Associated Industrial Partners

Research centers and industries in the automotive sector can become associated to the Joint Master’s Degree in Sustainable Automotive Engineering. There are different kinds and levels of collaboration depending on their own interests.

Industrial partners

Industrial partners will support the Joint Master’s Degree in offering students internships.
It is possible to combine both the internship and the thesis into a single year-long project.
Large multi-year projects can also be carried out by successive groups of students.

Potential topics include:

  • System approach involving vehicle and powertrain components simulation.
  • Energy storage system simulation, ageing analysis.
  • Vehicle optimisation taking into account greenhouse gas emissions, dynamic and range performance for conventional, hybrid and electric cars.
  • Transport organisation.
  • New fuels.
  • Impact analysis.

Within that context, industrial partners will have at their disposal a pool of well trained, highly motivated students to help in their research and development activities.
High level professionals from industry can also be a valuable source for direct participation in teaching activities either in the regular subjects or for guest seminars on specific topics.
It is also expected that industrial partners will provide useful information and advice to maintain the course syllabus up-to-date.
Industrial partners can become members of the NRG (National Resonance Group) or Advisory board.

Punch Powertrain – Belgium

Punch Powertrain is an independent full system supplier of fuel efficient powertrains. With over 40 years of experience in the production of CVT Transmissions, Punch Powertrain also offers electric powertrains for New Energy Vehicles such as Plugin Hybrids (PHEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs), as well as DCT Transmissions.
From the sites in Nanjing (China) and Sint-Truiden (Belgium), Punch Powertrain is currently delivering CVT Transmissions to a large number of OEMs. And soon this will also apply for the inhouse developed hybrid systems and powertrains for EVs.

Toyota Motor Europe – Belgium

Based in Brussels, Belgium, and staffed by 2,700 people of 63 nationalities, Toyota Motor Europe is the European Head Office. It covers R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing, Sales and Corporate Functions.
The Toyota Head Office houses key Toyota and Lexus activities for Europe. It is the European operations nerve centre, including the principal areas of engineering, manufacturing support and Sales and Marketing activities.
The Technical Centre is home to Toyota Motor Europe’s Research & Development (R&D), Purchasing and Production Engineering, European design and engineering functions. In 2011, the state-of-the-art Zaventem Proving Ground, aimed at enhancing the role of Toyota’s European vehicle research and development has been inaugurated.
Toyota’s 100,000m² European parts centre provides “just-in-time” service parts and accessories to the regional parts centres of Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and to the national depots of the European National Marketing and Sales companies that are not supplied by the regional parts centres, vehicle hubs, production and distribution centres in Japan, and to some 500 dealers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the North of France.

Siemens Industry Software NV – Belgium

Industry Software from Siemens helps manufacturers become Digital Enterprises by enabling them to digitalize and integrate their entire industrial value chain through PLM solutions, Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) solutions, and TIA equipment – all supported by Teamcenter, the industry-leading Siemens Collaboration Platform and single data backbone. The integration of PLM, MOM and Automation is made possible with the comprehensive suite of Siemens Industry Software.

Flanders Make – Belgium

Flanders Make is the strategic research centre for the manufacturing industry. From our sites all over Flanders, we stimulate open innovation through excellent research.
As we bring together companies and research institutions, we help realise concrete product and production innovations in the vehicle industry, in mechanical engineering and in production environments. Our expertise is focussed around 4 key competences, al based on modelling and virtualisation: Decision & Control, Design & Optimisation, Motion Products, Flexible Assembly.
Our goal is to contribute to the technological development of the vehicles, machines and factories of the future. By doing so, we create added value for the manufacturing industry. Together we help companies innovate better and faster. In addition, we attach great importance to international cooperation in the field of innovation and to participation in European research projects.
Today Flanders Make counts 400 researchers who work full-time as a unique research community on a joint industrial research agenda.


ACICAE is a non-profit making business association, founded in the Basque Country in 1993, with the aim of improving the competitiveness of the automotive industry.

It is considered to be one of the first clusters to be set up in Europe with the support of the Basque Government and following Professor Porter’s methodology. Since then it has evolved rapidly contributing to the four-fold increase in turnover of the Basque automotive industry over the past fifteen years, exceeding 10 billion euros.

AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center

The AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center is a unique value-generation center for the automotive sector based on a concept of open innovation in which companies improve their competitiveness through cooperation. Using a market-oriented approach, AIC integrates knowledge, technology and industrial development under one umbrella.

CIE automotive

CIE AUTOMOTIVE is an industrial group specialised in managing high value-added processes:

  • Focused on automotive sector.
  • Global full service supplier for components and subassemblies.
  • Listed on Madrid and Mumbai Stock Exchange Markets.
  • Professional high level management team with full commitment on corporate governance.

From component life prediction to full dynamic driveline system modelling powertrain modelling has been at the core of DYNA-LYTICS. Projects include finite analysis and multi-body dynamics for durability and vibration attenuation to dynamic driveline optimisation.


Gestamp is an international group dedicated to the design, development and manufacture of metal automotive components.

The Group specializes in developing innovatively designed products to achieve increasingly safer and lighter vehicles, thereby reducing energy consumption and environmental impact.

Lamina Suspension Products Ltd

Established in the year 1976, Lamina Suspension Products Ltd. is India’s leading manufacturer, supplier, exporter and dealer of a wide assortment of Leaf Springs, Automobile Leaf Springs which feature higher load capacity, stability and lasting durability. Products are manufactured by using absolutely high grades of raw materials and are quality tested on various parameters in compliance with international standards. Lamina Suspension Products Ltd. have set up a huge manufacturing unit that sprawls across 200000 sq.ft, to deliver bulk order on the committed time frame. Lamina Suspension Products Ltd. is not only catering to domestic market but is also dealing with numerous foreign concerns across the world like USA, UK, Italy, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Finland, Greece, UAE and many others.

Phoenix Contact

Phoenix Contact is a globally present, Germany-based market leader. The group is synonymous with future-oriented components, systems, and solutions in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, and automation. A global network across more than 100 countries and 14,500 employees ensure close proximity to its customers.

Being innovative. Phoenix Contact also work with its customers to break new ground. Personal and customer-specific, from an individual product right up to a complete solution.


TECNALIA respond to the needs of sustainable mobility and efficient manufacturing in a globalised environment.

TECNALIA‘s knowledge of the transport, machine-tool, foundry and steelworks industrial sectors allows us to position ourselves strategically in the production chain, providing comprehensive solutions to our clients through R&D&I.

VINCI Energies

VINCI Energies is a key provider of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. VINCI Energies serves local authorities and business customers, helping them to deploy, equip, operate and optimise their energy, transport and communication infrastructures, industrial facilities and buildings.