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Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics Cluster West Flanders

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 1 January, 2015
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Prov. West-Vlaanderen
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Verhamme
Stefaan
Cluster Manager
+32494535473
stefaan.verhamme@west-vlaanderen.be
Male
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Information Technology and Analytical Instruments
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
Manufacturing plants networks
Process automation
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Machinery & equipment n.e.c.
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
250
Number of SME members: 
220
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The M&M cluster provides solutions for sectoral challenges facing the West Flemish manufacturing industry today and tomorrow. Smart, flexible, customised production processes are the main foci of the cluster, driven by innovation in the areas of small batch size, customisation, the use of digital technologies and automation. Companies active in the industry have the opportunity to:

  • experience what specific solutions can mean for their unique businesses;
  • benefit from partners’ expertise;
  • collaborate with peers on production optimisation;
  • launch joint projects that may qualify for funding.
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
No
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Support of knowledge transfer
Support of technology transfer
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Canada
China
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
France
United Kingdom
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesName & Description (Regional/National)
INTERREG

POM West Flanders has a vast experience in Interreg projects, where for Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics recent projects are Factory 4.0 (Interreg FR-W-FL) and ISE (Interreg 2-Seas).