Agoria, previously known as Fabrimetal, is a Belgian sectoral employer's organisation.

Agoria
Agoria logo 2016.png
Logo of Agoria
Established1946
Professional title
Agoria
Location
  • Brussels
Region
 BEL
ServicesExpertise, Business Development, Lobby
Membership
> 1700 technology inspired companies
Rene Branders, president, Marc Lambotte, CEO
Websitewww.agoria.be
representing 275,000 employees[1]

DescriptionEdit

Agoria is laying out a pathway for all technologically inspired companies in Belgium that strive for progress based on the development or application of innovations. Approximately 200 people work at the company. More than 1,900 Belgian technology companies are members of Agoria (2019).

Agoria's goal is to:

  • Connect everyone who is inspired by technology
  • Increase the success of companies
  • Craft a sustainable future

HistoryEdit

Fabrimetal, short for the Federation of Enterprises in the Metal Industry (Dutch: Federatie van de ondernemingen der metaalwerkende nijverheid, French: Fédération des entreprises de l'industrie des fabrications métalliques, Fabrimétal), was established in 1946 on the foundations of the Federation of Manufacturers (Dutch: Federatie van Fabrikanten, French: Fédération des constructeurs), founded in 1906.[2] At its peak, Fabrimetal represented 1200 enterprises in the metalworking industry, electronic construction and the processing of plastics.

The name change from Fabrimetal to Agoria was announced on 9 November 2000 by then managing director Philippe de Buck and president John Cordier.[3] The old name was thought to refer too explicitly to the metalworking industry, and it was the organisation's aim to recruit new companies from the technology sector.

Currently, Agoria counts more than 1900 member companies from the manufacturing industry, and the digital and telecom sectors. With a €125.20 billion turnover in 2018, these sectors jointly represent no less than 9% of the added value of the private sector in Belgium. In addition to 310,000 direct jobs, they generate an equal number of indirect employment opportunities. Agoria is the largest federation within the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (Dutch: Verbond van Belgische Ondernemingen, VBO, French: Fédération des Entreprises de Belgique, FEB).

StructureEdit

Agoria is directed by Belgian companies. Current chair of the board of directors is René Branders. At the regional level, Agoria is divided into Agoria Flanders, Agoria Brussels and Agoria Wallonia. Intersectorally, Agoria is a member of the Federation of Belgian Enterprises (VBO, FEB).

Period President[4]
Fabrimetal
1946–1952 Léon-Antoine Bekaert
1953–1965 Félix Leblanc
1965–1971 Georges Moens de Fernig
1971–1977 Marc Verhaeghe de Naeyer
1977–1983 Philippe Saverys
1983–1989 Eugène Van Dyck
1989–1993 Richard Gandibleux
1993–1999 Karel Vinck
1997–1999 Julien De Wilde
1999–2000 John Cordier
Agoria
2000–2002 John Cordier
2002–2007 Thomas Leysen[5]
2007–2008 Francis Verheughe
2009–2010 Paul Depuydt
2010–2016 Christ'l Joris[6]
2016–2019 Marc De Groote
2019 – present René Branders
Period CEO
Fabrimetal
1971–1987 Jacques De Staercke
1987–2000 Philippe de Buck van Overstraeten
Agoria
2000–2001 Philippe de Buck van Overstraeten
2001–2013 Paul Soete
2013 – present Marc Lambotte

ActivitiesEdit

Connect all who are inspired by technology

Agoria connects its members within company groups and provides the appropriate conditions for technological developments.

Agoria plays an important role in raising awareness of and the adoption of technological innovations: from the development of Artificial Intelligence and drones to cybersecurity. The organisation helps its member companies to discover and implement innovative technologies, to benchmark their own innovation capacity in comparison to similar companies, and to innovate in their product and services range.

Agoria sets up ecosystems to expedite innovation and to provide a framework of regulations. Smart cities, smart buildings, smart mobility, smart energy and smart health are just a few examples of such ecosystems.

Increasing the success of companies

  • Operational consultation services based on business knowledge

Agoria experts provide consultation services to member companies on any aspect of their operations. Members are kept up-to-date on the trends within the industry and have access to an extensive library of useful documents, tools and templates.

  • A broad network that opens doors

With frequent networking activities, Agoria assists member companies in continuing their growth. The company brings companies from various fields together to strengthen each other by sharing knowledge and exchanging experience. This network is active within Belgium and as well as internationally, in six technology clubs, each of which deals with a specific market. Networking activities include themed seminars that connect commercial partners based on technology requirements and investment opportunities.

  • Ready for the digital future

Seven specific transformation pathways ensure that manufacturers become more economically sustainable and at the same time ensure a stable local economy and employment opportunities. Companies that successfully implement these transformations receive the Factory of the Future award from Agoria and Sirris. In 2018, these Factories of the Future invested more than half a billion euros and employed 11% more people.

  • Crafting a sustainable future

Agoria represents the interests of member companies to the relevant decision makers on a local, regional, federal, European and international level. The objective is to provide a favourable climate for technological development and remove obstacles which limit the economic or social potential of its members.

Agoria gets its member companies heard by policy makers

Agoria represents the positions of its members and the interests of the technology sector at every level of policy. Through the Federation of Enterprises in Belgium, the organisation influences matters such as interprofessional agreements, Digital Service Tax and the National Social Security Office. At a regional level, Agoria encourages government investments: support for Walloon companies striving to decrease their CO2 emissions, investment in new training centres in Brussels, promotion of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity in Flanders, etc. At a European level, the organisation sits on more than 40 European committees and is a member of Business Europe.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Agoria".
  2. ^ Deshormes, Etienne (1984). "Fabrimétal 1946 – 1965". Courrier Hebdomadaire.
  3. ^ "Agoria moet Fabrimetal doen vergeten". De Standaard (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  4. ^ (in French) BARRÉ Philippe; Fabrimétal: Organisation et action collective du patronat des fabrications métalliques; Courrier Hebdomadaire; CRISP; 1996
  5. ^ Thomas Leysen wordt nieuwe voorzitter van Agoria; De Standaard; 27 February 2002
  6. ^ Christ'l Joris nieuwe voorzitter van Agoria; Gazet van Antwerpen; 19 May 2010

External linksEdit

  Media related to Agoria at Wikimedia Commons