During the fifth edition of the Factory of the Future Awards ten companies received the title of Factory of the Future, the award granted by Sirris and Agoria to companies that best succeed in reconciling the technologies of the future with work tailored to people and the environment. The winner we are putting in the spotlight this time is Duracell, well-known for its batteries.

The Sirris test laboratories are investigating the reliability of material certificates that come with metals. Do you want to know how reliable your certificate is? Send us a metal sample with material certificate and we will examine the chemical composition of your sample free of charge!

Corrosion and fouling are two major problems affecting all commercial activities in a maritime environment. Assets degrade and need continuous monitoring and maintenance to avoid large scale problems. On 1 April, The Antwerp Maritime Academy organises it’s 2nd International Symposium on Corrosion and Fouling to address these issues and talk about the most recent developments in the field of protection against corrosion and fouling.

As a manufacturer of fire protection solutions Rf-Technology is one of the ten companies which received the title of Factory of the Future, the award granted by Sirris and Agoria to companies that best succeed in reconciling the technologies of the future with work tailored to people and the environment.

At the Advanced Engineering trade event that will take place on 22 and 23 May, Sirris will organise its own lecture programme, presenting four different presentations on different topics within our fields of expertise, under the title ‘Future-proved products are light, smart and micro, to be achieved with advanced engineering methods’.

Eni, the Italian energy company, is carrying out research into the production of hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic packaging waste.

Belgium stands in 13th place among patent applicants according to the EPO annual report.

We are one step closer to germ-proof surfaces for environments such as hospitals after an unexpected discovery of a black variant of TiO2 coatings that does not require UV activation and works more effectively than existing standard TiO2 solutions.

The French DIAM Group creates, develops, produces and installs a wide range of merchandising solutions (POS) and sales solutions to enhance in-store products. For more than 40 years, the company has been supporting its customers around the world. To reduce delays from the start of the customers' project to delivery, DIAM has conducted many substantive actions and adopted the methodology of QRM (quick response manufacturing) to support these actions.

To optimise its operations and increase the working comfort for its staff, the non-profit association Kringloopcentrum Zuid-West-Vlaanderen chose to develop an ergonomic textile sorting system and automated packaging of the discharge flow.