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Flanders Make Symposium 2018: the future of the manufacturing industry

On Tuesday 27 November, we will organise our annual Symposium at Kinepolis Antwerp. During this inspiring day, we will discuss the trends that define the future of the manufacturing industry. We will illustrate our research results and show concrete cases of companies with whom we collaborate. Our annual Symposium is also a great networking platform. You will meet, among others, CEOs, CTOs and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs. During these networking moments, you can also join several demonstrations illustrating the results of our partnerships with companies and other research institutions. 


09h00 Welcome

09h30 Opening presentation - Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Flanders Make

10h00 Keynote speeches

  • Smart sourcing strategies for smart innovation in the semicon industry - Jan Smits, Executive Vice President Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, ASML (The Netherlands)
  • How to turn asset data into actionable intelligence? - Philippe Mol, Technical Manager, Performance for Assets (P4A)
  • Modular drive train concepts for electric vehicles - fast charging ready! - Rik De Doncker, Director E.ON Energy Research Center, ISEA and Forschungscampus FEN, RWTH Aachen (Germany)

11h15 Demonstrations & Coffee 

12h00 Evolving towards smart & highly adaptive products & production with Flanders Make

Opportunities & advantages of multi-context adaptivity in products and production for your company - Marc Engels, COO, Flanders Make

Introduction into the 4 demonstration areas              

  • Decision & Control  - Andrei Bartic, Cluster Manager, Flanders Make
  • Design & Optimisation - Paola Campestrini, Cluster Manager, Flanders Make
  • Motion Products - Lieven De Meyer, CTO, Flanders Make
  • Flexible Assembly- Sonia Vanderlinden, Cluster Manager, Flanders Make   

13h00 Demonstrations & sandwich lunch

14h30 Testimonials: how companies realize technological progress collaborating with Flanders Make

15h00 The value of the digital twin:  understanding and optimizing your product’s performance throughout its complete lifecycle - Wim Desmet, Professor, KU Leuven & Flanders Make

15h30 Testimonials: Innovative solutions that can also contribute to your company’s success 

  • Mind the gap - IT/OT interoperability - Mike James, Chairman of the Board of Directors, ATS Global (The Netherlands)
  • Manufacturing at the speed of light- Bart Decloedt, Manager Sales & Innovation, Mariasteen
  • Duracell builds factory of the future through co-creation - Luc Deleu, CEO, Ometa 

16h00 Demonstrations & coffee

16h45 Keynote speeches

  • Solving the war for talent - Jan Beyen, Founder, Connect Human Capital
  • How innovation supports the love for the customer - Myriam Schepers, CEO, Prefamac Chocolate Machines NV
  • Adidas Speedfactory: Flexible Production for the Future - Paul Smith, Director Mechanical Engineering, Adidas (Germany)

18h00 Closing session - Anneleen Van Bossuyt, Member of the European Parliament & Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make

18h30 Walking dinner

Register here

27/11/2018 - 09:00
Kinepolis Antwerp