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To increase the competitiveness of Flemish logistics companies, VIL performs projects with and for companies. Depending on the type of project different funding rates are applicable.


PaaS (Product as a Service) Logistics

In order to achieve a true circular economy, our way of consuming has to change drastically: from a consumption economy to a use economy. VIL is starting the project ‘PaaS (Product as a Service) Logistics’ to research the logistic possibilities of a service oriented model.

status: Starting up | theme: Durability, Sustainability | type: Regional

AR-VR Training for Logistics

AR (Augmented Reality) & VR (Virtual Reality) are disruptive technologies that are transforming the way we communicate and cooperate with each other. VIL is starting a project that analyzes the possibilities of these technologies for logistic trainings.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional


Loading and unloading trucks is a time-consuming process that is mostly carried out manually. Truck drivers spend a significant amount of time every year waiting at warehouses to load and unload. For shippers these processes are seen as a necessary evil. VIL is working out the project ‘OptiCharge’ to see how automation can make loading and unloading more efficient.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

Healthcare hubs

Hospitals and health facilities have limited insight in logistic costs. Logistics is no core business for health institutions, but that doesn’t make it less important. The pressure on the budgets, strict regulations and changing medical needs of the patients make it necessary  to reorganize health logistics.  In the project ‘Zorghubs’ (Healthcare hubs) VIL is researching the possibilities of healthcare hubs, central spaces where logistic activities of multiple health care institutions are consolidated and optimized.

status: Running | theme: Durability, Sustainability | type: Regional


Log!Ville is the name of VIL’s future logistics demonstration centre in the Science Park in Niel (Antwerp). Log!Ville will be a landmark experience centre that focuses on logistics in its totality. The demonstration centre will be situated at the entry of the Science Park and will cover more that 2.500 m².

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: European

R!sult (Responsive Sustainable Urban Logistics)

Local authorities are trying to maintain the liveability in the city centres. Cities in Flanders are growing and traffic congestion is a continuously growing problem. The increasing number of deliveries can been seen as one of the causes. In the project ‘R!sult” VIL is researching an integrated solution for city deliveries.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization, Durability, Sustainability | type: Regional

Urban Waste Collection

Companies located in city centres generate high volumes of different kinds of waste. Local authorities are imposing more and more restrictions to company vehicles in cities. Urban waste collection is thereby becoming more and more difficult. To increase efficiency, investments in technology and material are necessary. But how do companies handle this and which investments are needed? The VIL project ‘Urban Waste Collection’ is looking for answers to these questions.

status: Running | theme: Sustainability | type: Regional

Construction hubs

The logistic costs in the construction industry are considerably high. It is also getting harder and harder to get deliveries to construction sites on time, due to increasing mobility problems. VIL, together with the research center of the construction industry (BBRI), is working out the project ‘Bouwhubs’ (which means ‘construction hubs’ in Dutch) to develop and test the concept of a construction hub.

status: Running | theme: Sustainability | type: Regional

ICT paradox

This project deals with the ICT paradox in Flanders. A highly developed ICT industry is present in our region. Yet a lot of companies experience difficulties in getting an overview of this fast evolving environment and in setting clear goals to make their digital transformation tangible and feasible. Moreover, the ICT industry is often not involved with digital transformation initiatives.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional


‘ORDinL’ is a scientific research project run by the KU Leuven, in cooperation with VUB and UHasselt. The goal of this project is to develop fundamental knowlegde on datadriven optimalisation in logistics and to apply this knowlegde in a new operational decision support methodology.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

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