The new manufacturing campus will be part of Flanders’ advanced manufacturing ecosystem, which connects companies, research facilities and government agencies to stimulate innovation.
"Most incubators are engaged in service provision, whereas this one will mainly be production-oriented and work on developing new products," explains Genk mayor Wim Dries. "The campus will be on the Thor site in Waterschei, next to the main building. We are already looking for interested companies."
The city of Genk, local investment firms LRM and POM Limburg, the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), strategic research center Flanders Make and production competence center Sirris are also involved in the new campus.
Flanders-based life science incubator BioVille also received EUR 1.3 million in funding from Europe. The money will be used for the construction of a third wing in Diepenbeek, which has already started. Some 30 companies, as well as Hasselt University, are already working there.