Research infrastructure

For companies in the manufacturing industry it has become more crucial than ever to innovate even faster and better and using open platforms. Only in this way, they will be able to remain competitive and realise sustainable growth, in Flanders and far beyond. Flanders Make wants to offer all supports it can give to companies to bring their products and services to a higher level and facilitate their market introduction.


Within the scope of our infrastructure projects, we make available state-of-the-art facilities in so-called living labs so as to enable companies, research centres, cluster and sectoral organisations to test, validate and demonstrate new developments and prototypes. This is done in strict confidentiality and releases them from the obligation to invest in top infrastructure themselves. And, talking about added benefits, they can appeal to the knowledge and experience of our engineers. Joint brainwork, co-creation and optimal knowledge sharing are the pillars for booking progress as a network, today and tomorrow.



Over the next two years, Flanders Make invests no less than 5 million euros in the further expansion of its infrastructure in Lommel. More in particular in:

  • A hardware-in-the-loop electrical drive system, which provides the combination of hardware and simulated environments (from power source to outgoing motor shaft) that is required for faster product development processes.
  • A mobile laboratory to bring the latest technologies in the field of production and human-robot technology to companies but also to schools and training centres.
  • A state-of-the-art laboratory to determine, test and validate the combination of environmental factors and new joining techniques.

These investments in this new state-of-the-art infrastructure are partly financed by the SALK Plan (Strategic Action Plan for Limburg) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and partly through projects involving partner companies.