Flanders Make supports companies with research and innovation to be successful

Innovation is key

Companies that want to be successful are best betting firmly on innovation. Innovating is like running a marathon: it takes fitness, preparation and a well-dosed effort until the finish line is reached.

Being innovative is also an attitude. You are never really done with it and every step you take also creates new opportunities. Innovation leaders, unlike in the past, are not just large companies. Small companies often have the advantage that they are very agile and can take quick steps with great focus.

The challenges are great for both innovation leaders and followers: the industry 4.0 transformation is still ongoing, everyone knows by now that the transition to a sustainable industry is a top priority. In addition, the war for talent is also still on and companies are fighting to bring in and keep talent.


Cooperation is the key to answer this. Cooperations between different companies and with knowledge institutions such as Flanders Make that supports companies in their product and production innovations.

Together with some 200 companies, our 800 researchers form an ecosystem. Here we work together on research that leads to concrete solutions for companies. The Flemish government provides financial support and sets up living labs to bring new technologies to companies.

How to collaborate with Flanders Make?

Companies can cooperate with Flanders Make in a non-binding way or choose to become a member. With a basic membership, companies can participate in our events at a preferential rate. Here, we share knowledge and expertise from our research and you come into contact with other companies with similar interests.

Multiple forms of membership are available for companies that want to cooperate with us structurally or even help determine the direction of our research.

What do we do?

We support companies with ambitious innovation trajectories in their digital and sustainability transitions. We also help to develop or improve and validate their mechatronic products.

We deploy technologies such as AI, AR, VR, cobots, digital work instructions, design methods and digital twins to develop better, smarter and sustainable products or to improve assembly and production processes.

We offer companies customised innovation and they can also participate in all kinds of research. This allows them to take technological steps forward in their organisation.

On our website, you will also find extensive information on the infrastructure we provide for testing and validating products and production.

Testimonials from satisfied companies

  • VINTIV - Timen Floré, Director, about the cooperation for machine upgrading: “Through Flanders Make, we always have access to objective knowledge and expertise in technological evolutions such as vision, artificial intelligence and digitalisation. The partnership with Flanders Make is a very conscious choice for VINTIV and is crucial in our constant development as machine developers and builders."
  • CNH Industrial - Paul Snauwaert, VP Advanced technology and Innovation, about winning the Agritechnica 2022 Silver Medal with their automated baler: "The automatic baler increases yield and sustainability. This prestigious award for our baler automation clearly demonstrates the strength of the cooperation with Flanders Make."
  • Rhinox - Leonard Tam, Managing Partner, about adaptive training support in virtual reality: “This project led to new functionalities in the Rhinox VR training framework. It allows us to take a better market position and also offer these features to new and existing customers."
  • VCST - Yannick Meerten, Team Leader R&D, about customised innovation: “The simulation tool removes the need for physical tests. Time-consuming physical tests are a thing of the past thanks to Flanders Make's thoughtful simulation model.”
  • Janssen Pharmaceutica - Isabel Vanlinthout, Senior Manager Supply Chain Strategy, about the road to a digital pharmaceutical industry: "Thanks to the collaboration with Flanders Make, the Beerse-based pharmaceutical production strengthens its pioneering position within the global Johnson & Johnson network in terms of automation and innovation."
  • VITALO - Anne-Laure Lannoo, R&D-manager, about the optimisation of thermoforming: “By combining our technical knowledge with project-based support from Flanders Make, we significantly improved our design methods."
  • Procter & Gamble - Andre Convents, Open Innovation specialist, on optimising business decisions through an inventory management simulation model: “Thanks to this study in inventory management, we can avoid a cost impact of more than five million dollars a year."
  • Aminolabs - Bert Aerts, Production manager, on a feasibility study around deploying cobots in their manufacturing environment: "Thanks to this study, we gained the confidence to invest in cobots."


Curious for more testimonials?

Then be sure to download our annual activity reports. You will find even more experiences of satisfied Flanders Make customers.

Are you interested in a collaboration?

Are you interested in working with us? Then be sure to contact us. Who knows, we might soon be writing our next success story together.


We are always happy to engage in an initial exploratory conversation, as we believe in the "no wrong door" principle. In the diverse Flemish innovation landscape, different organisations work in a complementary way and, if necessary, we make contact with another party that can best help you.

Companies that want to deploy technology that is already available on the market, for example, we are happy to refer to collective centres. Others we bring into contact with VLAIO's Team Bedrijfstrajecten, which supports and advises companies to realise their innovative plans, growth ambitions or business transformation, possibly also with a boost thanks to subsidies from the Flemish government.

In this way, all companies find their way to solutions for the major challenges they encounter on their growth path.

Dirk Torfs, Special Assignment Holder

Dirk Torfs was CEO of Flanders Make from 2014 to 2023. From 1 March 2023, Dirk is committed to strategic projects and stakeholder management as special assignment holder to the CEO. Dirk is a Civil Mechanical-Electrical Engineer and Doctor of Applied Sciences (KU Leuven) and obtained an Executive MBA from Flanders Business School. He has more than 25 years' experience in management positions in Flemish industry (including at Trasys, ABB and Imtech) and is Professor of Quantitative Decision Making for the Flanders Business School's Executive MBA programme.