Pôle MecaTech

Belgium: Walloon Region
Thibaud van Rooden

Overview

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About us

The MecaTech Competitiveness Cluster’s mis­sion is to enhance Wallonia’s entire mecha­nical engineering sector*, boosting activity and employment, trough engineering and conducting innovative projects of internatio­nal scope based on networks of large companies, SMEs, universities, research and training centers.

MecaTech develops innovative products, equipments and processes with high added value by relying mainly on four strategic technological fields, namely:

  • Materials and surfaces of the future, 
  • Materials forming such as additive manufacturing
  • Microtechnology and mechatronics,
  • Smart maintenance and production.

The spectrum of activities is intentionally broad in order to stimulate unprecedented synergy, and the Hybrization of Technologies needed to achieve breakthrough innovations. 

Application domaine range from Defense, Construction & Building, Energy, Medtech, Industry or even Mobility and transportation  

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 272
    Cluster Members
  • 125
    SME's
  • 44
    Large Companies
  • 95
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 8
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

What are the key figures for the Walloon mechanical engineering sector and the MecaTech cluster?

If we assess the first seventeen calls for projects, we count a total of 102 projects (69 research projects, 14 investment projects and 19 training projects) involving 272 players (44 large corporations, 125 SMEs, 77 university laboratories, 18 research centers, 5 higher schools and 3 competence centers; e.g., overall 536 participants). This represents an investment of €285 million, of which €94,3 million derive from private funding (€79,5 million for large enterprises and €114 million for small and medium enterprises).

 The companies involved in MecaTech have experienced an important growth as well in terms of employment as in added value. Employment developed from 2005 to 2014: + 66% for SMEs, and + 20% for large corporations, whereas the sector of mechanical engineering indicates a fall of 5%. The same applies to added value: + 107% for SMEs and + 76% for large corporations vs + 11% for the sector. Gross tangible and intangible assets reveal a healthy vitality: + 125% (from 1,285 to 2,889 million) for all member enterprises, and even + 152% (from 470 to 1,186 million) for SMEs alone.

Furthermore, the MecaTech cluster participated in the setting up of 3 platforms in order to respond to the sector’s new opportunities: Symbiosis (use of molecular biomimicry technologies in functional coatings), Reverse Metallurgy (metals recycling involving the CRM and various industrials), and Proton therapy (IBA and various partners). 

Management team

van Rooden Thibaud
Internationalisation Responsible
Van Putte Anthony
Cluster Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
INTERREG

Name & description

Project name

INTERREG Transmit 1: Formation au marketing et commercialisation de produits HiTech.

Projet INTERREG IV INTERMAT GR (Grande Région), dedicated to materials & processes.

Projet INTERREG V FACTORY 4.0 (France Wallonie Flandre), dedicated to increasing competitiveness of SME's of region in line with digital factory concepts.

Projet INTERREG V Robotix Academy (Greater Region), focused on connecting Research & Industry on the topics of robotics

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

France
Germany
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Spain

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

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