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General Information
Year Established: 
Thursday, 30 November, 2006
Number of employees in the cluster organisation : 
6-10
Regions: 
Prov. Namur
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Meta cluster Intermat
Reverse Metallurgy Platform
Vanguard Initiative
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
van Rooden
Thibaud
Internationalisation Responsible
+32 487 52 53 34
thibaud.vanrooden@polemecatech.be
Van Putte
Anthony
Cluster Manager
+32 476 97 26 09
anthony.vanputte@polemecatech.be
Languages spoken: 
Dutch
English
French
German
Polish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Aerospace Vehicles and Defense
Electric Power Generation and Transmission
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
Micro- and Nanotechnology related to Biological sciences
3D printing
Smart grids
S3 EU priority areas: 
Advanced manufacturing systems
Advanced materials
Waste collection, treatment&disposal activities, materials recovery & remediation activities
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Medical Devices
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Sensors, Big Data, Internet of Things, Embedded Systems, Microfludics, Mecatronics, Simulation & digital engineering, Additive Manufacturing, Reverse Metallurgy
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
272
Number of SME members: 
125
Number of larger company members: 
44
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
95
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
8
Entrepreneurship and start-up support organisations: 
Name and link of major players: 
NameTypeWebsite
CMI
Larger Company
IBA
Larger Company
AGC Europe
Larger Company
FN Herstal
Larger Company
Maintenance Partners
SME
Reverse Metallurgy
Technord
Larger Company
Materia Nova
SME
Deltabeam
SME
JEMA
SME
WOW Technology
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

The MecaTech Competitiveness Cluster’s mis­sion is to enhance Wallonia’s entire mecha­nical engineering sector*, boosting activity and employment, trough engineering and conducting innovative projects of internatio­nal scope based on networks of large companies, SMEs, universities, research and training centers.

MecaTech develops innovative products, equipments and processes with high added value by relying mainly on four strategic technological fields, namely:

  • Materials and surfaces of the future, 
  • Materials forming such as additive manufacturing
  • Microtechnology and mechatronics,
  • Smart maintenance and production.

The spectrum of activities is intentionally broad in order to stimulate unprecedented synergy, and the Hybrization of Technologies needed to achieve breakthrough innovations. 

Application domaine range from Defense, Construction & Building, Energy, Medtech, Industry or even Mobility and transportation  

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Enabling Facilities sharing
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through international activities: 
Canada
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation through trans-national activities: 
France
Germany
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Spain
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
High Tech NL
Luxinnovation
Materalia
ViaMeca
Mecanov
CIC Margune
Pole SCS
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLink
INTERREG

INTERREG Transmit 1: Formation au marketing et commercialisation de produits HiTech.

Projet INTERREG IV INTERMAT GR (Grande Région), dedicated to materials & processes.

Projet INTERREG V FACTORY 4.0 (France Wallonie Flandre), dedicated to increasing competitiveness of SME's of region in line with digital factory concepts.

Projet INTERREG V Robotix Academy (Greater Region), focused on connecting Research & Industry on the topics of robotics

 

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

What are the key figures for the Walloon mechanical engineering sector and the MecaTech cluster?

If we assess the first seventeen calls for projects, we count a total of 102 projects (69 research projects, 14 investment projects and 19 training projects) involving 272 players (44 large corporations, 125 SMEs, 77 university laboratories, 18 research centers, 5 higher schools and 3 competence centers; e.g., overall 536 participants). This represents an investment of €285 million, of which €94,3 million derive from private funding (€79,5 million for large enterprises and €114 million for small and medium enterprises).

 The companies involved in MecaTech have experienced an important growth as well in terms of employment as in added value. Employment developed from 2005 to 2014: + 66% for SMEs, and + 20% for large corporations, whereas the sector of mechanical engineering indicates a fall of 5%. The same applies to added value: + 107% for SMEs and + 76% for large corporations vs + 11% for the sector. Gross tangible and intangible assets reveal a healthy vitality: + 125% (from 1,285 to 2,889 million) for all member enterprises, and even + 152% (from 470 to 1,186 million) for SMEs alone.

Furthermore, the MecaTech cluster participated in the setting up of 3 platforms in order to respond to the sector’s new opportunities: Symbiosis (use of molecular biomimicry technologies in functional coatings), Reverse Metallurgy (metals recycling involving the CRM and various industrials), and Proton therapy (IBA and various partners). 

Why partners should choose you for cooperation?: 

A way to illustrate this point is to give a few very concret examples of cluster-certified R&D projects. Cluster project are also open to international partners.  

Let’s start with IBA’s WIN-GTR project, which intends to develop a mechanical structure allowing full rotation of the radiation head around the patient under hadron therapy treatment. For its part, PHOENIX targets the development of an integrated global enhancement process of the organic matter contained in metal crushing waste, in order to produce alternative hydro-liquid carbons, metal and carbon concentrates to be used in steel industries. GREEN+ focuses

on developing energy recovery groups on the stale air through an integrated, compact double flow system. ECOLAS’ objective means to save energy in the production methods by using the new, clean and efficient laser techniques. There are two objectives in this respect: to apply

new semiconductor laser technologies (laser diodes) to the treatment of materials sectors still driven by classic technologies, and to develop new sources and interfaces in order to resolve the problems linked to particular applications. Finally, LIONEL’s objective means forming an innovative procedure for the production of soft intraocular lenses from a nano-composite type material.