February 25, 2021
Agrifrm receives second "Factory of the Future" Award
The awards recognise future-oriented companies that through means of crucial transformations prepare themselves for the challenges of Industry 4.0. According to sector federation Fevia Vlaanderen and cluster collaboration platform Flanders' FOOD that jointly support the initiative, these transformations are of vital importance for Flemish food companies.
"Ongoing investment in innovation and automation, with a view to cooperation and employees, ensures that Flemish food companies continue to be internationally competitive and are able to respond faster to future trends," says Geert Vermeersch, chairman of Fevia Vlaanderen.
Since 2017 when its factory first received the award, Agrifirm has continued to invest in the smart factory. Agrifirm says: "Food safety and flexibility towards our customers are key. We aim to be able to respond to rapidly changing market demands at any time. Every detail is important in this respect and we are constantly optimising the factory in Drongen. This has enabled us to double our production capacity whilst improving our quality and service to our customers. Our employees play a key role in this respect. They are always closely involved in improvement projects and their continued development, training and creativity in past years is the basis for our continuous improvement and this Factory of the Future-recognition. This year, we switched to green energy, which we supplemented with solar panels installed in 2020. In the near future, additional sustainability projects to reduce energy, waste and CO2 emissions will be prominent."