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’.

Hannover Messe 2019, which will take place from 1 to 5 April, aims to stimulate the digital transformation of the production and energy industry and will be entirely dedicated to 'Integrated Industry - Industrial Intelligence'. The fair wants to underline the growing importance of artificial intelligence and ‘machine learning’ in the area of energy and production processes.

On 19 December 2018 thirty business people met in Mechelen for a breakfast meeting. They were invited by Scaleup.vlaanderen for a learning network meeting. All the business people had in common that they each had more than one million euros in capital, or had generated more than one million euros in recurring revenues.

“Stop developing software. Develop digital services.” That is the basis of our cookbook with recipes for businesses to develop successful digital services which allow users to do their job faster, easier and better. What can you expect from the book? Here’s a little ‘teaser’ for you.

A new book 'Hyperscale and Microcare, The Digital Business Cookbook', will explore what it takes to build winning software products today. It will focus on the idea that one should stop building software, and build digital services instead, effectively combining hyperscale with microcare: the ability to establish an intimate relationship with each and every of your thousands of users.

Fast growth demands proper supervision. This is certainly the case for scale-ups and their founder teams. Digital growth enterprises can benefit from support from a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board.

The industry is clearly booming now. The biggest problem is no longer reducing costs, but getting the flow of orders delivered on time. Quick response manufacturing (QRM) is a growth strategy for companies that want to stand out with short lead times. The QRM World Conference in Eindhoven (19-21 June) is a unique opportunity to learn all about it.

On 5 December Sirris and Agoria launched the Digital Journey Tracker, a practical tool to help businesses find their way in the maze of digitisation. The minister of Work, Economy, Innovation and Sports, Philippe Muyters, attended the launch.

Early November the third support group of ten scale-ups started a Scaleup.vlaanderen assessment process for innovative digital companies with a proven business model, which are on the eve of a growth acceleration.