Organisation

A bottom-up initiative

Flanders Metals Valley is a bottom-up initiative launched by people active in the metallurgical sector in Flanders. The organisation consists of a vast mix of companies active in the metals industry combined with universities and knowledge centres who, while being at the core of ground-breaking research for the future, also want to be relevant to the industry’s challenges of today.

These challenges are becoming more and more important as metals play a key role in today’s energy transition from fossil-based to zero-carbon! Metals are also highly suitable materials to be used for a circular economy as they can be used again and again without deterioration of their quality or durability. They are infinitely recyclable!

By acting as a network, Flanders Metals Valley and its members stand strong to tackle opportunities and become a point of attraction for the circular metals industry. By working as a group and communicating together, the closed loop of metals becomes more efficient and we can jointly develop solutions within our network for particular material streams that would otherwise leave the region and Europe. Joint research efforts originate from joint interests, which are tackled in our 3 working groups: Innovation, Communication and Education.

Driven by the industry

The focus of Flanders Metals Valley lies on the complete circular chain of metals with all parties involved, going from metal producing companies to metal processing companies, the manufacturers of products and the companies active in collecting, recycling and remanufacturing scrap who make sure these metals are once again used and are kept in the circle.

Flanders Metals Valley focuses on very concrete topics and concerns in the evolution towards its goal of a climate-neutral circular industry. It is the role of the industrial partners to deliver these topics and evaluate the relevance of proposed actions.

Actions and initiatives taken must be concrete and bring tangible results. Most actions will be carried out directly by Flanders Metals Valley members.

Some issues may already be tackled in large consortia or research programs. Flanders Metals Valley will not be the vehicle for this type of subsidized projects, but our organisation can be a door for its members to get to know and join existing programs. Topics raised in Flanders Metals Valley may be the motivation to start a joint research project. We will not be funding this project but will direct the members towards existing funding mechanisms and can actively participate to a project to assure the the dissemination of the knowledge.

Our Members

Flanders Metals Valley is growing day by day and further filling in the gaps in the circular metals chain. Have a look at our active members here under. Each member has a company page with which can be accessed by clicking on their logo.

Affilips

Affilips is one of the leading producers of master alloys in the world, together with its sister company KBM in the Netherlands. In Tienen more than 500 different alloys are produced, based on all available metals. Affilips’ customers use these master alloys in the manufacturing of a wide range of highly specialized metal products, including special steels, catalysts, superalloys, nuclear reactors and other demanding applications.

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Alfred H Knight

Alfred H Knight is a totally independent, family-owned business spanning five generations. We enable global trade by providing independent inspection, analysis and consultancy services to the metals, minerals, solid fuels and agricultural industries.

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Aluminium Duffel

Aluminium Duffel is a European leader in the manufacture and sale of aluminium rolled products for diverse industries worldwide. It features state-of-the art technology, including the widest Automotive cold rolling…

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Aperam

By selecting Aperam as your supplier, you make the choice of innovative and high-performance solutions and local technical assistance to support you in your projects. Our stainless steel products are not only 100% recyclable, they also reflect our position as a fair and sustainable company with best-in-class CO2 footprint within our sector.

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ArcelorMittal

Our ArcelorMittal sites in Belgium (Gent, Liège, Genk en Geel) belong to the ArcelorMittal group. Together we make innovative and sustainable steel products suitable for a wide range of applications. With the vast experience and extended knowledge of our 5.800 employees, we not only make the difference towards our customers but also contribute to a better society. That is our mission.

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Aurubis Beerse

Aurubis is a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. Our metals are the basis for global megatrends: from electric vehicles to renewable energy. Our commitment to sustainability, innovation and responsible business practices is unwavering. We benefit from cutting-edge technology and know-how to produce high-quality copper and other metals to meet the ever-growing demand for these essential materials. Aurubis enables tomorrow!

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Aurubis Olen

Aurubis is a leading global provider of non-ferrous metals and one of the largest copper recyclers worldwide. Our metals are the basis for global megatrends: from electric vehicles to renewable energy. Our commitment to sustainability, innovation and responsible business practices is unwavering. We benefit from cutting-edge technology and know-how to produce high-quality copper and other metals to meet the ever-growing demand for these essential materials. Aurubis enables tomorrow!

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Bekaert

As a global market and technology leader in material science of steel wire transformation and coating technologies, Bekaert also applies its expertise beyond steel to create new solutions with innovative materials and services.

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Bruker Belgium NV – Division AXS

Bruker is driven by a single idea: to provide the best technological solution for each analytical task. Bruker systems cover a broad spectrum of applications in all fields of research and development and are used in industrial production processes for the purpose of ensuring quality and process reliability. Bruker continues to develop state-of-the-art technologies and innovative solutions for today’s analytical questions. Bruker AXS innovative solutions enable a wide range of customers in research and industry – including chemistry, petrochemistry, pharmaceuticals, metals and steel, semiconductor, cement, minerals and mining, automotive, forensics, recycling, environmental, art and conservation, nanotechnology and life sciences – to make technological advancements and accelerate their progress. For chemical analysis using X-ray Structural and Elemental Analysis, we offer instrumentation suited all the way from the research laboratory to the production floor to the exploration field!

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Calysta

CALYSTA positions itself as a key player in IP, with some of the most experienced and passionate professionals, all eager to exceed your expectations. Our attorneys not only manage the defense and protection of your intellectual property assets extremely well, they also pride themselves on thoroughly understanding the operations and strategy of your company. Doing so, they ensure to tailor their services to your actual needs. Our experts are our true ambassadors, with different profiles and complementary competencies.

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Campine

At Campine we recycle industrial waste streams to produce new raw materials. We dismantle lead-based car batteries and recover metals. We are also a leading producer of antimony trioxide and flame retardant masterbatches. Our sustainable waste processing helps reduce the waste mountain and makes us a prominent player in the circular economy.

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Celior

Celior specialises in the implementation of continuous improvement programmes tailored to the specific needs of companies in the manufacturing industry. Our team of experienced consultants takes a result-orientated approach to the implementation of the lean manufacturing process improvement methodology. Celior paves the way for operational excellence, one process at a time. We provide training, advice and implementation services.

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CRM Group

Innovation, Industrial solutions and a Vision for the future are the watchwords of the 270 employees of the Centre for Metallurgical Research spread over 11 sites. Since 1948, the CRM Group has been supporting its customers from the creation of ideas to the implementation of innovative solutions by responding to their industrial challenges, whether economic, societal or environmental. In addition to its historical steel mission, CRM Group has added missions on current challenges, divided into 5 platforms: circular economy; energy transition; digitalization; advanced manufacturing; construction. These platforms are aimed at multi-sectoral applications such as defense, chemistry, aeronautics, energy and the environment. With the collaboration of its members and partners – large companies and SMEs – the CRM Group is committed to contributing to a better future.

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DNCS

Our multifunctional installations offer you the chance to throw multiple strikes with one pitch: digital monitoring of buildings, zones and people, as well as time recording, face recognition, reliable analyses and process optimisation. This is how DNCS helps you to get your company’s efficient operation on point and achieve higher returns. DNCS strives for a very personal and project-driven long-term relationship with its clients, with the utmost respect for your investments.

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FINOCAS

FINOCAS is a joint venture between the Flemish Region and ArcelorMittal Belgium that focuses on society’s needs: energy, durability and environment. OCAS and Endures are the research centres of FINOCAS, together with BIL Industry, a joint venture between FINOCAS and Belgian Welding Institute, while FININDUS is its investment company.

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Ghent University

Ghent University is a pluralistic university open to all, regardless of ideological, political, cultural or social background. Our credo is ‘Dare to Think’. Ghent University was founded in 1817. We are a top 100 university (ranked 71th in the Shanghai and 96th in the Times ranking) with more than 50,000 students and 15,000 staff members. Our 11 faculties offer more than 200 courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains. Several of our research groups, centres and institutes are renowned worldwide. Key areas of metals R&D are durable materials and rational material usage, energy transition and electrification, and digitization.

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Global Sea Mineral Resources NV – GSR

Polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean contain more nickel, cobalt, manganese and molybdenum than all land-based reserves combined. Several EU countries hold exploration contracts in the Pacific Ocean, which could be developed for the benefit for Europe. The International Seabed Authority is in the final stretch to adopt a regulatory framework to allow exploitation of these nodules. GSR is committed to responsible extraction and believes in the potential of these nodules for the energy transition.

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imo-imomec

Imo-imomec brings together chemists, physicists and engineers to conduct multidisciplinary materials research. This with a focus on advanced material systems for a sustainable and healthy society. Our core domains: energy conversion, energy storage, sustainable materials, sensors & healthcare materials, and quantum technologies.

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InsPyro

InsPyro is a consultancy company in the field of metallurgical processes, aimed at technical improvement of existing processes, as well as conception of new processes for sustainable production and recycling. Established in 2009, the company has a broad experience in both short and long term B2B projects, as well as in the development of software products. InsPyro’s role is often bridging the practical needs of production companies and scientific methods and discoveries.

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JEMA

JEMA has evolved from transformers to high performance DC power systems. JEMA designs, develops and manufactures high performance power supplies for particle science, metallurgy, industry, infrastructure equipment, electrical network,… JEMA has acquired during the last 40 years an exclusive knowledge of DC power supplies and subsidiary power applications. The competences of JEMA range from 1 kW to 3 MW and more, going from low to high voltage, low to high current, precision and long term stability down to some ppm, with high efficiency.

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KU Leuven

KU Leuven is an international community where innovative research forms the basis of all our academic programmes. Across the university, driven researchers and curious students continually gain new insights and use their knowledge to tackle the foremost challenges of our time.

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Lamifil

Driven by quality and innovation, Lamifil has become a reputed global manufacturer of innovative cable and wire products in copper, aluminium and copper and aluminium alloys. We offer a comprehensive range, designed to improve efficiency and add value for our clients. Lamifil advises on the best match for your needs, and where appropriate, even design new products. By controlling the production process from wire rod casting to finished product, we can assure our clients of widest range, reliability and quality. Lamifil’s headquarters and production plant are located in Hemiksem, Belgium.

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Lybover

Lybover is a family-owned business group that distinguishes itself by its one stop shop approach for complex projects, with a broad team of mutually attuned experts. Active since 1985, the group now has more than 200 employees and more than 5.000 projects in its portfolio with an annual sales volume of 70 million euros. The group is internationally renowned for its knowledge and experience in the field of dust extraction (AIR), bulk handling (BULK), fire protection (FIRE), the production of steel and stainless steel components (METAL), sorting installations and separation machines (RECYCLING) and industrial assemblies (INSTALLATION). Close cooperation between all these areas of expertise within the group, combined with exclusive cooperation with 15 international technology partners, creates a unique symbiosis between technology and project management.

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Nippon Gases

Nippon Gases – part of Nippon Sanso Holdings Corporation – is present in more than 13 countries, counting with a solid combination of onsite/ piping, merchant and package lines of business across key industrial zones.

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Nyrstar

With a rich history of over 150 years as a leading manufacturer of zinc, lead and other metals, Nyrstar is committed to sourcing, mining and processing metals and other products in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.

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ProOpt

ProOpt International is technology company providing software solutions for process optimization. Our flagship tools, ProOpt Advisor and ProOpt Material Management, are revolutionary tools improving operational performance.

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PSI Metals

SCM, APS and MES together. PSImetals software solutions enable metal producers to ensure their competitive edge by delivering products as agreed in quantity, quality and time whilst considering inventory, productivity…

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Resourcefull

At ResourceFull we transform metallurgical and mining by-products into minerals suitable for the production of the next generation of concrete. We offer a cement alternative based on the use of secondary resources, eliminating the dependency of primary raw materials and offering a far more ecological alternative to the construction industry. 

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Rezinal

Rezinal is the architect of zinc recycling; it transforms zinc sheets and crude zinc skimmings from hot-dip galvanisers info high-quality secondary zinc. Rezinal has its industrial operations in Zolder, Belgium and serves a global worldwide customer base. It focusses on applications where expertise in zinc materials metallurgy make a difference, as such serving the brass manufacturers and hot-dip galvanising industry, as well as zinc oxide and zinc dust producers. Today, with an infinite capacity, Rezinal is Europe’s largest secondary zinc producer and one of the leading producers in the world.

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Sibelco

Founded in 1872, we have grown into a multinational business with operations in 31 countries and an extensive multi-mineral portfolio. We work across a broad range of industries, anticipating and meeting our customers’ changing needs with innovative solutions that combine high-specification materials and dedicated technical support.

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Sim2 Ku Leuven

SIM² KU Leuven is the new KU Leuven Institute on Sustainable Metals and Minerals, one of the 4 flagship KU Leuven Institutes. SIM² mission is to develop, organise and implement problem-driven, science-deep research and future-oriented education, contributing to the environmentally friendly production and recycling of metals, minerals and engineered materials, supporting the transition to a climate-friendly, circular-economy.

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Sweco Belgium

Sweco is Europe’s leading engineering and architecture company with a broad multidisciplinary offer. We plan and design the sustainable industrial plants, communities and cities of the future. Together with our clients and the collective knowledge of our 20,000 engineers, architects and other experts, we co-create solutions to make our industrial plants and societies more sustainable.

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Umicore

Umicore is a global player in materials technology. A solid international group, but every inch a Belgian company, with four sites across the country. We develop technologies and produce materials for high-grade solar cells, rechargeable batteries, LED applications and catalytic converters. We recycle precious metals from laptops, mobile phones and more.

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UMons – Metallurgy Department

The University of Mons (UMONS) offers a wide variety of courses in an enriching environment, as well as close teacher-student relationships. It is open to internationalisation. Its research excellence contributes to the socio-economic development of the entire region. The Metallurgy Department is interested in everything concerning metal alloys, from production to recycling, including surface treatment and characterization. The lab has a strong expertise in “failure analysis” and has a laboratory that allows it to carry out expert assessments in this field to provide information on the origin of failures and to propose solutions. The team is also open to collaborative projects and short-term research on all aspects of metallurgy.

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Universiteit Antwerpen

Lekker chill vanop de achterste rij in de aula anoniem opgaan in de massa? Nee toch!? Bij UAntwerpen ben je meer dan het nummer op je studentenkaart. We hebben oog en…

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Veolia

Veolia group aims to be the benchmark company for ecological transformation. In 2022, with nearly 220,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides game-changing solutions that are both useful and practical for water, waste…

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VITO

VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of cleantech and sustainable development. Our goal? To accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel

For more than 50 years, we have been committed to providing solutions to the challenges of tomorrow. How do we achieve this? Through high-quality research, customised education and a strong social drive. We anchor ourselves in Brussels and Europe and work according to the principles of the Enlightenment: critical thinking, free enquiry, and humanism.

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