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This week WaterstofNet already moved to our renewed premises (which will be officially opened at March 20th by Minister Muyters)!
WaterstofNet realizes sustainable hydrogen projects in the region Flanders-South Netherlands together with a large network of manufacturing companies and knowledge institutions.
This way manufacturing companies like e.g. Hydrogenics and VDL group become part of the Open Manufacturing Community but also knowledge institutions like Imec, Thomas More and ECN.
By stimulating open innovation between these companies and combining this with the available manufacturing expertise at OMC, we expect to realize shortly new production-rampups together.
To that Adwin and Marc already raise the glass!
On Thursday May 15 more than 100 invitees visited the Open Manufacturing Campus at the occasion of the foundation stone laying ceremony of the renovation works of the 2 OMC halls, offering more than ten thousand square meters of space. These will be available for new OMC partner companies later this year. For this purpose the offices and production space will be first renovated and the latter will be dividable on a 5x5 m2 grid flexibly such that companies can start-up optimally here, but can also further grow easily within these halls. The enthusiastic team consisting of Marc Corthout (OMC), Kris Vreys (IOK), Inge Bruynooghe (Philips), Hans Nicasy (Peira), Johan Verbruggen (SPK) en Inge Rijcken (Randstad) explained to our guests the OMC project and their role in this.
Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters laid the virtual foundation stone by signing the memorial board fort his event and addressed the invitees. The OMC project fits within the New Industrial Policy of Flanders and can become the growth pole and meeting place for Factories of the Future, such that new industrial employment can be built up in the wider region.
Right after the reception at the occasion of the above event, a Symposium was held with as external top speakers Wilson De Pril (CEO Agoria Vlaanderen) and Koenraad Debackere (Managing Director KU Leuven, leader of Flanders in Action etc.). Wilson stressed the importance of smart production and the new Strategic Research Center (SOC) on Manufacturing, while Koen showed the need for smart specialisation, from theorie to many practical examples. Inge Bruynooghe (Plantmanager Turnhout) and Marc Corthout (OMC Director) took these items into the local context with smart production equipment supplemented with smart employees that Inge gave the floor via short video testimonials. Marc explained the ambition level of OMC as Campus and Community: being the most productive square high tech en life sciences and how the ingredients but also the recipes are ready to kick off OMC.
In an animated panel discussion the speakers were joined by representatives of Janssen Pharmaceutics (Tom Aelbrecht) and start-up DoseVue (Emiliano D’Agostino). The complementarity of the new SOC, the Made Different programme, OMC and the recently announced Janssen Innovation Labs were discussed and how this can create the optimal ecosystem also for start-ups.
In the coming days the full presentations will be made available through our Knowledge Centre page. Stay tuned!