Wagralim

Belgium: Walloon Region
Yuan Chai

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About us

Wagralim, driving forward growth and innovation in the food and agricultural industries

Wagralim is one of the six competitive clusters created in Wallonia - Belgium. The Cluster unites businesses from the food and agricultural industries, as well as stakeholders in research and training.  Its mission is to booster the creation of added value in agro-industrial companies.

To this end, it relies on three tools : innovation, development of partnerships and international actions. It oversees innovative and ambitious partnership projects involving R&D, investment, internationalisation and training. This means that wagralim can help its members achieve critical mass, become more competitive and accelerate their growth.

The Cluster has defined a transversal strategic create a 'sustainable and circular agri-food system' with 3 specific axes:

Theme 1 – Interconnected and sustainable agri-food system

Theme 2 – Efficient and transparent industry

Theme 3 – Nutrition and the Consumer

The agricultural industry cluster is keen to make these themes areas in which Wallonia excels by giving businesses in the sector the tools they need to incorporate these strategic skills into their needs. The research/innovation, training, investment and export support projects will fit in with these themes. 

In addition, Wagralim participates and stimulates local agri-food SMEs to be part of international activities and European initiatives. For instance, Wagralim is an active actor in European projects and is part of several European networks, such as : BIC – Bio-based Industries ConsortiumEIT – foodNF4S3foodS3 Smart Sensors 4 agri-foodS3 Nutritional ingredients,  …

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 221
    Cluster Members
  • 155
    SME's
  • 15
    Large Companies
  • 31
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 12
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Management team

François Heroufosse
Cluster Manager
Yuan CHAI
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

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

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

Research and innovation

Wagralim lends its support to partnerships to  

  • identify and find partners from the worlds of science and industry
  • initiate joint projects which would be impossible to lead individually
  • nurture new relationships by taking part in clustering and networking initiatives

The Cluster works with its members to set their projects up and helps with communication with public authorities. It offers a range of services to make sure projects are sustained, helping with communication, internationalisation and information (market research, monitoring etc).

Internationalisation

Members can take part in trips and trade missions (funding for travel expenses), and benefit from the Cluster's international network. International activities focus on integrating Wagralim into the network of foreign Clusters to expose companies and partners to international skills and markets. In practice, Wagralim offers its members:

  • Specific advice for new export markets
  • The opportunity to penetrate new markets with other partners of the Cluster
  • Funding for market research connected to the Cluster's projects.
  • International visibility

Maximum visibility

WagrALIM introduces businesses and research centres, whatever their size, to other contacts working in the same field. Involvement in approved innovation projects gives members a higher profile in key markets, as well as excellent references. Practically, the Cluster brings together its members' skills and knowledge by creating a base of skills and expertise which all members of WagrALIM can benefit from.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
FP7 H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG EIT KICs

Name & description

Project name

FP7 Bacchus

Cosme Go international - New Frontiers in Food

Interreg

Innosup

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Brazil
Canada
China
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Denmark
France
Germany
Netherlands
Sweden

Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Upcoming events

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Latest news and documents

Document Published: 29.10.2020
Wagralim, the agri-food innovation cluster of Wallonia, Belgium