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Symposium 2023 & Festive opening of Flanders Make Kortrijk

Flanders Make Kortrijk
Symposium 2023 & Festive opening of Flanders Make Kortrijk

Event address

Graaf Karel De Goedelaan 16-18
8500 Kortrijk

Welcome to our 2023 Symposium!

Welcome to the Flanders Make Symposium 2023! This exciting event is taking place in person on Thursday, November 9th, 2023. Join us for a day filled with innovation, collaboration, and inspiration.

During this inspiring day, you will:

  • Discover our new Kortrijk site, including plenty of demonstrations of our latest innovations;
  • Get inspiration from local and international keynote speakers that present sustainable industrial innovations;
  • Explore the future of the Flemish industry, via the Vision 2030 programme.

On our symposium you will meet, i.a. business managers, CTOs and R&D-managers of large companies and SMEs. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career, the Flanders Make Symposium 2023 is the perfect place to gain new insights and connect with like-minded individuals. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your knowledge and grow your network!

Our Symposium is...

Keynote presentations - Symposium 2022

Keynote presentations

Learn more about the keynotes and their presenters of the 2023 Symposium.

Top Technology Demonstrations - Symposium 2023

Top Technology Demonstrations

Discover here which technology we will demonstrate at the 2023 Symposium.

Networking - Symposium 2023


Meet business managers, CTOs and R&D-managers of companies big and small at the 2023 Symposium.


*The entire programme will be presented in English.


Welcome coffee & breakfast


Opening session
Grisja Lobbestael, CEO, Flanders Make


Vision on trends and challenges of advanced manufacturing, digitalization and human factors realizing a sustainable industry
Kurt Nielsen, Director of Technology, Danish Technological Institute


Coffee break & demo visits


Flanders Make Session: 3 success stories, presented together with the companies involved

  • Smart lifting system supports operators to easily move heavy loads
    Timothy Mahieu, Process Manager, Daikin
    Abdellatif Bey-Temsamani, Team & Project Leader Computer Vision & AI, Flanders Make
  • Improved productivity of weaving machines by drivetrain co-design and optimization
    Steven Thielemans, R&D Manager Technology, Vandewiele
    Joris Gillis, Researcher Robotica, Automatisering & Mechatronica, FlandersMake@KULeuven
  • From product knowlegde towards design optimisation
    Hendrik Van Hoecke, Senior Design Engineer, Bekaert
    Jonathan Vercruysse, Design Engineer, Bekaert
    Sofie Burggraeve, Technical Domain Lead Design Techniques, Flanders Make

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

12.30 Lunch, demo visits & tours

How to organize for a sustainable future
Eline Brugman, Partner and Sustainability & climate lead, Deloitte Belgium

Vision on smart farming innovation, contributing to a sustainable agricultural industry
Paul Snauwaert, Advanced Technology and Innovation, CNH Industrial

Digitalization: corner stone for innvation trajectories in the engineering of smart and sustainable products
Katrien Wyckaert, Vice President Strategy & Innovation, Simulation and Test Solutions, Siemens DISW

16.00 Coffee break & demo visits

Celebrating the official opening of Flanders Make Kortrijk: Vision 2030 for a competitive, sustainable and digital Industry in Flanders

Can we maintain our high level of prosperity and well being.. without an acceleration of our industry?
Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman Flanders Make

Challenges, opportunities and how manufacturing companies are evolving and dealing with increasing digitization and new technologies
Geert Bruyneel, Head of Global Manufacturing and member of Group Management Team Volvo Cars

Closing speech
Jan Jambon, Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Culture, Digitalisation and Facility Management

Panel discussion
Confirmed participants:
Koenraad Debackere, Executive Director of KU Leuven Research & Development
Geert Bruyneel, Head of Global Manufacturing and Member of Group Management Team Volvo Cars
Lars de Nul, Deputy Head of the Industry 5.0 & AI in Science Unit, European Commission DG Research & Innovation
Grisja Lobbestael, CEO Flanders Make


Walking dinner & demo visits

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Flanders Make Kortrijk