The key sectors

Company networks - Clustering

The concept of company networks (clustering) has gained ground world-wide as a new modus operandi of the productive fabric and as a source of innovation.

In order to reinforce regional competitiveness in sectors that show a clear potential, Wallonia decided to develop a policy of company networks back in 2001 in the form of the Walloon Clusters and, from 2005 onwards, Competitiveness Clusters.

The Walloon Business and Competitiveness Clusters

 Mobility and Transport


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Logistics in Wallonia is the Transport and Logistics Competitiveness Cluster, created to promote the transport and logistics sector of Wallonia both within the country and abroad, by coordinating activities, by defining a common strategy and by optimising human and technological resources.
skywin.JPG Skywin is the Aerospace Competitiveness Cluster. Skywin established a sound strategy, focusing on 3 major axes, 3 “More” or “+”:  beside the “More intelligent” – aiming at developing technological niches for the future- and the “More applications and services” – aiming at diversifying and creating new companies- one also finds the “More composites” axis which aims at meeting the market demand in terms of yet lighter components or increased performance in the structures, without forgetting the minimization of the environmental footprint.

Environment and Sustainable Development

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CAP 2020 is the Business Cluster that gathers entities active in the building industry, regrouping Contractors, Architects, Producers and Suppliers of materials and services who have adopted the 2020 common European objective of massive energy consumption reduction.

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Eco-building is a network of companiesthat aim at building while taking into consideration today’s environment and the one of future generations while offering a maximum of comfort to the inhabitants. It gathers architects, infrared thermography and electromagnetic pollution specialists, builders, companies active in the green renovation sector, manufacturers, green building materials suppliers and green electricians, companies active in the field of renewable energy, building contractors specialised in water treatment by lagooning, natural pools installation, rainwater treatment and recovery,…

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GreenWin is the Competitiveness Cluster aiming at innovation in green chemistry and durable materials (including their applications in zero or near zero energy buildings). Our projects follow three main strategic lines : Design of new products based on renewable (bio-sourced) or recycled raw materials; Design of new products and systems applied to energy management (energy storage, durable buildings…); Design of new techniques for re-using / recycling end of life products and systems as well as using landfills as a new source for raw materials.

Cluster TWEED

TWEED cluster (Technology of Wallonia Energy, Environment and sustainable Development), is the Business Cluster gathering entities active in the “sustainable energy” sector, which means renewable energy sources, energy efficiency: the implementation of new processes in order to achieve energy savings, energy efficiency or the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, green products and services.

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Val+ is the Business Cluster that gathers high skilled industrial companies, experts and research centres active in solid waste sector (domestic wastes, industrial wastes, green wastes, construction wastes, hospital wastes, asbestos, sludges, polluted soils and groundwater, electric & electronic equipment wastes…)

Food – Health

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BioWin is the health competitiveness cluster that federates all stakeholders from Wallonia participating in innovation and training in the field of biotechnology and health. The R&D, supported by the cluster, covers all fields related to health. Eight technological themes have been defined: Biomarkers + in vitro & in vivo diagnostic, Innovative tools and instrumentation, Drug delivery systems, Novel therapies, Information technologies applied to human health, Innovative processes and organisational innovations, Medical devices, Drug discovery.

Wagralim

WagrALIM is the Competitiveness Cluster dedicated to the food industry. Manufacturers in the sector have defined 4 strategic development areas: “Health” foods/Nutritional quality, Industrial efficiency, Packaging, Development of durable networks in the agro-industry.

Transversal Technologies


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Infopole Cluster TIC is the Business Cluster that gathers professionals in Information and Communication Technology in order to promote business and innovation through partnership.

The actual strategy of the ICT clusters is to focus on the creation of a partnership dynamic structured around priority segments and niches (eHealth, Intelligent Transport Systems, ICT for Green, eGov).


Mecatech

MecaTech is the Competitiveness Cluster in Mechanical Engineering. The MecaTech Cluster projects are selected around four strategic lines of development : Materials and surfaces of the future, Comprehensive forming technologies, Microtechnologies and mechatronics, Intelligent maintenance.

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Cluster Photonique is the Business Cluster that gathers enterprises as well as research and training centres, all involved in PHOTONICS, a very high potential sector. The science of PHOTONICS is based on and concerned with the controlled flow of photons, or light particles. Photonics systems enable to generate, conduct, detect and treat light.
logo-plastiwin-2-38585.jpg Plastiwin is the Business Cluster that gathers entities of the plastics industry :

– The manufacturers of raw materials, masterbatches, dyes and various additives.
– The mould makers, designers, manufacturers of tools.
– The plastics processors active in the injection moulding, extrusion, blowing, thermoforming, but also in machining, cutting, bending, surface treatment and retailers.

logo TWIST.jpg TWIST is the Business Cluster that gathers entities working in the field of digital technologies for image, sound and text manipulation. It focuses on both film/ animation and broadcasting/multimedia, uniting talents whose know-how is internationally renowned. The cluster is now orienting its development towards the set-up of projects uniting the skills and technologies present at the heart of the cluster, centred on six themes: stereoscopic 3D – Internet/Mobile Content – Digital Archiving – Serious Game – Motion Capture – Digital Signage

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The aim of this policy is to develop a critical mass and a standard of excellence in promising sectors of activity that makes it possible to trigger a new growth dynamic at regional level and to give Wallonia more clout on the European and international stage.

The 6 competitiveness clusters are:

  1. life sciences
  2. agrifood
  3. transport-logistics
  4. mechanical engineering
  5. aeronautics-space
  6. environmental technologies

The Marshall Plan 2.green is keeping its finger on the pulse, in particular to take on board the “sustainable” dimension. In keeping with this aim, the Government has launched a 6th competitiveness cluster devoted to new environmental technologies and has put a greater focus on “sustainable development” across the entire Marshall Plan and in all of its policies.

 

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