BMT Aerospace winner of the Factory of the Future Award 2019

Ten companies received a Factory of the Future award during the fifth edition of this event in Kortrijk. This award is 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. One of the winners is BMT Aerospace, manufacturer of precision components.

One of the key objectives of Sirris and Agoria is to enhance the contributions of the technological industry to a prosperous and sustainable society. Together with various other partners Sirris and Agoria support manufacturing companies in this respect, for example through the ‘Factory of the Future’ project, in which an award is granted each year to the best students of the class.

Factories of the Future invest in digitisation, smart processes and products and in global production, while also thoughtfully dealing with energy and materials and paying attention to involvement, creativity and autonomy of their employees.

This year’s ten winning companies received the title of Factory of the Future from Flemish Prime Minister Geert Bourgeois. The following companies were this year’s winners: BMT Aerospace, Bosch, Colruyt Group Fine Food, Duracell, Janssen, Lavetan, Mirion Technologies, Niko Group, Materialise and Rf-Technologies.

High-tech precision components

BMT Aerospace in Oostkamp supplies high-tech precision components for the aviation sector worldwide. The company operates in three locations: the US, Romania and Belgium. For more than 25 years, the Belgian site has been a leading manufacturer of gears and actuation systems for the drive mechanism of the slats (front flaps on the wing) and flaps for various commercial aircraft programmes.

De The site in West-Vlaanderen excels in metallurgy, chemical processes and precision engineering. It relies on its highly developed engineering competence, which ensured a reduction in time between development and industrial production. For the designs the company works together with the customer from the very beginning, printing a prototype from the very first day. This allows them to anticipate on any problems in later stages of production right from the beginning. In order to be able to respond flexibly to the changing needs of customers, the company invested in open communication, training and small, self-directed teams. Another asset are the high-performance, custom-designed precision machines on the production floor, the result of intensive R&D, together with the machine builders. This allows the company to maintain its unique position in the aviation market.

"If you get into an aircraft, you have at least a 50 percent chance that BMT Aerospace components are present in the aircraft."

Wondering what a Factory of the Future looks like on the inside? From 21 March to 9 June Agoria will again organise a Factory of the Future Roadshow, which will visit 19 of the winners. This roadshow is your chance to see how Factory of the Future winners operate, to connect with them and test your own challenges against their experience. More information is available in our agenda