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Flam finds necessary expertise for sustainable design and design processes

Flam in Sint-Truiden designs, produces and sells fireplaces and stoves for various fuels and has done so for more than 80 years already. In the early days it would mainly involve coal, but quite some years ago the focus shifted to gas and wood. Many products are novel and innovative, such as the unique CombiFlam system, which allows gas fires to be installed in apartment buildings as well. 


The company is always looking for ways to further innovate and design products that combine user-friendliness with energy-efficiency, with ever lower emissions. In order to be able to respond even more quickly to the changing regulations and market requirements in terms of emissions, the company was looking for additional top expertise in combustion processes and analysis techniques. However, the company did not have the necessary  in-house expertise and identifying the most suitable experts for its specific requirements is a difficult task for an SME. 


The ‘Eco-compliance as a competitive weapon’ project (supported by Vlaio) helped the company find these experts. Thanks to Sirris and Agoria’s extensive network we managed to identify a suitable research institute. This expansion of Flam’s network now makes it possible to set up both short-term and long-term partnerships. In addition, the new cooperation enables the company to build up additional knowledge and thus to be less dependent on the current external partners.   


Flam itself will also be able to design and validate innovative products according to the strictest standards more quickly than before.