About us

Who are we?

UGent IOF Machineries & Factories (M&F) is an industrial research oriented platform at Ghent University and university college howest 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.  

About 125 researchers from different research groups are active within M&F. All of these researchers are doing research relevant for the manufacutring industry, working on the three key aspects of Industry 4.0.

  • smart motion products/systems 
  • smart production incl. flexible product assembly and supply logistics 
  • data & ICT for the manufacturing industry

Learn more about our Focus & Expertise

Read about our Showcase projects, IP, test infrastructure, services, ... 


The main goals of M&F are to:

  • stimulate and support researchers to interact and collaborate with the industry
  • identify and commercialise 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 relevant test infrastructure
  • realise spin-offs if the existing eco-system is not (yet) able to absorb the research results 

To help realise the above goals a business develop manager is assigned to this deparment.

Strategic partnerships 

We align our activities with the Flemish strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry Flanders Make.

Several 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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