Well-equiped, creative MAKE LAB for experiments and product development
With its semi-industrial pilot lines dedicated to the development of high-end products & efficient processes, Centexbel-VKC assists companies in the search of new, original and successful (niche) products and in the implementation of new technologies.
The sum of our platforms allows us to cover the entire production process of the textile and plastic converting industry: from compounding virgin or recycled polymers, over extruding to coating and finishing.
Thanks to the integration of the different platforms in the Centexbel-VKC organisation, a complete range of tests can be performed on your prototypes and test samples, and the test results can subsequently be submitted to our experts for further advice and fine-tuning.
Yarn engineering lab
A combination of laboratory and pilot-line equipment allows you and our researchers to convert polymers into any type of textile yarns: yarns, monofilaments, tapes and bicomponent yarns.
From granulate to product and back
A complete set-up of compounders, extruders, injection moulding machinery, followed by a complete testing lab is at the disposal of the plastic converting industry for prototyping purposes or for the production of small series.
Technical textiles for medical and high-duty performances
Our textile platform in Grâce-Hollogne is equiped with several knitting machines, a very sofisticated braiding machine and with a weaving loom for the production of 2D and 3D structures.
The 3D printing platform is an ideal environment to experiment with different additive manufacturing technologies enabling us to build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of polymer materials.
Coating and Surface Treatment
Adding performances and value to textiles
The scale of the semi-industrial and labscale surface modification, coating and lamination linesdifferent pilot lines is appropriate for experimenting, rapid prototyping and the production of samples with a limited material use.