Review of the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) In view of the revision of the CPR, the EC prepared the document "Refined indicative options for the review of the Construction Products Regulation", which includes a number of options for the potential revision of the CPR. The EC and member states have discussed this document before. The outcome of this discussion shows that several member states expressed their preference for keeping the current standardization system. On the other hand, the EC pointed out that "CEN refuses to comply with legal requirements, other options need to be explored". The European Commission is now inviting stakeholders to provide feedback on these different options for the review of the CPR by 30 August.
Posting of Belgian workers to France possible again France has eased the restrictions on employees of foreign companies required to provide services in France. This means that these workers are no longer bound by the entry restrictions which France has provisionally extended until 15 June.
Networked Factory Transformation: co-creation with external partners pays off In a new series of articles, we present the 7 essential areas of transformation that play a role in the 'Factory of the Future' process charted by Agoria and Sirris. We continue with the transformation of the Networked Factory where we focus specifically on Partnership-driven innovation.
Successful collaboration: Call for interdisciplinary corporate projects with students at KU Leuven Agoria has joined forces with the food industry to organise a new edition of the Interdisciplinary Assessment Project (IAP) focused on Factory of the Future, a topic of perennial interest, especially now the applied method is taking Europe by storm. The final-year students work with an IAP and provide custom-made consultancy services.
Namahn in the time of COVID-19 Even before the COVID-19 crisis hit Belgium in March 2020, Namahn has been using a flexible work structure basically since they opened their doors 32 years ago.
Connected and smart products: 10 key challenges We are surrounded by increasing numbers of smart connected products, and more and more technologies are becoming available on the market for creating smart IoT solutions. Many companies that manufacture physical products are now wondering whether and when they too should take the plunge. Is it hip or is it hype? Do these products represent a real trend or are they just gadgets? Not investing in them may prove to be a risky decision because it could mean missed business opportunities, but on the other hand, making bad investment decisions is equally problematic! What opportunities and pitfalls lie in wait? What are the key challenges? And how should they be tackled?
NRB and Computerland join forces Computerland and NRB, both Belgian ICT service providers, have decided to join forces. The objective: to expand their service offering to better meet the needs of their customers and the imperatives of digital transformation. The need for this transformation has undoubtedly been accelerated by the coronavirus crisis and will be a key element in the post-crisis economic recovery.
Agoria: “Belgium should be the fastest learner for the rollout of the recovery programme” Agoria wants Belgium to roll out the EU recovery programme quickly. "It is a good plan. Let's not get bogged down in discussions about which region or which country will be able to attract the last few million. Let us be the country that implements the plans the quickest. For example, the recovery fund is calling for the rapid construction of 5G networks, but we are nowhere yet. It is also time for Belgium to take up its mandate in the European Investment Bank at long last," says Bart Steukers, Context Director at Agoria.