Belgian Maker Award goes to family-owned Aluvision

Summary

This year’s Belgian Maker Award goes to Aluvision, a small business from Deinze that makes sustainable, modular aluminium components for event stands

Sustainable manufacturing

Aluvision, a family-owned company in Deinze, East Flanders, has won this year’s Belgian Maker Award, which honours companies in the manufacturing industry that excel in sustainability and innovation.

“Manufacturing companies that produce inside our country are crucial to our economy, prosperity and employment,” said Karel Van Eetvelt, director of Unizo, which sponsors the award together with logistics firm DHL Express. “We have to do everything to support both existing and start-up manufacturers.”

Aluvision introduced a new product and business model in the event and trade fair sector. Its modular, reusable components made of sustainable aluminium are used to create temporary stands, stages and other display systems, according to the customers’ needs. The company exports to more than 30 countries.

“Many manufacturing activities are outsourced to countries with cheaper labour,” said Danny Van Himste, CEO of DHL. “Aluvision is a nice example of how things can be turned around again: production in our own country for export abroad.”

Photo: Aluvison’s sharp exposition designs are found all over the world