AceForm4.0 Workshop: a Great Success

March 29th, 2018

On 8 March Flamac held a Workshop and Network Event on ‘The Implementation of Circular Economy and Industry4.0 Technologies in the Formulation Industry’. The aim of the workshop was to help positioning formulation for future EU Framework Programmes and generating new cross sector connections to initiate collaborative projects.

It has been a great opportunity to meet and brainstorm with people from different sectors, each of them dealing with their own formulation issues.

Over 20 external stakeholders from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany attended the workshop and provided lots of ideas and feedback on how support from Europe and National funding organisations can improve and accelerate the implementation of Circular Economy and Industry4.0 in the European Formulation Industry. The workshop was facilitated by the Flamac Marketing Team.

Another follow up workshop on AceForm4.0 topics is planned on 28 May in Barcelona
(more info to follow).

If you want to be updated on AceForm4.0, please visit the Project website.

You can also register for the European Formulation Interest Group (Free of charge) to have access to all project and workshop deliverables.

The Aceform4.0 team

Some snapshots of the workshop:

Upcoming Events 2018

January 8th, 2018

Flamac is travelling around the world to answer your queries and find solutions to your R&D problems.

Do catch up with us at the following upcoming events:

10-11 April 2018, Rome, Italy
organised by The European Networking Group

We will be present at the NPD & Innovation in the Chemical Industry summit at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Rome, Italy.

For more information, visit the ENG’s website.


23-24 May 2018, Antwerp, Belgium
Imec Technology Forum 2018
ITFBELGIUM 2018 organised by Imec

Do meet us at this global industry conference on Nano & Digital Technology. For more information, visit the ITFBELGIUM website.


Flamac wins Solvay prize

December 14th, 2017

Flamac won the Solvay Robotic and Lab Automation Hackathon challenge

Last November, Flamac took part in the 2nd Robots and Artificial Intelligence Makeathon. During one month, participants had been asked to brainstorm and develop solutions to tackle the biggest challenges in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence encountered by world-leading companies like P&G, Solvay, ABinBev or Puratos.

In collaboration with Manetco, the Flamac team started to work on a Solvay challenge: the development of a robot for automated lab experiments which also boasts monitoring capabilities.

After one month of brainstorming, concept designing, and intensive work, our team presented its project at the Makeathon Finals on 27 November 2017 at P&G in Brussels. We presented an innovative solution incorporating robotics, a smart camera and artificial intelligence which are able to operate, analyse and make decisions during a titration experiment. Thanks to the AI, the system is able to produce and monitor experiments in an autonomous way in order to generate data and learn by itself -making it more or less a chemical version of AlphaGo Zero.

Thanks to our efforts and the resulting solution, we were able to convince the jury who granted us the Robotic and Lab Automation Award.

Well done!


New article: Qualification of a precision pattern dispenser

July 10th, 2017

Flamac and SampleQ collaborated together on a project with the IRMM (Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements), which is one of the seven institutes of the Joint Research Centre, a Directorate-General of the European Commission. They have now published the results of their research in an article on the ScienceDirect website titled Qualification of a precision pattern dispenser.

In order to automate sample preparation processes, a precision pattern dispenser was designed to reproducibly dispense radioactive solutions at pre-defined positions. It is composed of an automatic liquid sample handling unit coupled to an XYZ table. Qualification tests were conducted to evaluate the performance of the instrument and to assess the compliance with the requirements, in particular trueness (< 2%) and repeatability (< 1%). The instrument allows preparing sources in different source holders and on air filters, in a fast and accurate way.

New article: High-Throughput Platform for Synthesis of Melamine-Formaldehyde Microcapsules

July 10th, 2017

Flamac and Ghent University are very proud to have published a new research article on the ACS Combinatorial Science website titled “High-Throughput Platform for Synthesis of Melamine-Formaldehyde Microcapsules in which they discuss their findings.” The findings explained in the article are part of the funded SIM INTERPOCO project (H-INT-S program).

The synthesis of microcapsules via in situ polymerization is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process, where many composition and process factors affect the microcapsule formation and its morphology. Herein, we report a novel combinatorial technique for the preparation of melamine-formaldehyde microcapsules, using a custom-made and automated high-throughput platform (HTP). After performing validation experiments for ensuring the accuracy and reproducibility of the novel platform, a design of experiment study was performed. The influence of different encapsulation parameters was investigated, such as the effect of the surfactant, surfactant type, surfactant concentration and core/shell ratio. As a result, this HTP-platform is suitable to be used for the synthesis of different types of microcapsules in an automated and controlled way, allowing the screening of different reaction parameters in a shorter time compared to the manual synthetic techniques.


AceForm4.0 – European Formulation Network Survey

February 27th, 2017

Within the context of AceForm4.0, a project funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program, and together with six other European partners, we at Flamac have been given the task to help define the European research agenda for the formulated products industries. A key part of this work relies on the identification of common technological challenges faced by the European formulation industries and all associated players along the whole value chain.

In order to map out a research plan your opinion and input on the future of formulation technology and methodology is extremely valuable. If you would like to take the chance to provide your views and suggestions, we invite you to participate in the online survey that will be conducted from February to May this year.


Some important facts about the survey:

  • Main Purpose: To identify the common technological challenges faced by the European Formulation Industry and its associated sectors along the whole value chain. These findings will serve as guidelines for the allocation of European public funding for research and development activities during the next 5-10 years.


  • Target audiences: industrial/commercial organisations producing formulated products/formulations as well all associated sectors along the value chain, these include: industrial/commercial organisations operating in close relationship to the formulation industries; the scientists and the research community as well as relevant Technology Platforms, Public Private Partnerships and Joint Undertakings.


  • The survey is divided into four sections:
    – The first two sections of the survey are dedicated to identifying the profile of the participant and the technical challenges and opportunities.
    – The third and fourth sections are exclusively dedicated to the identification of challenges and opportunities for the formulation industry in the context of the two mega trends Circular Economy and Industry 4.0, respectively.


  • Duration: The survey will be conducted during the first and second quarters of 2017.


  • What happens with the collected information? The findings from this survey will be analysed and translated into a common vision for sustainable formulated products and an implementation plan for 2025. One-to-one interviews and workshops will be carried out as part of the process to preparing this common vision.


  • When and how will the outcome of the survey be made available? The results will be made available to the public on a continuous basis during 2017 and 2018 through the AceForm4.0 project website.


Thank you very much for taking the time to help defining a meaningful research agenda for the European Formulated product industries!

Please feel free to forward this information to colleagues who you think might be interested in the project or in joining the EU-FIG.

Best regards,

The AceForm4.0 team

Flamac receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification

November 22nd, 2016

We are proud to announce that we have achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification.

ISO 9001:2015 is the standard granted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS) and monitors consistency in products and service to meet their exacting standards.

This positive decision made by external ISO auditors is a well-deserved confirmation of the high quality of our services and processes. At Flamac we are committed to fulfil the requirements and to maintain the effectiveness of our quality system.

Congratulations to the entire Flamac team who have been working towards this milestone for some time.

SBO Project SMART has been approved

November 10th, 2016

FLAMAC is excited to announce that its SBO project “SMART” has been approved by SIM & VLAIO. SMART stands for Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings.

SMART is a strategic basic research project within the long-term SIM MaRes programme on “Materials from Solid and Liquid Industrial Process Residues”. This project is a collaboration of FLAMAC, KU Leuven, VITO, UGent and other Flemish companies. It is a unique project in Flanders as it is fully dedicated to finding zero-waste solutions for tailings, i.e. the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction of an ore.

Now online: Flamac’s corporate presentation video

September 22nd, 2015

Hires-FlamacDSC_9300As requested by many, we have put our company presentation video online which was recorded during our 10th anniversary celebration on 1 June 2015, at de Bijloke in Ghent, Belgium.

If you really want to know what Flamac is about, what we have been up to and what we have in store for the future, we highly recommend watching this!

Past Events

August 19th, 2015

In case you’ve missed us:
do check out our Upcoming Events page.


8 MARCH 2018 – Zwijnaarde, Gent – BELGIUM 9 am – 1 pm


The workshop targets industrial and academic players interested in bringing formulation technologies to the next level. Different mechanisms will be leveraged to facilitate the take-up of the resulting topics in the next framework programme. Relevant national contacts and funding agency representatives will participate to support the process.

Key questions to be discussed at the workshop are:

  • What are the main research and innovation needs and how can product design be improved by collaboration of partners along value chains?
  • What is the impact of Digitalisation/Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy on the design, development and manufacturing of formulated products?
  • How can we better share know-how on formulation challenges and solutions between different sectors?

Why organise a workshop on formulation?
Formulation is a key process in the design of a wide range of products, consisting of carefully balanced mixtures of often incompatible ingredients. Despite the importance of this field and the high economic impact on industrial operations, application-oriented research and innovation in formulation technologies are usually not addressed in funding programmes, on both European and national levels.

That is why we are organising a workshop “Positioning of Formulation for future EU Framework Programmes” on 8 March 2018 in Ghent, Belgium. It will not only aim at the development of a clear and structured research and innovation agenda for the upcoming next EU Framework Programme (FP9), it will also give you the opportunity to brainstorm and participate in networking with colleagues in the field.

The workshop is one of a workshop series and will also be organised in the UK, Germany, Sweden and France. It is part of the AceForm4.0 Project, a Coordination Action funded by the EU Commission to provide guidelines on Innovation in EU-Formulation in the frame of Circular Economy and Industry4.0. Please visit for more information.

You can find the full programme here


Tech Lane – Materials Research Cluster
Technologiepark 935
9052 Zwijnaarde
Meeting room 1.16

Once on the Tech Lane site, follow the A2 signs. Please register at the reception desk.

You can also find the venue through Google maps




12 December 2017, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands
Meeting Materials 2017
Meeting Materials 2017 organised by M2i

The full programme you can find here.




23 November 2017, Terneuzen, The Netherlands
Biobased Business Development Dag

Grenzeloos Biobased Ondernemen, een Vlaams-Nederlandse Netwekdag organised by Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

Look out for us at the Biosbased Business Development Day. You can find the detailed programme here.

9-11 October 2017 Brussels, Belgium
EFIB 2017 – European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology
organised by EuropaBio

Flamac will help to represent Flanders at the EFIB 2017 Forum in Brussels this year. Do save the date in your diary to come and meet us!

More information on the forum can be found on the EFIB 2017 website.



3 October 2017 Barcelona, Spain
AceForm4.0 Workshop: Formulation scale-up in Industry4.0
at the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineers – WWCE10
organised by Asociación Nacional de Químicos de España

Formulation scale-up in Industry4.0

How Industry4.0 can accelerate and improve your formulation scale-up process.

Programme: Participants will be introduced to the main challenges of formulation scale-up in the chemical industry and discover case studies presented by academics and industrial experts. Next, an Industry4.0 expert will present and develop the potential solutions brought by digital technology to solve formulation scale-up challenges.

During the second part of the workshop, there will be time to exchange ideas and brainstorm in small groups with stakeholders from different formulation sectors (pharmaceuticals, paints, cosmetics, consumer products…). All the input of the participants is gathered by the organising team and could potentially be used to influence future European funded project calls on scale-up issues.

This workshop is part of a European networking project AceForm4.0. The project’s aim is to establish a European formulation community with strong internal connections and generate a common roadmap that could influence European calls for funding in the fields of Industry4.0 (or digitalisation) and circular economy during the next 15 years.
The workshops are one of the key actions in the project and a unique opportunity for participants to open their horizons to new R&D perspectives.

When & where: 3 October 2017 – from 4pm till 7pm – for more information you can go to the WCCE10 website



26-27 September 2017 Ghent, Belgium
COMMET 2017 – International Symposium on Accelerated Exploration of Novel Metal Systems
organised by OCAS & Flamac


6 June 2017 Antwerp, Belgium
User Forum 2017
organised by Strategic Initiative Materials (SIM)

Flamac has held a workshop on High-throughput experimentation in formulation: a step toward industry4.0. For more details, check out the description of the workshop

More information on the User Forum 2017 programme can be found on SIM’s website.

4-6 April 2017 London, UK
in-cosmetics Global
organised by in-cosmetics
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.

8-9 September 2015 in Bochum (Germany)
ProcessNet: High-throughput experimentation – a modular course
organised by Dechema
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


8 September 2015 in Edinburgh (UK)
Informulation 2015: Design Principles for Future Formulations
organised by Edinburgh Complex Fluids Partnership
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


17 September 2015 in Ghent (Belgium)
Research@Lunch: High-throughput testen van formulaties, ook iets voor jou?
organised by Innovatiecentrum Oost-Vlaanderen
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


29 November – 4 December 2015 in Boston (USA)
2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
organised by the Materials Research Society
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


4-7 July 2016 – Barcelona, Spain
Formula VIII Conference
organised by Formula VIII
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


17-20 July 2016 – Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
43rd CRS Annual Meeting & Exposition
organised by Controlled Release Society
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


2 September 2016 – London, UK
The Science of Hair Care: A Good Hair Day
organised by Formulation Group
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


19-20 October 2016 – London, UK
in-cosmetics: Formulation Summit
organised by in-cosmetics
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.


10 November 2016 – Affligem, Belgium
Laborama Academy: Lab Automation
organised by LABORAMA vzw
More information can be found on the organiser’s website.