Voka - Chamber of Commerce East-Flanders (Belgium)

Voka, Flanders' Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is the most representative employers' organization in Flanders. It represents over 18.000 companies in Flanders and Brussels.

Thematic competences and experiences

Voka supports the regional economy by bringing new technology to SMEs, sharing knowledge and experience in awareness sessions around smart specialisation and Key Enabling Technologies, such as photonics, nanotech, biotech, new materials. Voka's "Industry 4.0 on Tour" included 20 visits to knowledge and technology centres and HEI, with R&D Managers/CEOs of SMEs and large companies. Voka is also responsible for the website, communication push and dissemination in the project INCASE.

Benefit for the organisation from participating in the project

Voka wants to have an impact on further computerisation of the industry in Belgium, enabling small production series and interconnected factories. Flanders is actively pursuing a new industrial economy with emphasis on a high-tech innovative economy and on strengthening the manufacturing industries. It is, however, very difficult to mobilize all companies, especially SMEs, to take in-depth actions to start this transformation, which Voka wants to provide through this project.

Main role

Voka will be lead partner of WP2 Communication, and will actively be involved in WP3 New Business Models and Strategy Development and WP5 Detection of skills, training and education. Voka will also follow the activities in WP4 Better use of technology and perform the necessary tasks under WP1 Project Management.

 

Website: www.voka.be

E-mail: els.delaere@voka.be 

Phone: +32 9 266 14 57

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