fof award

On 7 February 2023, VCST Industrial Products, Sanofi, Barry Callebaut, Altachem and Pomuni Frozen received the title of "Factory of the Future". The award recognises forward-looking manufacturing companies in Belgium. Winners receive the title for a period of three years. 

Five companies received the award for the first time today. They are VCST Industrial Products (SintTruiden), pharmaceutical company Sanofi (Geel), chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut (Wieze, Lebbeke), metal company Altachem (Harelbeke) and manufacturer of potato specialities Pomuni Frozen (Ranst). 

Four other manufacturing companies were able to extend their previously won title. They are Audi Brussels (Forest), TotalEnergies (Ertvelde), Vandemoortele (Izegem) and Daikin (Ostend). The latter company is already doing so for the third time. In nine years, the select leading group of most forward-looking manufacturing companies in Belgium has thus grown to a club of 53 companies.


It has been since 2016 that a textile company was awarded the title. Thus far, Veranneman and Ontex are the only textile companies with the title Factory of the Future. However, our companies can identify with the definition of a Factory of the Future:

Factories of the Future are companies that are fully committed to digitalisation, talent development, smart processes, sustainable products and world-class production. They handle energy and materials thoughtfully and encourage employee engagement, creativity and autonomy.


So let's go for it together and make sure that in 2024, when the Factory of the Future celebrates its 10th anniversary, the textile sector smoothly joins the ranks of forward-looking companies: after all, that's what we are!

Participating is a great way

To evaluate your approach and take stock of your transformation into a factory of the future.

To valorise the work of those working every day to transform your company.

To be recognised as an inspiring organisation in one or more areas of transformation.

To learn and exchange good practices and get feedback during our programme of activities.

To increase your visibility:

  • recognition of your company at regional and national level
  • external recognition during the award ceremony and thanks to subsequent communication
  • realisation of a corporate video that you can use in your own communication campaign.