Kathleen Smolders

The cluster project ‘Innovatieve coatings’ has been launched this month. The aim of the cluster is to bring together the different coating sectors, so they can learn from each other's product and technologies to apply the knowledge and expertise of one sector in the other. The kick-off event will take place on 31 January, with Dirk Frimout as a guest speaker.

Joey Bosmans

Thanks to artificial weathering tests, coatings can be tested more quickly and efficiently for durability and improved. They allow the durability of coatings to be estimated in a shorter time than when tested outdoors. As a result, coatings can be improved faster and effectively.

Patrick Cosemans

With additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, the product is built up in layers. This is why the surface is very rough. Therefore polishing and coating are required. However, the erratic shape of complex products - mainly plastic or metal - normally demand that they are finished by hand, which is a labour-intensive process. Sirris wants to bring about change here with its new coating infrastructure.

Heidi Van den Rul

For five years now Sirris has been busy working with wet coatings and during this period has acquired a lot of knowledge and experience. The technology is of great interest to many companies, therefore it was essential to create an appropriate infrastructure. This is now ready and the festive opening is on 12 April!

Daan Dewulf

Recently developed glassy coatings for car components combine protection against corrosion and wear with the addition of colour.

Heidi Van den Rul

Kanigen Works specialises in the chemical nickel plating of technical products. The group has two factories: in Genk in Belgium and Haute-Savoie in France. The company already started with nickel plating in 1960 and was at the basis of the process in Europe. The recent economic crisis led Kanigen Works undertake to seek new opportunities and to expand their application field. Sirris ensures support.

Heidi Van den Rul

The fashion designer Lotte Martens has been making her own creations since 2007. Companies as well as private individuals have been turning to her colourful, whimsical and timeless prints. Lotte Martens uses special coatings that allow her to print on materials other than textiles, including tiles. Sirris has been providing her with support for this.

Heidi Van den Rul

The chances are pretty high that you’ve already had a product of APPE in your hands. The multinational annually produces some 17 billion PET packages for food, beverages, cosmetics and household products. Quality and efficiency are key to the injection moulding process. And to ensure these strengths, the company is doing research with Sirris into special coatings that prevent release problems in the injection moulds.

Heidi Van den Rul

Surtechno in Overpelt specialises in optimising and repairing injection moulds. So as to offer its customers faster lead times, the company is developing a series of smart coatings. Sirris furthermore provides the required R&D support.

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.