Ecosystems for boosting innovation

Constantly at the cutting-edge of technology throughout the entire history of the industrial revolution, Walloon industry was built around glass and steel in the 19th and 20th centuries and has embraced new technologies and new processes in the 21st century.
Spin-offs, SMEs, large businesses, the region comprises complete ecosystems that allow companies to develop and innovate in order to become global leaders in cutting-edge sectors.

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A sector in which Wallonia excels

The field of mechanical engineering is vast because it includes all the competences that require mechanical work: space sector, automobile industry, mechanised industrial processes, assembly lines for drugs, household appliances, chemical industry, and more.
Robotics and automation are closely linked to mechanical engineering and constitute sectors in which Wallonia excels. Indeed, Wallonia's qualities for precision, reliability and speed in electromechanical engineering have led the region's engineers to make it a sector of excellence.

The aim of the MecaTech Cluster is to be a driving force for the entire Walloon mechanical engineering sector by developing business and employment through the preparation and implementation of innovative international projects and relying on networks that bring together large businesses, SMEs, universities, research centres and skills centres.

The MecaTech Cluster comprises four strategic lines around which it structures its projects:

  • materials and surfaces of the future
  • global forming technologies
  • microtechnologies and mechatronics
  • maintenance and reliability

The cluster in figures

  • 272 members
  • 102 certified projects
  • Total budget: €300 million
  • 3 innovation platforms

7th strong innovator

2016 innovation scoreboard: Belgium is ranked 7th among the "strong innovators" 

4 Renowned Belgian universities

Four Belgian universities in the top 200 of the Times Higher World University Rankings (09/2017)

14 UCL Masters in the global ranking of the best courses

Eduniversal ranking – May 2017

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