Hinterland Connection

Our sea and airports create employment opportunities, added value and welfare, but their potential to grow and develop, strongly depends on Flanders’ capability to solve its mobility problems. Major infrastructure projects and the continuously rising demand for transport pose additional challenges for the next decade.
Data sharing, collaboration within and across logistics chains, autonomous vehicles and vessels, innovative transfer techniques and hyperloops will contribute to maximum efficiency and optimal use of capacity.

PILL: Physical Internet Living Lab

The cSBO project PILL, executed by VIL imec and MOBI VUB, aims to make logistical processes more efficient, reliable, flexible and sustainable, using the Physical Internet. The project will build a prototype of the IT system which will allow the ports to be a part of the Physical Internet.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation, Hinterland Connection | type: Regional


The European Union funds a lot of research in the field of transport and logistics to support competitiveness and address climate change. The BOOSTLOG project, of which VIL is a partner, aims to systematically collect the results of these projects and to boost their impact.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation, Green Supply Chains, Hinterland Connection, Last mile | type: European

DISpATch (Digital Twin for Synchromodal Transport)

In this project VUB, VIL, UHasselt and KULeuven focus on synchromodality to absorb the growth of goods transport. A platform will be developed that creates a test environment using a digital twin component, to simulate synchromodal transport in a risk-free environment.

status: Running | theme: Hinterland Connection | 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: Closed | theme: Hinterland Connection | 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 […]

status: Closed | theme: Hinterland Connection | 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 than 2.500 m².

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation, Green Supply Chains, Hinterland Connection | type: European

VIL stands for a strong logistical Flanders

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