ST Engineering iDirect Recognized with Factory of the Future Award for the Third Time

European industry honor reinforces ST Engineering iDirect’s position as a leading, future-proof and sustainable company 

Factory of the Future

Herndon, Va., March 9, 2021 – ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications, has once again received the prestigious Factory of the Future award, with its Manufacturing Competence Centre (MCC) recognized for its best-in-class, future-proof and sustainable manufacturing technologies and processes. The award, initially created by the Belgian government and expanded to include all of Europe, recognizes forward-looking manufacturers that systematically take up the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Having received the accolade in 2015 and 2018, the Factory of the Future award reaffirms ST Engineering iDirect’s position as an innovative industry leader with advanced and sustainable manufacturing practices.

“To be awarded the Factory of the Future is more than a badge of honor,” said Tom Hamelinckx, Operations Manager of ST Engineering iDirect. “It means that we meet very high quality standards and our processes are well controlled. This instills great confidence in our customers as they know that they are placing their order with a trusted partner. It also speaks to the fact that innovation is at the core of everything we do. Our facility is future-proof, at the cutting-edge, and customers can have confidence that they can challenge us with new designs and components and that we will support them in getting those to market.”

Factories of the Future are forward-looking manufacturers that supply products with high added value and have the flexibility to respond to swiftly changing market demands. This enables them to play a major role in a dynamic global manufacturing network. At the same time, they fully embrace digitized production processes, paying special attention to handling energy and materials and exploiting the potential of modern production technologies. Besides technological innovation, social innovation is also high on the agenda, with special attention paid to staff involvement, creativity and autonomy in a human-oriented approach.

The MCC fulfilled all seven areas of transformation required to qualify for the award. These are: advanced manufacturing technologies, integrated engineering, digital factory, networked factory, eco factory, smart manufacturing and human-centered organization. Reponses were rated and audited by experts in these fields. Transformation across these seven domains serves as a catalyst for companies in the areas of skills and talent development, technology advancement, and overall competitiveness.