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Symposium 2022 - Towards a sustainable, digital and competitive industry

Brabanthal Leuven
Symposium 2022 - Towards a sustainable, digital and competitive industry

Event address

Brabantlaan 1
3001 Leuven

Welcome to our 2022 Symposium!

This year we will organise our annual symposium at the Brabanthal in Leuven on Tuesday 25 October 2022. During this inspiring day, local and international keynote speakers will present the technological trends that define the future of the industry.

With a combination of interesting keynotes, live demonstrations and networking opportunities, this is the place to be if you want to keep up with the evolutions in the industry. Exciting speakers such as Biba Visnjicki (Tembo Group), Jan Casteels (Duracell), Veerle Van Wassenhove (Bekaert), Wouter Denayer (Briteflo, former IBM), Koen Maertens (DUCO), Yves Vancleemput (Janssen Pharmaceutica) and Ank De Wilde (Absolem) will share their story.

On our symposium you will meet, among others, business managers, CTOs and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs.

In this way, we aim to inspire you to fully commit to technological innovation within your company in order to remain competitive in a challenging economy.

Our Symposium is...

Keynote presentations

Learn more about the keynotes and their presenters of the 2022 Symposium.

Top Technology Demonstrations

Discover here which technology we will demonstrate at the 2022 Symposium.


Meet business managers, CTOs and R&D-managers of companies big and small at the 2022 Symposium.


*The entire programme will be presented in English.


Welcome coffee & breakfast


Opening session: Driving innovation for a sustainable future of our industry
Dirk Torfs, CEO, Flanders Make


Digitalisation at scale: Vision on successful implementation of industry 4.0, focusing on technology and corporate culture
Biba Visnjicki, Global Head of Digitalisation, Tembo Group (the Netherlands)


Coffee break & demo visits


Smart scheduling of production
Johannes Cottyn, Core Lab Manager FlandersMake@UGent

Digital twins as basis for smart active house concepts
Koen Maertens, R&D Director, DUCO Ventilation & Sun Control

Autonomous working vehicles in the industry
Ellen van Nunen, Project leader, Flanders Make

Introduction to the demonstrators resulting from Flanders Make’s latest research
Marc Engels, COO, Flanders Make

13.00 Lunch, demo visits & tours

From smart processes to smart solutions
Veerle Van Wassenhove, VP Innovation, Bekaert

Taking the innovation leap
Jan Casteels, Plant Manager VP, Duracell Inc.

Creating value with AI
Wouter Denayer, Innovation magician & founder of Briteflo, former CTO of IBM Belux

16.00 Coffee break & demo visits

Adaptable, connected & sustainable pharmaceutical manufacturing
Yves Vancleemput, Director Business Development, Janssen

Human centric approaches to drive innovation
Ank De Wilde, CEO and Cofounder, Absolem


Closing session
International O&J Péters Prizes award ceremony

Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman, Flanders Make


Toast to the Flanders Make innovation ecosystem!

Walking dinner & demo visits

Get your tickets here

Brabanthal Leuven