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Imec's open innovation finds government support

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Imec Technology Forum? open innovation? innovation strategy?

Imec recently announced that it plans a 16-floor tower to its facilities to house about 500. Imec is running out of space and the tower was seen as the architecture option that addresses the issue. Imec and government representatives also made several statements that point to making the Imec tower a prominent landmark for Leuven.

"We are in the growing phase and we indeed need to expand infrastructure. We embarked on this expansion a couple of years ago," said Van den Hove, CEO, at the ground breaking. The mayor of Leuven, Louis Tobback, was also at hand to voice his support for the tower.

Imec building

Imec's new building will employ "sustainable construction" principles, including triple glazing, a hybrid cooling tower, pumps with high energy-efficiency, low-temperature heating, high-temperature cooling and rain water recuperation.

"This expansion of research facilities guarantees a further growth of the number of Imec co-workers with about 300 people over a period of five years including an increasing number of PhD students, residents from industry and payroll employees," said Ingrid Lieten, Flanders' deputy prime minister and minister for innovation, public investment, media and poverty reduction.

Public finance
The minister took the opportunity to announce greater financial support for Imec's expansion and its plans for a 450mm fab. "The extra support for Imec fits in the new budget where we create room to strengthen Flanders' focus on science and innovation," said Lieten. "In 2012, an additional science and innovation budget of ?60 million... In 2013, the additional budget will be increased with at least another ?70 million. And in 2014 this amount will again be increased by at least ?70 million. This means that from 2014 onwards there will be an annual structural increase in the R&D budget by at least ?200 million as compared to 2011."

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