Werflink is an online sharing platform of the Flemish Confederation of Construction on which construction companies can share, exchange, rent and buy site equipment, surplus material and storage space. Is there still a surplus of tiles, wood or sand somewhere? Is there an excavator idle or is a cement mixer needed? Is there any storage or freight space available? Are there still usable materials left over from demolition? On this online platform, we bring supply and demand together and construction companies and shipyards can contact each other.
Werflink is both an alternative to obtain products and materials and to avoid having to destroy surpluses. By working together, we make better use of materials and machines, avoid waste and save on the purchase of new equipment or materials. We reduce our environmental impact and thus contribute to a more circular construction sector.
Since June 2018, the platform www.werflink.be is live, and in 3 languages. All members of the VCB can create an account and then get actively involved within the sharing economy.
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Initially, we had created Werflink for construction companies and shipyards, but now the platform is open to the whole construction sector: warehousing, logistics, architects, painters, etc. We have responded to a need that arose from the market.
We have also discovered other needs that we can meet in the future. For example, we can expand the platform for private individuals (only for the purchase of materials), certainly as far as smaller quantities of residual materials are concerned. Another interesting avenue is the expansion of the platform to the Netherlands and other neighbouring countries, so that materials and machines can be put to better use across borders. We can also focus even more on offering materials that are released during demolition.
Werflink will continue to exist after the subsidy from Flanders Circular. To break even and provide the platform with the necessary support, we will probably have to switch to a paying model, unless other financial injections are forthcoming.