Armor has received the Industry of the Future Showcase (label Vitrine Industrie du Futur) award from Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy and Finance of France.
This award recognizes companies that have developed innovative projects within their production processes, notably by using digital technology. So far, only a few dozen French manufacturers have received the award.
Armor has been developing a permanent process of automation and digital transformation of its industrial facilities for many years, which has now been recognized through the Industry of the Future Showcase award.
Christophe Derennes, Armor industrial director, said: ‘The objective of the program is threefold – to support a fast-growing and competitive market, to reduce production costs and to ensure that the core business continues to be located in France.
Multiple factors lay behind this award. Firstly, Armor has the only plant in the sector that has fully robotized the slitting process for inked PET films. Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) are used in the production units to meet the increasing volume of workflows and to reduce the amount of manual labor required. Secondly, the company integrates its digital and industrial robotics systems internally for such projects. This also enables all the operational employees involved to enhance their skills, notably within the framework of the training delivered through Armor University (25 courses and 230 employees graduated since 2011).
Derennes continued: ‘The continuous program of automation and digital transformation of its industrial facilities has seen Armor strengthen its position as global market leader by growing at a rate of 2.5 times faster than the market on a like-for-like basis.’
The Industry of the Future Showcase award recognizes innovation in industry and is given to companies that have implemented a tangible and innovative project enhancing production processes, most frequently through digital technology. The award guarantees national and international visibility for a company and its partners, both customers and suppliers.
Armor CEO Hubert de Boisredon said: ‘We are committed to maintaining a promising future for this industry in France through our many technological and digital innovations.’