Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)

Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.

Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.


Onderzoekscentrum Voor Aanwending Van Staal NV (Belgium)

OCAS (OnderzoeksCentrum voor de Aanwending van Staal) is an advanced, market-oriented research centre providing steel and metal-based products, services and solutions, to metal processing companies worldwide.

OCAS anticipates its customer’s needs by developing alloys and coatings, by producing and testing samples and co-develop steel applications.  OCAS is equipped with state-of-the-art R&D tools and facilities in its laboratories in Zelzate and Zwijnaarde (Belgium). The research centre valorizes know-how by product and solution development. OCAS has a highly qualified team of over 140 researchers and engineers with an international orientation.


Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Forderung Der Angewandten Forschung EV (Germany)

The Fraunhofer IWM is a research and development partner for industry and public contracting bodies concerning the topics of component and systems reliability, safety, durability and functionality. The Fraunhofer IWM’s »mechanics of materials« approach is used to identify weaknesses and defects in materials and components, determine their causes and develop solutions that lead to the safer use of components as well as the development of functional materials and resource efficient manufacturing processes.


DAF Trucks NV (Netherlands)

DAF Trucks N.V. is a technology company and the premier commercial vehicle manufacturer in Europe. DAF is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PACCAR Inc, the worldwide quality leader in the design and manufacture of premium light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines and provides financial services and information technology and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.

DAF manufactures its industry-leading trucks in world class facilities in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Westerlo (Belgium), Leyland (the United Kingdom) and Ponta Grossa (Brasil). DAF’s engine factory, component plant, press shop and final assembly line for CF and XF models are located in Eindhoven. Axles and cabins are produced in Westerlo. Leyland Trucks (a PACCAR company) produces the company’s LF series of light and medium duty trucks, as well as CF and XF vehicles. DAF products are sold and serviced by a network of over one thousand independent dealer locations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. 

DAF offers a complete range of trucks from 7.5 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight up to 50 tonnes Gross Combination Weight and above. All DAF products are of superior quality and developed for a great variety of transport applications. By continuously listening to the customer, DAF has developed an exciting range of modern products, focused on providing the lowest operating cost per kilometre in the industry, excellent transport efficiency and maximum comfort for the driver.


CNH Industrial Belgium (Belgium)

C​NH Industrial is a global leader in capital goods that implements design, manufacturing, distribution, commercial and financial activities in international markets. Through its various businesses CNH designs, produces, and sells agricultural equipment and construction equipment (Case and New Holland brand families), trucks, commercial vehicles, buses, and special vehicles (Iveco), in addition to powertrains for industrial and marine applications (FPT Industrial). Present in all major markets worldwide, CNH Industrial is focused on expanding its presence in high-growth markets, including through joint ventures.



SSAB is a highly-specialized global steel company driven by close customer relationships. SSAB develops high-strength steels and provides services for better performance and sustainability.

The company is a leading producer on the global market for Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered Steels (Q&T), strip, plate and tubular products, as well as construction solutions. SSAB’s steels and services help to make end products lighter and increase their strength and lifespan.

SSAB has a cost-efficient and flexible production system. SSAB’s production plants in Sweden, Finland and the US have an annual steel production capacity of 8.8 million tonnes. The company also has capacity to process and finish various steel products in China, Brazil and many other countries. In Sweden and Finland, production is integrated into a blast furnace process. In the US, electric arc furnaces are used for a scrap-based production process.