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Newtec satellite efforts wins Belgian award

ABU member Newtec, a satellite communications specialist, has received the ‘Factory of the Future’ award in a Belgian campaign ‘Made Different’. 

Newtec is one of the first companies to receive the award, announcing it will carry out an important investment program to upgrade and extend its state-of-the-art production capacity and capabilities at its Manufacturing Competence Center (MCC) in Belgium. The company designs, develops and manufactures equipment and technologies for satellite communications. 

Launched by the Belgian government, the ‘Factory of the Future’ is part of campaign to recognise the market challenges faced by Belgian companies and the need for them to be innovative and future-proof. The project is driven by Agoria, the Belgian federation for the technology industry, and Sirris, the collective centre for and by the Belgian technological industry.

Serge Van Herck, CEO at Newtec, said: “This award reaffirms that we are delivering relevant services to the industry and we are delighted to have had that recognised by the ‘Made Different’ judges. The future investment we have planned will ensure we continue to live up to the ‘Factory of the Future’ label.”

Newtec’s production site in Erpe-Mere, Belgium, makes the majority of Newtec’s products and is gaining market share by producing highly reliable assemblies for an increasing number of high-tech companies outside the satcom business. 

Danny De Smet, who is responsible for business development at Newtec’s Manufacturing Competence Center, said an increasing number of customers both inside and outside the satcom industry confirmed that their manufacturing site was already extremely effective.

“This is without a doubt the result of our continuous improvement culture and competence building and this investment will further strengthen that,” he said. “Often we are challenged from a technological perspective but by being proactive, flexible and reliable we can add significant value for our customers and partners.”