About us

Who are we?

Machineries & Factories (M&F) is an industrial research platform grouping the activities of about 125 researchers from different research groups, including 25 professors. These professors are working within/leading a research group from two faculties at Ghent University and one at university college howest.  Their research activities adds value in smart motion products and smart production systems in an industry 4.0 environment driven by digitalisation and digital twin technology

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Our offer

We offer you to:

  • be your expert partner in your innovation projects
  • link you with other stakeholders that can help you with your innovation 
  • inspire you with recent results from our researchers and abroad 

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Our mission

Our mission is to

  • stimulate and support our researchers to interact and collaborate with the industry
  • identify, communicate and bring to the market tangible research results, where relevant patent protected,
  • set up multi-partner projects at a regional and European level e.g. in the H2020 framework
  • create and make available relevant test infrastructure
  • realise spin-offs if the existing eco-system is not (yet) able to absorb our research results 

Strategic partnerships 

We align our activities with the Flemish strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry Flanders MakeSeveral researchers are member of Flanders Make, others are a member of imec. 

Furthermore, we collaborate with other initiatives member of Ghent University's Industrial Liason Network, including:

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M&F is  an integral part of Ghent University, active at Ghent University and University college Howest.

M&F is partly funded by the Industrial Research Fund (IOF). The IOF provides a supporting framework for collaboration between the Ghent University Association and the industry. M&F is one of about 20 initiatives part of Ghent University's Industrial Liaison Network.   

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