Patrick Cosemans

Two Hong Kong students have succeeded in designing and creating a door handle that kills various bacteria thanks to a coating and UV light. This prevents germs from being spread via hands.

Pieter Beyl

Together with Bosch Rexroth, Willems Baling Equipment, the Dutch manufacturer of bale presses, bundling and packing machines, has designed a new baling press for packaging potting compost. An electro-hydraulic drive was used in this case, replacing the normal hydraulic version.

Olivier Malek

The second part in the seminar series organised by Sirris and Agoria concerning 'precision manufacturing' was held on 24 June. The theme was ‘manufacturing high quality products using hard materials and the associated challenges and problems’. The host for the day was Niko in Sint-Niklaas - best known for their electrical sockets and light switches - who provided a suitable setting with ample opportunity for networking.

Michèle Gasparini

The potential impact on health and the environment from manufactured nanoparticles has prompted the legislature to enact a Royal Decree concerning nanoparticles. The Royal Decree permits a national register for nanomaterials to be set up.

Markus Kaufmann

The annual convention of the European composites industry network, CFK Valley, was held on 16 and 17 June in the German town of Stade. This year's theme was 'Industry 4.0 for Composites'. CFK Valley Belgium, the Belgian antenna established by Sirris and Agoria was participating for the first time and found itself attracting quite a lot of attention.

Thomas Vandenhaute

The Danish non-profit organisation Sustainia has published its list of the top 100 sustainable solutions for 2015. The list focuses on positive climate impact and contains many other inspiring case studies. One of them is a Belgian invention, namely the Wakati tent.

Nick Boucart

On 15 June, Sirris ICT expert Nick Boucart participated in the Growth Hacking and Full Stack Marketing workshop by Casey Armstrong (fullstackmarketer.com) and Patrick Vlaskovits (Superpowered), hosted by Rockstart, an Amsterdam based accelerator. A personal review.

Olivier Malek

The annual congress of the European Society of Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (euspen) took place in Leuven between 1 and 5 June this year. As in previous years those attending the congress could count on a whole series of captivating presentations, complemented by a poster session covering a wide range of subjects including precision mechanics in (micro) biology and advanced machine metrology.

Michèle Gasparini

Sirris offers to centralise and monitor the evolution of regulations and standardisation in the rapidly developing field of nanomaterials and to support companies in the interpretation of these documents for their industrial purposes.

Nick Boucart

The European Startup Ecosystem will be in Brussels from 1 to 3 July at the Young Innovators Unconvention, an event covering technology, business and policy. This fourth edition in the series will be focussing on 'growth hacking' and 'scaling up' game-changers, being two of the essential elements for startups who want to develop successfully. You can look forward to lots of inspiring lectures from MIT, PayPal, Seedcamp, Blackbox and Nick Boucart from Sirris.