Knowledge transfer is a process by which knowledge, ideas and experience move from the source of knowledge to the recipient of that knowledge. Knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing are used interchangeably.

Centexbel-VKC shares or transfers its knowledge and acquired expertise by several means.


Our technology consultants are your personal coaches throughout any project or trouble shooting operation, maintaining a close collaboration with your company at all times. To give you the best possible advice they rely on a solid team of researchers and lab assistants.

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Innovation is anything but business as usual. [Anonymous]


Centexbel-VKC assists companies in their search for new, original and successful niche products, the development of new products and/or applications of new technologies.

Sustainable Chemistry

Sustainable chemistry is a major concern for the textile and plastic converting industry. Therefore, Centexbel-VKC is an active member of Catalisti. As the new ‘Spearhead Cluster for Chemicals and Plastics’ of the government of Flanders, Catalisti aims to stimulate sustainable innovations in chemistry through intensive and cross-sector collaboration initiatives.

Factory of the future

The future of the Belgian and European textile manufacturing and plastic converting industry largely depends on its ability to guarantee top quality, to make small series affordable and profitable and to run large volumes in an efficient, rapid and sustainable way.

A Factory of the Future excels in how it handles energy and materials. Creative, involved workers use smart, sustainable production processes in state-of-the-art facilities.


Standards provide a reliable basis for people to share the same expectations about a product or service and help to
  • facilitate trade
  • provide a framework for achieving economies, efficiencies and interoperability
  • enhance consumer protection and confidence


Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.

IP is protected in law by, for example, patents, copyright and trademarks, which enable people to earn recognition or financial benefit from what they invent or create. By striking the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest, the IP system aims to foster an environment in which creativity and innovation can flourish.


Centexbel is a training centre recognized by the Flemish - kmo-portefeuille - # DV.O101549 and the Walloon Region - chèques d'entreprise - and organises various training sessions from rather general topics to highly specialized thematic seminars.

Legal notice

The training sessions Centexbel organises, such as the HORIZON EXPLORATIONS and the BREAKFAST SESSIONS are subject to the kmo-portefeuille and are given with indirect state funding. We are referring to the (EC) directive 1998/2006 of the Commission of 15 December 2006. This directive states that the total amount of the de-minimis support accorded to a single company may never exceed 200000 Euro over a period of three successive fiscal years. If this limit is exceeded, the total sum of the service shall be paid, without any claim to this indirect state funding.

Seminars, work groups, information sessions...

Knowledge, creativity and innovation are key issues to Centexbel. Therefore Centexbel organises seminars, work groups, information sessions, technical committees... often in collaboration with colleague centres of expertise to disseminate the most recent information on its research and services to its industrial partners, the textile industry.


In-company training

Centexbel organises in-company training on demand of the industry. By doing so, we can target the transfer of knowledge to the particular needs of your company.

VME training cycle

Professional training course for environmental coordinators, organised by Centexbel, Cobot, Febeltex, and FBT, the Belgian Federation of Textile Care.

This initiative answers to the need of actual and directly useful information in the rapidly changing field of environmental legislation. This very practical cycle directly oriented to the textile industry is therefore very successful for over a decade.

The cycle is in conformity with the mandatory in-service training of environmental coordinators on the basis of 30 hours a year. The participants receive a certificate at the end of the cycle.