Thomas Vandenhaute

In a new series of blogposts we unravel the circular economy, connecting theory with practical examples and best practices.

Thomas Vandenhaute

COVID-19 next to the drought and water shortage are two of the most recent disruptive events that hit our society and economic reality. Concerning COVID-19, social distancing, sudden decreased demand and - for many companies - a lack of supplies had a large impact on manufacturing activities and income. For water intensive processes the pressure on water consumption increases. In this series of blogposts we unravel the circular economy, connecting theory with practical examples and best practices.

Thomas Vandenhaute

The fourth cycle of the Circular Economy Connect learning network starts this year. In addition to a supportive and encouraging network for companies taking their first steps in the circular economy, Sirris and Agoria are launching a network for companies that have already started down this road and want to get started with a circular business case. We look for solutions to specific challenges or frequently-recurring obstacles.

Thomas Vandenhaute

Veldeman Bedding in Opglabbeek, Limburg, is one of the major mattress and bed manufacturers in Europe. The company is working on a sustainable approach to its product and manufacturing processes and recently came out with their first circular collection.

Thomas Vandenhaute

An innovative circular model is not a standard R&D project: it requires a structured process approach that goes far beyond the product and requires quick tests and continuous adjustments from entrepreneurs. These are the main findings of the pilot project Expedition Circular, a collaboration between VITO, Agoria, Sirris and Start it @KBC.

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At the Advanced Engineering trade event that will take place on 22 and 23 May, Sirris will organise its own lecture programme, presenting four different presentations on different topics within our fields of expertise, under the title ‘Future-proved products are light, smart and micro, to be achieved with advanced engineering methods’.

Thomas Vandenhaute

In times of global competition, offering added value through your products is an important strategy to stand out among the crowd. This can be achieved in several ways and some options are just a perfect match for the circular economy concept: by extending the life cycle of products, by means of reuse, repairs ... companies can cash in on added value and deploy their resources to the maximum.

Thomas Vandenhaute

With its office furniture and office decoration Pami wants to make concrete moves towards a circular economy. Sirris and Agoria helped them put the pieces together for a step-by-step plan based on their own strengths. This definitely boosts the dynamics at the company.

Thomas Vandenhaute

How new are the new business models to reach a circular economy actually? A look to the past can also teach us some things, thanks to the 18th century engineer and inventor James Watt.

Thomas Vandenhaute

Policy-makers, companies, NGOs ... the whole of society agrees that we need to make material cycles circular, invest in life cycle extension, regeneration, sharing systems, etc. On the Day of Circular Economy it became clear once again that the industry plays an essential role. Interface is now accepting the challenge.