Moving from a linear to a circular economy

Sofa Session
Mario Fleurinck

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Mario Fleurinck is a visionary entrepreneur with focus on the development of sustainable manufacturing technologies. He is a pioneer in Additive Manufacturing or metal 3D printing and realized long before anybody knew what it was how it would change our world dramatically. With these innovations he aims to create business models that go far beyond the economic globalisation. He believes that technology and manufacturing play a significant role in redesigning our social economic models.

Inspired by his holistic view and in the light of growing global economic and geopolitical unbalance, he emphasizes on a decentralised approach with focus on energy efficiency, raw material resources management, less waste and water use reduction.


Mario Fleurinck (°1971) started his career as Manufacturing Engineer at Diamant Boart in Brussels (Belgium). In 1995 during a project at Boeing in Seattle (USA) he was introduced at Sandia Lab where he saw how researchers in an experimental phase used material growth for the production of complex turbine parts. This confrontation was going to determine his professional path realising that material growth, nowadays called Additive Manufacturing, had the potential to change the manufacturing industry fundamentally.

After Boeing Mario worked for Airbus’ subcontractor Asco Industries and started his first own company in 1998, from then on one start-up was following the other.

In 2003 he saw his chance to transform Melotte, a tooling manufacturer with a terrific DNA at the end of its life cycle, from an analogue into a digital manufacturer of complex mechanical solutions and critical high precision components. Today Mario Fleurinck is CEO at Melotte and intensely occupied with technological innovation, systems thinking and societal impact.