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Green light for mechatronics technology center

The Flanders Government has approved a subsidy of 11.1 million euro for the establishment of a Flanders Mechatronics Technology Center.



Working with the University of Leuven, the Scientific and Technical Center of the Metallurgics Council, and 15 companies, the center will be responsible for developing technical know-how in the mechatronics sector.

Companies involved include Picanol, Barco Machinebouw, Atlas Copco, Beckaert Engineering, Case New Holland, Daikin, EADS-Oostkamp, Egemin, Gilbos, Hansen Transmissions, ISB, LVD, Picanol, Packo, Pattyn, Spicer Off-Highway and Van De Wiele.

Three particular fields are planned for the center: sensors and microsystems, high performance modular machinery, and mechatronics as a foundation stone for the creation of digital factories.

Dirk Van Mechelen, Flemish Minister for Innovation, said it was expected that the center would be able to position itself as one of the leading institutes of its type in Europe in a period of five years.

Reported by
FIT
17 April 2003

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