Made Different Digital Wallonia

Phase: Anticipation
  • response to COVID-19
  • Support for digitalisation
  • Transition to a climate-neutral economy
  • Advice
  • Fostering innovation
  • Training
Zuletzt geändert: 03 August, 2021
Ursprünglicher Name:

Made Different Digital Wallonia

Englischer Name:

Made Different Digital Wallonia


The programme is aiming at manufacturing companies based in Wallonia, Belgium.

Main characteristics

The programme has three main strands:

  • raising awareness about digitalisation among companies
  • providing diagnostic tools to companies to gauge their level of digitalisation
  • supporting adoption of industry 4.0 technologies to improve or set up intelligent processes, smart products, intelligent business models, human resources and business networks.

The funded business transformations should fit in the following categories:

  • World Class Manufacturing Technologies - to upgrade the machinery
  • End-to-End Engineering - looking at all the production process phases such as production, sale, technical maintenance and recycling. The crucial aspect of this approach is the implementation of virtual twins models and process simulations  
  • Digital factory - implementation of Internet of Things solutions
  • Human Centred Production - professional development and training on industry 4.0 for workers
  • Networked Factory - more digital links and tools to improve the value chain with suppliers and clients
  • Eco-Production- support for the development of a sustainable production system which addresses all the product life cycle phases and also into the re-use of materials. Improvement measures for energy efficiency are also included
  • Smart Factory - innovative added-value projects.

To achieve the programme's goals Made Different Digital Wallonia offers  a wide range of support instruments: 

  • 360° diagnosis of the industry of the future. A freely accessible online tool that provides useful information about smart products and production strategies for members of the network
  • In-depth individual diagnosis of future manufacturing projects
  • Training
  • Consultancy for available financial aid programmes
  • Awards (such as the Factory of the Future Awards)
  • Networking events

The programme is available until 29 December 2021.

The Made Different Digital Wallonia programme has built a network of partners made of competitiveness clusters, sectoral federations and research centres. These clusters collaborate to offer a coherent and effective program to the companies who adhere to the programme.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Digital Wallonia invited companies in its network to share products services or knowledge which could help in the fight against the disease. Interested companies can make contact with Digital Wallonia via an online form.


  • National funds

Involved actors

National government
Agence du Numérique (AdN)
Regional/local government
Service Public de Wallonie Économie, Emploi, Recherche
Public employment services
No information available
Employer or employee organisations
Union Wallonne des Entreprises (UWE)
Clusters: Agora Wallonie, Bureau Economique de la Province de Namur (BEP), Biowin, Confederation Construction Wallonnie (CCW), Diner, Centexbel, Centre d'Excellence en Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (CETIC), Cluster TWIST, Centre scientifique et technique de la construction (CSTC), Entreprendre.wapi, Fedustria, Fevia, GreenWin, Intercommunale de développement économique du Luxembourg (IDELUX), Intercommunale pour la Gestion et la Réalisation d'Etudes Techniques et Economiques (IGRETEC), Intercommunale Brabant Wallon (InBW), INFOPOLE Cluster TIC, Innovatech, La Maison de L'Entreprise (LME), Logistics in Wallonia, Multitel, Plastiwin, Mecatech Cluster, Sirris, Skywin Wallonia, Société Régionale d'Investissement de Wallonie (SRIW), Technifutur, Technocampus, Technofutur TIC, Wagralim, Wirtschafts- und Regionalförderung (WFG),


As of April 2020, the Digital Wallonia platform has a network of about 2,000 'industry 4.0' companies and nearly 1,000 e-commerce companies.

More concrete, together with its 36 partners the project realised:

  • 4 Factories of The Future
  • 13 Ambassadeurs Made Different Digital Wallonia
  • 3 Industry 4.0 demonstrators
  • 11 advanced digital technologies for Industry 4.0 in Wallonia
  • 4 areas of specialization
  • 1,102 different manufacturing companies aware of Industry 4.0
  • 184 different manufacturing companies diagnosed in Industry 4.0. Labelling as a DIHE (European Digital Innovation Hub). A brand with an international presence, notably at the Hanover Messe and Global Industry
  • An ecosystem of 239 Walloon players offering solutions to move to Industry 4.0


The company has an extensive network in Wallonia of 36 partners and is currently investing in an international network and contacts as well. Is now collaborating with Awex, Infopôle and MecaTech on the organisation and/or support for international digital missions.



The programme is available exclusively in Wallonia, not the other regions.


'Made different Digital Wallonia' has awarded and acknowledged several companies as innovative leaders and ambassadors. In 2019, the Factories of the Future recognitions went to Lescav, Menuiserie Riche, Schmitz Digital Printing, Belgium Coating, Dumoulin, Design Stone. In 2018, the selected companies were Prayon, Stabilame, Mobic, Burnsen, Atelier de l’Avenir, Lasea and Emac. The title of Ambassador is awarded for 2 years.
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