Spin-off borit is supplier-of-choice for Symbio range extender
Borit started off as a spin-off company of OCAS NV and Borit Leichtbau-Technik GmbH and was established in 2010.
Borit manufactures sheet metal products and assemblies using its proprietary Hydrogate™ forming technology resulting in advanced product designs with high forming quality and precision. Borit's products are used across the globe in fuel cells and electrolysers, thermal solutions (e.g. cooling solutions for electric vehicle battery packs), and lightweight structural parts.
French market leader Symbio relies on Borit for their successful range extender fuel cell systems. Read the full press release.
OCAS celebrates its 25th anniversary
To celebrate its 25th anniversary OCAS organised events for all stakeholders.
The academic ceremony was followed by a series of scientific thematic seminars. The exhibition "OCASional stories" focused on the economic impact of OCAS's R&D projects. The stories will soon be available on the website.
Metal Processing Centre expands casting facilities
OCAS and its joint venture partner CRM expand the casting facilities of the Metal Processing Centre by installing two new induction furnaces. The Metal Processing Centre is fully equipped to develop, produce, process and characterise tailor-made alloys.
Together with its partner Sirris (collective centre of the Belgian technological industry) – experts in foundry – the MPC’s new melting furnaces will further enhance the support to the manufacturing industry.
Finocas Group certified
Bureau Veritas Certification certifies that the management system of the Finocas Group has been audited and found to be in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 and the OHSAS 18001:2007 for "Research and development, sample making and material testing in the field of metal technology and applications & business services".
External venture Expanite
Finindus, Finocas's investment team, sets up an external venture with Expanite.
Expanite commercialises a game-changing surface hardening process for stainless steel.
OCAS organises 2nd SteelyHydrogen Conference
Following the huge success of SteelyHydrogen 2011, OCAS once more organised this scientific conference on metals & hydrogen. SteelyHydrogen 2014 attracted over 140 participants.
External venture Calyos
Assisted by technology scouting by OCAS, the investment company Finindus sets up an external venture.
Calyos is a provider of advanced two-phase cooling solutions for electronic components.
OCAS organises the very first conference dedicated to steel and hydrogen in Europe
Being involved in various projects on the effects on hydrogen in steel, OCAS took the initiative to organise and host SteelyHydrogen 2011 Conference. It got worldwide response.
Inauguration of Materials Research Cluster
Under the driving force of OCAS, 8 partners cluster in the Materials Research Cluster Gent. By joining forces and sharing lab space and equipment, this cluster houses more than 200 scientists under one roof.
OCAS sets up a joint venture with borit
Meanwhile, borit has become a world-class manufacturer of high precision sheet metal hydroformed components and assemblies in Geel (Belgium)
OCAS, BIL and Labo Soete join forces in the Metal Structures Centre
The Metal Structures Centre combines competencies on design, use and evaluation of the behaviour of steel structures for its worldwide customers. The Metal Structures Centre is a consortium consisting of OCAS nv, the Soete Laboratory of Ghent University and the Belgian Welding Institute (BIL).
First external venture PowerCell
OCAS was strongly involved in the preparation of this first external investment file.
PowerCell manufactures fuel cells, reformers and auxiliary power units with lower emissions.
Metals Processing Centre, a joint venture of OCAS and CRM
Answering the strong need for initiatives that link the results of science and technology to the creation of new value through innovation, an asset company “Metals Processing Centre” was created at the Zwijnaarde Campus of the Ghent University.
Since its creation in 2008, the Metals Processing Centre has proven to be a success in attracting extra business for both involved partners.
First spin-off xcelcoat
OCAS launches its first spin-off xcelcoat.
xcelcoat develops aesthetic & functional surface properties for indoor applications.
Meanwhile the xcelcoat product range xcellook and xcelcolour is commercially available on industrial scale. Furthermore an outdoor version will be launched to complement the indoor product range.
Merger of Arcelor and Mittal Steel
Thanks to the merger of Arcelor and Mittal Steel, OCAS's perimeter expanded from European to global.
Renewed missions embrace the open innovation approach
“3@work” is established between Ghent University, CRM (Centre for research in metallurgy) and OCAS. Its success is immediate: by sharing equipment and lab space, optimized logistics result in a considerable increase in output whilst reducing operating and maintenance cost. Each of the involved partners can furthermore retain its unique selling proposition and the overall health & safety policy is upgraded. On top of that, students of the University faculties have access to state-of-the-art metallurgical processing equipment, enriching their lab practices.
Reorientation of OCAS activities
During the restructuring of Arcelor's research activities, OCAS shifts from automotive towards general industry sector. As a result, OCAS's field of activities is enlarged to a multitude of sectors, dealing with a much wider product mix.
Approval “Staalvriendelijk Vlaanderen” by Flemish government
The project approval of "Staalvriendelijk Vlaanderen" (Steel-friendly Flanders), confirmed by the European Commission in 2004, is an important milestone for OCAS. In addition to anchoring its know-how in the region, "Staalvriendelijk Vlaanderen" enabled OCAS to expand its research activities.
First decade of OCAS
From its start in 1991, OCAS bridges the production of thin flat steel with its customers in the field of automotive and stainless steel.
During the first decade, the activities of OCAS were therefore mainly focused on major production steps in automotive: forming, assembly and coating.
Official inauguration of OCAS nv
Official inauguration of OCAS nv (OnderzoeksCentrum voor de Aanwending van Staal), the brand new research centre of Sidmar (currently ArcelorMittal Gent), Laminoir de Dudelange and ALZ (currently Aperam).