies.

Today, West Flanders accounts for a substantial share of Flemish and Belgian job creation and is a source of considerable added value. The West Flanders POM is capitalising on this with its Fabrieken voor de Toekomst (Factories for the Future) initiative: alongside new materials and textiles, food, and blue energy, the M&M cluster will be the fourth in a quartet of industrial specialisms in which Flemish companies can compete at global level.

The creation of a new technology centre will bring cutting-edge research and technology applications close to companies, thus responding to two of the region’s key needs. Sirris will spearhead the development of the applications pillar in Kortrijk, right at the heart of the region’s dense network of mechatronics SMEs and just a stone’s throw from the industrial automation expertise centre at UGent’s Kortrijk campus and Howest’s The Level. Furthermore, a research centre is being established in Bruges, under the supervision of KU Leuven.

The new Sirris site will have the necessary office space and labs, including a production automation demonstration space. The official inauguration will take place on 3 March 2016 from 4.00 p.m.

More practical details will follow. Save 3 March in your diary and register now!