Flanders Make Symposium

How can innovation strengthen your company? How do you prepare your team for a strong next generation manufacturing industry? Find out at our very first Flanders Make symposium on Tuesday the 22nd of November.

What can you expect? A day packed with interesting keynotes, inspiring presentations and interactive demos. Take me to the subscription form.


08h30 Welcome

09h30 Opening keynotes

  • Geert Bourgeois, Minister-president of the Government of Flanders 
  • Urbain Vandeurzen, Chairman of the Board of Directors Flanders Make
  • Dirk Torfs, CEO Flanders Make

10h15 Co-designing products and production at one location as a key to success. Paul Snauwaert, VP agricultural equipment product development CNH

10h45 European roadmap for Factories of the Future: objectives & research needs. Carl Gisleskog, Digital technologies advisor European Factories of the Future Research Association 

11h15 Industry 4.0 from an ICT perspective. Sonia Van Ballaert, Executive partner at IBM 

11h45 Three parallel sessions: system engineering for the manufacturing industry. Flanders Make expertise & industrial cases ​

  • Autonomous mobile systems
  • Smart interconnected machines
  • Agile and human centered production systems

12h45 Sandwich lunch and demonstrations

14h15 Disruptive innovation at Tesla. Marc Van Impe, Business development manager Belux Tesla 

14h45 Innovative strategies realizing your company’s Industry 4.0 goals

  • Peter Vermeire, Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Detlef Zühlke, Head innovative factory systems at DFKI
  • Marc de Wind, COO Punch Powertrain

16h15 Three parallel sessions: system engineering for the manufacturing industry. Flanders Make expertise & industrial cases

  • Advanced drive trains
  • Model based system design
  • Additive & hybrid manufacturing systems

17h15 Coffee break and demonstrations

17h45 Flanders could be the future Walhalla of the manufacturing industry. Ronnie Leten, CEO Atlas Copco

18h15 Plenary closing session. Dirk Torfs, CEO Flanders Make

18h30 Special wrap-up of the day by conference comedian Dirk Denoyelle & walking dinner


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  • The subscription fee is €150 for member companies,
  • Non-members pay €250.
Date: 22/11/2016 - 08:30-18:30
Location: Utopolis, Spuibeekstraat 5, 2800 Mechelen

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