Flanders’ Drive is a Flemish non-profit organization and associated labs of the Flemish universities are Catholic University Leuven, Free University of Brussels, University of Antwerp, University of Gent and University of Hasselt. Urbain Vandeurzen is Chairman of the organisation. Mission supports the Flemish manufacturing industry to increase its international competitive strength and aim to keep companies in Flanders and attract foreign businesses. Management committee of organisation is of Dirk Torfs, CEO and four departments Sales & Marketing, finance, PR & Communication and Human resources & business processing. All the operations are governed by two major management principles: an unequivocal and transparent division of competences and responsibilities and a balanced set of processes for giving account on them.
Flanders Drive aim to have one purpose to their research that is strengthening the product and process innovation within Flemish manufacturing companies. That way this industry is better armed and able to cope today with the challenges of tomorrow. They conduct technological research in the field of mechatronics, product development methods and production technologies. First phase involves research leading to actual applications in machines, vehicles and high-tech production systems for the participating companies. In a second phase, research results will be shared with the rest of the industry.
Technology domains of Flanders make are power electronics and energy storage, mechatronics & design methods, Manufacturing processes and human-centered systems engineering. Mission support both SMEs and large manufacturing companies with industry-driven, pre-competitive and excellent research in the field of mechatronics, methods for developing products and technology for manufacturing them. In this regard, product, process and knowledge development are inextricably linked to one another.
Research covers the following: clean energy-effiecient motion systems, smart monitoring systems, high-performance autonomous mechatronic systems, intelligent product design methods, design and manufacture of smart and light weight structures, addictive manufacturing for serial production, Manufacturing of high precision products, agile and human-centered production and robotics systems. Flanders Make attributes to a great importance to international cooperation in the field of innovation and also in participation of European research projects. It is estimated that by 2018, more than 300 researchers work full-time at Flanders Make as a unique research community on a joint industrial research agenda.