A competitiveness cluster unites enterprises and research and training units around an economically promising field.
The aim: to increase these enterprises’ innovation, production, and service capacities so as to raise their profiles on the European and world market.
Mechanical engineering encompasses a set of technology firms:
Mechanical engineering: a transverse field
Almost all fields of activity are concerned: from consumer products (cars, household appliances, etc.), to health, with machines and industrial processes in between.
The machines and processes of mechanical engineering and their components incorporate an increasingly varied range of scientific fields and cutting-edge technology. These growing interactions are leading to the “hybridization of mechanical engineering," which in turn allows for truly groundbreaking innovations.
The hybridization of technology makes networking a must for the various players in mechanical engineering. Universities and research centers are key players in these networks.
The clusters’ objective: fostering and facilitating such networking.
MecaTech Cluster projects revolve around four strategic orientations:
• materials and surfaces of the future,
• comprehensive forming technologies,
• microtechnologies and mechatronics, and
• intelligent maintenance.
The MecaTech Cluster got the Walloon Government’s stamp of approval in 2006. Its creation ties in with the Marshall Plan, a program designed to boost Wallonia’s economic recovery.
The hybridization of technology in video
Jacques Germay, General Manager of the MecaTech Cluster, on the growing importance of the hybridisation of technology and competitiveness clusters.