Ambition for 2017

Urbain Vandeurzen

Our current operations are booming and yet we are already looking ahead as well. The Flemish industry stands for an extremely crucial choice. Do we, in our position of strong followers, want to move on to the front of the peloton? If so, our companies must make a strategic conversion. To support this, Flanders Make wants to focus even more on Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution with its corresponding digitisation, because that’s what the future will hold in stock for us. Three core ideas are crucial here: products and production systems must become smarter and increasingly connected. And customisation is gaining importance but then at the cost of serial production. With these three levers, our industry can become more efficient and self-managing, both on product and production level.

Meanwhile, we have refined the key competences of Flanders Make and adjusted them to this renewed strategy. At the same time, we are making all necessary preparations so as to trigger the transformation of our industry. In this way, using smart business models and ecosystems, we can generate a new industrial boost comparable to what we saw in the 1980s. When government policies, universities and companies back this innovative vision, there will be nothing in our way to create and shape this future-oriented industry.

Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman

“Flanders Make wants to focus even more on the digitisation of Industry 4.0 because that’s what the future will hold in stock for us.”

Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman

Dirk Torfs

We cherish the ambition to continue on the path that we embarked on but at an accelerated pace. With our renewed strategy focussing even more on the domains in which we are already active today, we should succeed in doing so. The speed of innovation is the key to success. This will enable us to bring back to Flanders production capacity that in the past has been transferred to the East and to create new employment here. To this purpose, we will in 2017 focus even more on personalised and flexible production. It is quite a challenge to make this possible at the cost of serial production. For this, Flanders Make wants to create a cooperative environment in which all parties involved can work together in the best possible conditions.

Dirk Torfs, General Director

“In 2017, we will focus even more on developing personalised and flexible production systems at the cost of serial production.”

Dirk Torfs, General Director