Cartamundi builds Global R&D Center to ‘centralise vision’ for product innovation

Cartamundi, a leader in the manufacture of games and playing cards, is building a new Global R&D Center in Turnhout to work closely with Cartamundi’s R&D departments around the world.

The new center, the firm states, will be ‘crucial for Cartamundi’s strength and digital transformation,’ and will act as the base for ‘a team of engineers to devise solutions to innovate and digitize production, products, and processes.’

“Cartamundi is growing and evolving constantly. This calls for a central vision and strategy for R&D. We’re now taking a major step to seize even more opportunities for innovation,” said Steven Nietvelt, chief technology and innovation officer at Cartamundi.

Construction work for the R&D Center started in November. Cartamundi will occupy a 600 m² facility on the Open Manufacturing Campus (OMC) in Turnhout.

“The OMC is an incubator for innovation in the Campine region. By establishing a presence there, a stone’s throw from our head office, we can focus fully on innovation and be part of a community of leading-edge manufacturers,” said Nietvelt.

“The products and processes we develop there will enable us to continue delivering on our purpose of Sharing the Magic of Playing Together.”

The Global R&D Center will coordinate the Cartamundi Group’s worldwide R&D projects. It will also consolidate Cartamundi’s position in Flanders and the Campine region.

“The combination of global and local makes me particularly proud,” added Nietvelt. “Cartamundi was born in Turnhout, so it’s here that we want to invest and create jobs. Because we’ll only achieve genuine success if we bring added value to our community.”

After two years of preparation, the first research projects at the Global R&D Center will start in January. Cartamundi will begin recruiting for the R&D Center shortly.

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