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To increase the competitiveness of Flemish logistics companies, VIL carries out Collective Knowledge Development and Knowledge Transfer Projects (COOCK). ‘Collective’ means that the project is meant for a group of companies. 70 % of these projects is subsidized, 30 % is financed by the participating companies.

Furthermore VIL supports innovative company projects (research and development), multidisciplinary reasearch projects, strategic basic research and EU-projects (H2020).



In this project ‘Hydrolog’, VIL will research the opportunities of the use of hydrogen for internal means of transport. The development of a business model in which several companies will be supplied by a mutual mobile hydrogen filling station, VIL aims to facilitate the transition to cost-efficient use of hydrogen.

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

Smart Driver Pass

In the project ‘Smart Driver Pass’ VIL will design an app for access systems in the logistics sector. The goal is a uniform, remote and contactless system that provides drivers access to company sites in Flanders to load and unload their goods.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

Sharing Logistics

The standstill of assets in the logistic sector is very costly. The amount of assets and services that are not 100 % utilized during the entire day is endless. With the project ‘Sharing Logistics’, VIL is striving towards a more efficient occupancy rate of these logistic assets through building a web platform and by matching the supply to the demand.

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

Digital Gateway 2 Government

The project Digital Gateway 2 Government aims to design IT systems that contribute to more fluent digital communication between companies in the gateways involved in import and export processes , on one hand, and, the relevant government services on the other hand.

status: Running | theme: Digitalization | type: Regional

Trailer on Barge Shuttle

The VIL project ‘Trailer on Barge Shuttle’ aims to provide an innovative alternative in congestion sensitive areas in Flanders by shuttling empty and/or loaded trailers by barge over relatively short distances by means of a ro-ro (roll on – roll off) concept.

status: Running | theme: Sustainability | type: Regional

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: 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: 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, Flanders gateways, Omni-channel, Sustainability | type: European

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