Innovative Business Networks
Innovative Business Networks aim to construct a dynamic within a group of companies. This innovation networks are expected to implement concrete action plans, with visible economic added values for the participating companies, by collaborating intensively between the companies. This cluster type also includes mutual initiatives in upcoming domains. Innovative business networks differ from spearhead clusters in scale, maturity, time horizon and ambition level. They are small-scale initiatives with a support time horizon of three years
These are the projects supported:
Bouwindustrialisatie & off site construction
The cluster facilitates sustainable forms of collaboration between cluster members that lead to a more deeply integrated systematic use of prefab construction products and solutions, as well as on-site automation.
In the construction sector, many companies still follow the traditional “construction philosophy”: every building is unique. This leads to ad hoc solutions at the yard, high costs of failure, labour-intensive processes, difficult and unsafe working conditions, and much interference of contractors and subcontractors. Increasingly strict insulation, airtightness, acoustics and stability regulations only serve to expand these issues.
To respond to this, the sector is convinced now more than ever that forces should be combined to establish a concept of construction industrialisation. By applying industrial logic to the design, preparation and realisation of constructions, system solutions and/or prefabrication are obvious solutions. However, single companies that want to implement these solutions encounter many difficulties and obstacles. Proper steps in the application of construction industrialisation can be taken only in a group: on the one hand by removing obstacles together and on the other by strengthening companies’ individual approaches through collaborations with others. It is expected that a successful step forwards will soon lead to a widening market for all cluster members, and will eventually create a wider following.
Luc François, cluster manager, T +32 5 655 77 11, email@example.com
Building Information Models at an accelerated pace: optimising mutual collaboration, removing obstacles and developing new applications.
WTCB aims to develop initiatives for companies operating in the construction sector (investigation agencies, contractors, materials and construction elements manufacturers) for the application, standardisation and implementation of BIM. The concept of BIM consists of all parties collaborating to establish a digital model of the construction project, correctly adding all information required to complete the construction project. This should lead to time savings, improved project management, error elimination, efficient use of materials, collaboration with more companies, and an increased chance of international activities among cluster members.
The Cluster unites companies that want to further develop BIM technology, other parties that want to use the technology (more actively), and product and system manufacturers who see this evolution as a special technological marketing challenge.
Manufacturing companies: digitise your core skills!
Digitising the production processes in manufacturing companies offers opportunities for production breakthroughs: an increase in responsiveness, strengthening a customer-oriented approach and organising new services on the basis of newly gained production details.
For technology providers, the competitiveness increase is based on the launch of new products that were tested in a production environment first, and are able to better meet the customer’s needs.
The strength of this network is in bringing together these two parties and creating collaboration projects on themes defined in advance.
Network of companies active in biotechnology, life sciences and digital or medical technology.
Groen Licht Vlaanderen
With the motto ‘Led’s be connected’, we collaborate on the digitisation of lighting.
The digitisation of the lighting industry is a huge challenge for the traffic lights sector and is not possible without the help of specialists in the areas of IT, electronics, automation, etc. Digitisation and connecting lighting can have a tremendous added value, allowing revenues to rise. The applications and challenges can be found in the areas of:
- The increasing focus on lighting quality of the home and work environment.
- The personalising of lighting adjusted to eyesight, age, personal mood and nature of the activities to be carried out.
- The expansion of the functionality of lighting equipment via sensors that measure temperature, presence, daylight, air quality, etc.
- The expansion of the functionality of the complete lighting installation (communication, commissioning, etc.)
Multidisciplinary collaboration via an open innovation concept is the only way to valorise the economic opportunities, because the issue transcends the expertise of individual parties. To make this transition into a success, and to perhaps speed it up, a catalyst and a coach are needed: Groen Licht Vlaanderen fulfils these roles.
Groen Licht Vlaanderen will act as a go-between so that companies in the lighting sector will meet on the one hand companies from the IT, electronics and automation sectors, and on the other hand other lighting companies, to stimulate collaboration.
The Innovatief BedrijfsNetwerk Composieten aims to create a dynamic in the composite industry by identifying and bringing together companies from value chains where composite materials may constitute an opportunity and/or an added value. This dynamic should lead to a revenue growth and an employment increase in the composite industry.
To achieve this, we strive to
- increase the innovative power of collaborating companies;
- quicken the implementation of new or innovative products or processes;
- increase the regional, national and international visibility of the Flemish composite industry.
In this cluster the value chain of the composite industry will be covered as well as possible. On the basis of market needs, a number of specific cases will be defined, which should lead to more revenue by marketing improved products and/or processes or by creating new business (new to us/new to market) in Belgium and abroad. If you are a member of the cluster, you will be involved in these new developments, possibly creating new business activities by combining competencies in the value chain.
Network of companies who aspire to make cities SMART. IoT4Society is an ecosystem for companies that wish to bring new products and services with a global potential in smart city applications to the market.
IoT Value Chain – The Beacon
Business network in the areas of the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).
Network of companies, organisations and government administrations active in the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) value chain.
Network for companies of offshore energy (wind, wave and tidal)
Smart Buildings in Use
Network of companies, from contractors to technology providers, active in the digitisation of the management and maintenance of buildings.