FIT Partnerschapsovereenkomst SIM/Flam3D

SIM-Flanders / Flam3D Structural Partner of Flanders Investment and Trade

Big news: SIM-Flanders / Flam3D was officially appointed as a Structural Partner of Flanders Investment and Trade on 25 November. Of course, the official appointment is a huge opportunity to further put our 3D printing ecosystem on the international stage and to generate additional business. Kris Binon, director of Flam3D and SPOC for the collaboration: “At the same time, for Flam3D it is a recognition of our many years of commitment to the internationalization of the 3D printing ecosystem. We are really proud of this official partnership.”

Flam3D, as a division of SIM, will take on a leading role in the 5-year agreement given its role in stimulating international operations. The ambition of the partnership? To stimulate growth by accelerating the internationalization of Flanders’ economy together.

FIT and its 21-strong partner team go all out for more internationalization, growth and prosperity

Boosting the internationalization of Flanders, Belgium’s northern region, is not done in a vacuum. On the contrary! Under the motto “1+1=3”, Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) surrounds itself with a solid team of structural partners to support international entrepreneurship. The new partner team will join forces as of January 1, 2022. Both Flanders’ Minister-President Jan Jambon and FIT CEO Claire Tillekaerts were present at the signing of the partnership agreements, which took place in the Errera House in Brussels.

“Flanders Accelerates!” forms the backbone of the new partnerships. This is the official internationalization strategy for Flanders’ economy, which has been coordinated by FIT since 2016 and was updated earlier this year. From 2022 to 2026, FIT will further carry out the updated strategy alongside the new partner team. Together with FIT, the partners will launch numerous initiatives, such as seminars, economic missions, and events. They will also support a variety of initiatives to share knowledge and promote Flanders internationally as an innovative (tech) region across different sectors and expertise domains.

The partners include sector federations and clusters, but also bilateral chambers of commerce, entrepreneurial organizations, incubators and so on. Each of them focuses on essential themes for the internationalization of Flanders. Moreover, in terms of core business, they are in line with the strategic core domains of “Flanders Accelerates!” These are all top ecosystems in which Flanders could reach even higher levels internationally: life sciences & health, food, solution-driven engineering & technology, smart logistics, and sustainable resources, materials & chemistry. 

“With these 21 organizations as structural partners, Flanders Investment & Trade brings together an ambitious team for the next five years,” comments Flanders’ Minister-President Jan Jambon. “This way, various domains of knowledge and expertise come together with a crystal-clear, common goal in mind: to make Flanders’ economy and business world prosper internationally, adding to our economic growth, prosperity, resilience and job creation. There’s no doubt that internationalization is an essential pillar for the socio-economic resilience of our region. Indeed, both Flanders’ exports and foreign direct investments in the region have played a crucial role in the post-COVID relaunch over the past few months.”

Unfortunately: due to quarantine there is no photo with Flam3D at the signing ceremony.

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