Studietur – State-of-the-art manufacturing in Flanders

Explore the innovative manufacturing industry in Flanders and get insight into state-
of-the-art production technologies and high-tech research at the Flanders Make Symposium event on MADE’s study mission.

A unique ecosystem driving innovation

More than 5,700 high-tech companies are operating in Flanders, primarily due to the region’s central location in the heart of Western Europe and it’s an innovative ecosystem of suppliers and competence centres.

Additionally, Flanders is a European hotspot for research, with a high concentration of universities, R&D-ready companies and research centres focusing on advanced manufacturing, including the well-renowned Flanders MAKE.

Industry visits, Symposium, and networking

This study mission for MADE members is arranged in cooperation with Flanders MAKE. We will be visiting high-tech manufacturers, research labs, and attend the event Symposium 2023.

Furthermore, we will be visiting Atlas Copco, CNH Industrial and Materialise at three company visits.

At the Symposium event you will experience live-demos and inspiring keynote speakers presenting technological trends that define the future of the manufacturing industry.

Network with likeminded

In addition to learning from the region’s focus on advanced manufacturing, this study mission is a great opportunity to network with an exclusive group of other MADE members that share an interest in advanced manufacturing.


Practical information

Time and place
Tuesday 7th - Thursday 9th November 2023. The program of the study mission starts on Tuesday 7th November with pickup in the airport.

Suggested flights
Copenhagen (direct flights)
Tuesday 7th of November (CPH) 07:00 – (BRU) 08:40 / Brussels Airlines
Thursday 9th of November (BRU) 20:30 – (CPH) 22:00 / SAS
Thursday 9th of November (BRU) 21:05 – (CPH) 22:35 / Brussels Airlines

Hamburg (direct flights)
Tuesday 7th of November (HAM) 7:15 – (BRU) 8:25 / Brussels Airlines
Thursday 9th of November (BRU) 21:00 – (HAM) 22:10 / Brussels Airlines

If other flights fit you better, meeting time at the hotel is at 10.00 in the morning on 7th of November.

Hotel
Martin´s Paterhof – an old church transformed into a hotel.
Address: Karmelietenstraat 4, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

Price for MADE Members
Participants will be charged DKK 3,500 per person. The MADE price includes free access at Symposium 2023, hotel, meals (dinner Wednesday and Thursday) and transportation from suggested flights to and from the airport and between visits.

Price for non-MADE Members
Participants will be charged DKK 6,000 DKK per person.

Registration
The trip is for MADE members. If you wish to participate, you may register before October 9th 2023.

Maximum number of participants
The maximum number of industrial participants is 25 and therefore a maximum of two people per organization can participate. Once participants are confirmed they will receive further information.

Language
The presentations during the trip will be in English.

No-show fee
If you cancel your participation after 16th October 2023, and we are not able to allocate your place to someone else, you will be charged a fee of 3,500 DKK.

More information

Merete Nørby, mnorby@made.dk, (+45)7220 1514
Thomas Kroman, thkr@teknologisk.dk, (+45)7220 1514


See the full program (PDF)

Dato

7 november 2023 - 9 november 2023

Sprog

English

Tilmeldingsfrist

27 oktober 2023 kl. 23:59

Merete Nørby, Tlf: +4521123991, E-mail: mnorby@made.dk

Program

DAY 1 – Tuesday 7th November 2023

09:00                 Pick up at the airport and transport to hotel Martin´s Paterhof

10:00                 Welcome by MADE including lunch and introduction to Flanders Make and the participant                          group

13:00                 Visit to CNH Industrial

Address: Leon Claeysstraat 3A, 8210 Zedelgem

CNH Industrial is one of the largest industrial capital goods companies in the world with 12 brand families such as New Holland Agriculture, New Holland Construction, Case IH Agriculture and Iveco. The company employs 64,000 people worldwide, spanning across all continents in 64 production plants and 50 research and development centers. The group operates within 5 sectors: agricultural machinery, construction machinery, trucks & commercial vehicles, special vehicles, and engines & transmissions.

At CNH Industrial Belgium in Zedelgem over 2300 employees design, develop and produce New Holland combines, balers and forage harvesters, with an experience and know-how of over 110 years.  The CNH Industrial Belgium site in Antwerp, which exists for more than 50 years, is a production unit of tractor components (mainly rear axles and drive systems) and employs approximately 900 people. The jobs are mainly Situated within the production departments and vary from machine operators at computer-controlled machining centres to assemblers of drive systems to team leaders and supervisors.

The visit will provide hands-on experience on how Flanders Make is providing support through its Accelerator programme to these ~3000 production employees with information, digital tools, interactive support systems that enhance both cognitively and physically the operator while maximising throughput, efficiency and quality standards.

16:00                 Transport to hotel Martin´s Paterhof

17:45                 Arrival at Martin´s Paterhof
                          
Address: Karmelietenstraat 4, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

18:30                 Brewery tour and dinner at Het Anker

 

 

DAY 2 – Wednesday 8th November 2023

08:00                 Pick up at Martin's Patershof

                           Transfer to Atlas Copco

09:00                 Visit to Atlas Copco (AC) Belgium

Address:  Boomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk

For more than 60 years, Atlas Copco in Belgium has been committed to sustainable productivity through the development of innovative, energy-efficient products manufactured using the latest advanced technologies.

Their products are used in virtually every business process since their customers cover a wide range of markets, including general engineering, manufacturing and process industries, construction, automotive, electronics, oil and gas and many more.

Atlas Copco in Belgium focuses on industrial gas and air compressors, dryers and filters, compressor parts, vacuum pumps and solutions, mobile compressors, generators, pumps, lighting masts and construction tools, industrial electrical, pneumatic and assembly tools, as well as a wide range of pneumatic grinders and drills.

The visit to the Atlas Copco site in Wilrijk will reveal the insights of working with state-of-the-art research and innovation in compressed air technologies. In addition to the visit, there will be an open discussion on the state-of-the-art (challenges and opportunities) in the field of operator 4.0.

12:30                 Networking lunch at Atlas Copco

13:30                 Transport to Materialise

14:30                 Welcome to  Materialise
Address:
Technologielaan 15, 3001 Leuven

Materialise offers 3D print services and technologies for a wide spectrum of industries and applications with a focus on sustainable manufacturing. The company explores the use of materials in innovative and efficient ways by reducing the environmental impact of operations, innovating continuously to advance 3D printing in a sustainable way, and empowering their customers to embed sustainability into their business models.

14:30          Welcome & introduction

15:00          Tour of facilities

16:00          Discussion with delegation participants on success stories of Materialise and its customers and related industry opportunities & challenges.

19:00 -             Dinner at COSMA in Mechelen (recommended in the Michelin guide)


 

DAY 3 – Thursday 9th November 2023

07:30                 Pick up at hotel – transfer to Symposium 2023 in Kortrijk

09:30                 Free access and full day at Flanders Make Symposium 2023 & festive opening of Flanders Make´s new facilities in Kortrijk.

At the Symposium 2023 you will:

  • Experience plenty of demonstrations 
  • Get inspiration from local and international keynote speakers that present sustainable industrial innovations
  • Explore the future of the Flemish industry
  • Network with business managers, CTOs, and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs.

Find the full program here

17:00                 Pick up at Symposium 2023 – transfer to Brussels airport

19:00                 Arrival at Brussels airport

Program

DAY 1 - 7th of November

09:00

Pick up at the airport and transport to hotel Martin´s Paterhof

10:00

Welcome by MADE including lunch and introduction to Flanders Make and the participant group

13:00

Visit to CNH Industrial

Address: Leon Claeysstraat 3A, 8210 Zedelgem

CNH Industrial is one of the largest industrial capital goods companies in the world with 12 brand families such as New Holland Agriculture, New Holland Construction, Case IH Agriculture and Iveco. The company employs 64,000 people worldwide, spanning across all continents in 64 production plants and 50 research and development centers. The group operates within 5 sectors: agricultural machinery, construction machinery, trucks & commercial vehicles, special vehicles, and engines & transmissions. At CNH Industrial Belgium in Zedelgem over 2300 employees design, develop and produce New Holland combines, balers and forage harvesters, with an experience and know-how of over 110 years.  The CNH Industrial Belgium site in Antwerp, which exists for more than 50 years, is a production unit of tractor components (mainly rear axles and drive systems) and employs approximately 900 people. The jobs are mainly Situated within the production departments and vary from machine operators at computer-controlled machining centres to assemblers of drive systems to team leaders and supervisors. The visit will provide hands-on experience on how Flanders Make is providing support through its Accelerator programme to these ~3000 production employees with information, digital tools, interactive support systems that enhance both cognitively and physically the operator while maximising throughput, efficiency and quality standards.

16:00

Transport to hotel Martin´s Paterhof

17:45

Arrival at Martin´s Paterhof

Address: Karmelietenstraat 4, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium

18:30

Brewery tour and dinner at Het Anker

DAY 2 - 8th of November

08:00

Pick up at Martin's Patershof

Transfer to Atlas Copco

09:00

Visit to Atlas Copco (AC) Belgium

Address: Boomsesteenweg 957, 2610 Wilrijk

For more than 60 years, Atlas Copco in Belgium has been committed to sustainable productivity through the development of innovative, energy-efficient products manufactured using the latest advanced technologies. Their products are used in virtually every business process since their customers cover a wide range of markets, including general engineering, manufacturing and process industries, construction, automotive, electronics, oil and gas and many more. Atlas Copco in Belgium focuses on industrial gas and air compressors, dryers and filters, compressor parts, vacuum pumps and solutions, mobile compressors, generators, pumps, lighting masts and construction tools, industrial electrical, pneumatic and assembly tools, as well as a wide range of pneumatic grinders and drills. The visit to the Atlas Copco site in Wilrijk will reveal the insights of working with state-of-the-art research and innovation in compressed air technologies. In addition to the visit, there will be an open discussion on the state-of-the-art (challenges and opportunities) in the field of operator 4.0.

12:30

Networking lunch at Atlas Copco

13:30

Transport to Materialise

14:30

Welcome to Materialise

Address: Technologielaan 15, 3001 Leuven

Materialise offers 3D print services and technologies for a wide spectrum of industries and applications with a focus on sustainable manufacturing. The company explores the use of materials in innovative and efficient ways by reducing the environmental impact of operations, innovating continuously to advance 3D printing in a sustainable way, and empowering their customers to embed sustainability into their business models. 14:30          Welcome & introduction 15:00          Tour of facilities 16:00          Discussion with delegation participants on success stories of Materialise and its customers and related industry opportunities & challenges.

19:00

Dinner at COSMA in Mechelen (recommended in the Michelin guide)

DAY 3 - 9th of November

07:30

Pick up at hotel – transfer to Symposium 2023 in Kortrijk

09:30

Free access and full day at Flanders Make Symposium 2023 & festive opening of Flanders Make´s new facilities in Kortrijk.

At the Symposium 2023 you will: - Experience plenty of demonstrations  - Get inspiration from local and international keynote speakers that present sustainable industrial innovations - Explore the future of the Flemish industry - Network with business managers, CTOs, and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs.

17:00

Pick up at Symposium 2023 – transfer to Brussels airport

19:00

Arrival at Brussels airport

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