Pôle MecaTech
Pôle MecaTech

Belgium: Walloon Region
Thibaud van Rooden
90% completed


About us

MecaTech is a Competitiveness Cluster in Mechanical engineering based in Wallonia, Belgium. Its mission is to create jobs and activity and contribute to the reindustrialization of the Region. This objective is achieved mostly through the development of large collaborative innovation projects  (more than 127 since 2006 generating 450M€ of investment) developed with a network of 300+ members. Members include SMEs, large companies, universities, research and training centres. MecaTech supports this ecosystem to develop innovative products, equipment and industrial processes with higher added value.  

This network is active in 4 technologies:

  • Advanced Materials,
  • Advanced Manufacturing,
  • Mechatronics,
  • Data Technologies.

The sectors addressed are extremely varied: Energy & Environment, Medical Device, Defense & Security, Transport & Mobility, Manufacturing. 

2 transversal priorities : Digitalisation and Circular Economy.

Established - 30 November 2006
Staff in the management team - 11-20

Cluster composition

  • 316
    Cluster Members
  • 160
  • 15
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 50
    Large Companies
  • 98
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 8
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Since 2007, MecaTech has engineered 140+ projects (125 R&D projects, 10 investment projects and 8 training projects) involving 300+ members (50 large corporations, 160 SMEs, 80 university laboratories, 18 research centers, 5 higher schools and 3 competence centers; e.g., ). This represents an investment of €400+ million, of which €150+ million from private funding).

 The companies involved in MecaTech have experienced an important growth as well in terms of employment as in added value. Employment developed from 2006 to 2019: + 75% for member companies, whereas the sector of mechanical engineering indicates a fall of 10%. The same applies to added value: + 83 for member companies vs + 20% for the sector.

MecaTech is also involved in the setting up of several Technology platforms on various topics such as Reverse metallurgy, Recycling of plastics (PEPIT), plasma Ion implantation process / coating technologies (Wallibeam), Anechoic chambers for IoT applications (WALLIWAVE), and Microfluidics (Coalition), Protontherapy (Protonwal, Ion Beam application for surface treatment. 

Engineering Centre: PMT is founding member of A6K, an Advanced Engineering Centre & Tech Education Centre. A6K provides office space, labs & and shared production demonstrators. It hosts several industrial leaders (AGC, Thales, SONACA, Alstom…), start-ups and RTOs.

Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
Dutch English French German Polish Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website
Other label
Cumulated employment of cluster members
Cumulated exports of cluster members
€ 1
Cumulated turnover of cluster members
€ 1

Management team

van Rooden Thibaud
Internationalisation Responsible
Van Putte Anthony
Cluster Manager
Jaimes Contreras Rafael
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations - Manufacturing:C25 Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment - Manufacturing:C28 Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations:C2120 Manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations - Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products:C2311 Manufacture of flat glass - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment:C2540 Manufacture of weapons and ammunition - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment:C2561 Treatment and coating of metals - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment:C2562 Machining - Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.:C2849 Manufacture of other machine tools - Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers:C2931 Manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment for motor vehicles
Cross-sectoral industries
Digital Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Alliances:Batteries Ecosystems:Digital
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Micro-structural technology - C\: Chemistry; metallurgy:Metallurgy; ferrous or non-ferrous alloys; treatment of alloys or non-ferrous metals - C\: Chemistry; metallurgy:Coating metallic material; coating material with metallic material; chemical surface treatment; diffusion treatment of metallic material; coating by vacuum evaporation, by sputtering, by ion implantation or by chemical vapour deposition, in general; inhibiting corrosion of metallic material or incrustation in general - F\: Mechanical engineering; lighting; heating; weapons; blasting:Machines or engines in general; engine plants in general; steam engines - F\: Mechanical engineering; lighting; heating; weapons; blasting:Machines or engines for liquids; wind, spring, or weight motors; producing mechanical power or a reactive propulsive thrust, not otherwise provided for
S3 EU priority areas
Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks) - Digital transformation:Smart system integration - KETs:Advanced manufacturing systems - KETs:Advanced materials - KETs:Micro/Nano-electronics


Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

Made Different / Indutrie du Future by Agence du Numérique/Région Wallonne. 

Circular Wallonia, By Région Wallonne.

Project name

IoT4Industry (H2020, INNOSUP) - www.iot4industry.eu The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (Digital Security, Cloud Computing and Big Data) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, through the cross-border collaboration between SMEs and other RDI actors of the ICT and advanced manufacturing sectors. 40 industrial collaborative projects led by SMEs, and corresponding to different development stages (feasibility, prototyping, demonstration) have been selected through 2 call for proposals to receive funding and support (150+ application received). The objective is to further interconnect & develop new industrial value chain in European SMEs and improve their competitiveness on the global stage. In this project, MecaTech is responsible for activities related to the organization of call for Expression of Interests and Matchmaking activities. Our ecosystem in Wallonia was fully engaged, with 7 funded projects involving 15 companies.

Projet INTERREG V FACTORY 4.0 (France Wallonie Flandre), dedicated to increasing competitiveness of SME's of region in line with digital factory concepts. - Factory 4.0 is an INTERREG V (France-Wallonie-Flanders) project dedicated to foster the efficiency of production SMEs. The project enables SME’s to benefit from efficiency diagnostics based on the industry 4.0 concepts. The project is gathering 7 partners from 3 regions (Haut-de-France, Est-Flanders and Wallonia), and started in November 2016. 50+ SMEs supported individually.

Projet INTERREG V Robotix Academy (Greater Region). This INTERREG V Grande Region project, that started in October 2016, aims at building a network for research and education on the topics of industrial robotics and human machine interface. It gathers universities, RTO, and the industry. 

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

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

International support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

Membership in Cluster Partnerships or initiatives

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Document Published: 17.11.2021
Rapport annuel 2020

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