Get exclusive access to the CR³ symposium & meet global industry leaders

  • 08 June 2023 (08h00 - 12h30)
  • Thermotechnical Institute
    Kasteelpark Arenberg 41 - 3001 Leuven

On Thursday 08 June 2023, from 08h00 to 12h30, the KU Leuven will host the CR³ symposium.

Flanders Metals Valley has the opportunity to offer free access to 40 of its members for this exclusive event. Participants will be able to network with global leaders as CR³ members include automotive, aerospace and electronic manufacturers from all over the works as well as environmental and energy leaders.

This gathering only takes place once every 3 years at the KU Leuven, during which information is shared via interesting pitches and cooperations are being made and reinforced between participants. 

CR³ stands for “Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling”. It is a multi-university, member-driven collaborative in which 3 of the world’s leading universities in materials engineering (Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Colorado School of Mines & KU Leuven) have taken the lead. Their goal is to ensure that CR³ and its members are making a difference globally!

Next to the 3 universities, other CR³ members are international renowned companies as for example Aurubis, General Motors, Boliden, the US Army Research Laboratory, Umicore, Campine, Glencore, Global Mineral Recovery, SMS-Group, East Penn Manufacturing, Gopher Resource, Heritage Environmental Services, … more information about CR³ can be found via: https://wp.wpi.edu/cr3/about/members/

The topic of this symposium is “Transition to more sustainable processes – Innovation and Challenges” and pitches will be given by Aperam, Wienenberger AG, ArcelorMittal, SMS Group, Glencore, Flanders Metals Valley and Imerys. The planning of this event can be found here under.

Flanders Metals Valley is looking forward to welcoming 40 of our members to this event!

Participation for members is free, breakfast and lunch are included and companies can sign up on first come first served base by filling out the registration form here under.

We are looking forward to receiving your registrations and we will send you a confirmation of your spot via e-mail. In case of a no-show a fee of €50 will be charged if not cancelled before 02/06/2023.


08h00 – 08h25

Registration and Breakfast

08h25 – 08h30

Welcome and Opening Comments by Bart Blanpain & Yiannis Pontikes

08h30 – 09h00

EndLess with StainLess, Bernard Hallemans, Chief Technical & Sustainability Officer, Aperam

09h00 - 09h30

Sustainable transformation of the ceramic industry, Johan van der Biest, COO, Wienerberger AG

09h30 - 10h00

Pathways to sustainable steelmaking, ArcelorMittal's view, Eric De Coninck, Group CTO project manager, ArcelorMittal

10h00 - 10h30

The metallurgical thermodynamics of processes and systems enabling the green economy, Markus Reuter, Chief Expert, SMS Group GmbH

10h30 - 10h45


10h45 - 11h15

Flanders Metals Valley, an excellent example of industrial symbiosis, Kristof Nelis, Coordinator, Flanders Metal Valley

11h15 - 11h45

Comparison of Theoretical Calculations with Operational Results when Treating Electronic Waste Using ISASMELT™ Technology, Benjamin Hogg, Senior Metallurgist Glencore

11h45 - 12h15

Sustainability driven Innovation in Minerals and Materials, Chris Parr, VP Science & Technology, Imerys : Refractories, Abrasives and Construction

12h15 - 12h30

Closing comments followed by the lunch