‘FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE’ WORTH KNOWING IN NAMUR!
The ‘Factories of the Future’ ceremony took place in Charleroi on 26 March in the presence of 600 people.
This event, which is backed by Digital Wallonia, aims to encourage Walloon SMEs to expand their digital transformation by means of awareness, diagnostics and assistance.
FACTORIES AND AMBASSADORS
The evening turned the spotlight on exemplary businesses and entrepreneurs in terms of digital transformation.
- ‘Factories of the Future’ supply clients with specific products that have high added value. They are open to new business models and are firmly committed to digital production processes, which they use as much as possible while maintaining a strong human approach.
- ‘Ambassadors Made Different’ are companies that put in place innovative and pioneering initiatives involving one or more digital and technological transformations.
Wallonia now has:
- 4 factories of the future: AW Europe, Stas, JTEKT and Valeo and
- 13 Ambassadors Made Different: Lescav, Menuiserie Riche, Belgium Coating, Schmitz Digital Printing, Dumoulin, Design Stone in 2019, following Lasea, Burnsen, Stabilame, Emac, Prayon, Mobic, Atelier de l’Avenir in 2018.
AWARDS FOR TWO NAMUR COMPANIES
Two Namur companies were given awards in 2019:
- Schmitz Digital Printing, a Ciney-based firm providing digital printing services and visual solutions, was made a World Class Production Ambassador. Its boss, Bruno Schmitz, received his award from Delphine Marot of the BEP, which has been assisting the company for several years, notably with regard to innovative management.
- The Menuiserie Riche woodwork company in Mariembourg was made an Ambassador in the ‘Smart Production’ category.
These two companies demonstrate agility and have undertaken to implement digital technology in their day-to-day activities, for their benefit of their staff and their clients.
TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE INDUSTRY OF THE FUTURE
Research, innovation and training are important drivers to become a company of the future.
To make their mark in terms of these three key drivers, Digital Wallonia advises Walloon SMEs to create synergies with players offering complementary expertise, in particular as regards the development and integration of advanced digital technologies.
Digital Wallonia has identified 11 key advanced digital technologies that enable companies to undergo the transformation to become industries of the future. In fact, depending on the sectors of activity and the markets, these technologies have or will become essential to maintain their competitiveness.
INDUSTRY 4.0 DEMONSTRATORS FOR WALLONIA
Three industry 4.0 demonstrators are to be deployed in Wallonia during 2019 to provide training in new digital technologies and enable manufacturing companies to experiment with the technologies before integrating them into their production processes.
A demonstrator is an experimental workshop that is modular and can be reconfigured, integrating every phase of a manufacturing production process: making components, storage, assembly, quality control, packaging, data communication, etc. Industry 4.0 technologies will be added to the workshop in order to improve performance, flexibility and product personalisation, make tasks less tedious, improve quality, etc. Real interconnected machines that are part of the partner’s initial equipment will supplement the production chain.
The industry 4.0 demonstrators aim to spread the digital concepts and technologies of the fourth industrial revolution as widely as possible among our companies, as regards both training and integration. These demonstrators target primarily industrial SMEs that have to retain a competitive advantage in order to maintain and plan the growth of their activities.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME TO NAMUR AND BENEFIT FROM ITS ADVANTAGES?
Contact Stéphanie Bonmariage, Investors reception for the BEP, on 081/71.71.37 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
QUESTIONS? LIKE TO KNOW MORE,
Contact Delphine Marot, Coaching BEP, on 081/71.71.22 or at email@example.com
Corine Roland, Economic Promotion at the BEP on 081/71.71.45 or at firstname.lastname@example.org