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Flanders Make competence cluster ‘Motion Products’

Programme Type
National, Regional / Local (Belgium)
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STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Environmental/Emissions aspects,
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

To address European ambitions in terms of reducing energy consumption, introducing renewable energy sources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safety concerns, Flanders supports the sustainable transitions in technology trends that the automotive manufacturing industry have to address to remain globally competitive. These include Industry 4.0, Internet-of-Things and Machines-as-a-Service.

Strategic Objectives

The strategic and applied research of Flanders Make is oriented to new value chains creating innovative products, services and processes of Flemish companies active in smart energy, cost efficient products and zero defect processes.

An important part of the research programme focuses on electric and hybrid drive systems and autonomous driving technologies, through offering testing and validation infrastructure, shared with university labs, to develop vehicles and machines of the future together with and for Flemish companies that are active in niches segments like public transport and logistics etc.  

Areas of research include a.o. Connected and Autonomous Driving, Energy and cost-efficient electric powertrains, zero defect, accurate and modular production processes.

Programme organisation

The competence cluster Motion Products has a technology roadmap as its backbone. This roadmap – which is made together with the leading technology companies in Flanders – describes the dominating trends and technologies in this field of application. All projects are checked against the roadmap and financed under the program if OK. The research priorities validated by Flanders Make Board are funded following the cooperation agreement of the project signed with Flanders Make to share knowledge and test infrastructure of the involved core labs associated with Flanders Make. There are different R&D project types: Strategic Basic Research (SBO) and ICON, a cooperation model with industry, managed by VLAIO (innovation agency) and shared innovation labs.


Institution Type
Institution Name
Flanders Make
Type of funding
Public (national/regional/local)
Participating countries
Belgium (Region of Flanders)

Projects covered

No projects covered for this programme.

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