BEMAS Award for Technical Team of the Year

BEMAS organises the Award for Technical Team of the Year to honour technical teams that provide great added value for their company thanks to their achievements and approach in the field of maintenance and management of technical assets.  

Everything starts with a good basis. The same goes for maintenance and asset management. Optimal maintenance management starts with strong, well thought-out best practices, which can only be achieved by constant improvement and collaboration by an excellent technical team. Organisations that have taken a major step forward in the applied maintenance and asset management practices are given the opportunity to put their colleagues in the spotlight as Technical Team of the Year. In principle, all types of technical services are eligible, i.e. both maintenance services that work internally at an asset owner, as well as service providing technical services that are active at customers.

Technical Team

In 2024, the Symposium and Award Night take place during the Easyfairs Maintenance Fair in Antwerp Expo (Flanders) and on 25 April 2024 during BEMAS Forum Maintenance in Marcinelle (Wallonia).


For whom?

  • All types of organisations that operate in an asset-intensive environment: maintenance servicesproject teams or asset management organisations in the industry or infrastructure world.

  • Technical service providers can also take part in the competitions for the awards.

Why participate?

  • Show that you are proud of the achievements of your organisation and the employees in your team. 
  • Increase the image of your technical department and/or your team and company.
  • Improve the commitment and pride of your employees. 
  • Discover additional opportunities for improvement through interaction with the jury.
  • Give a nice incentive to your technical team (see below). 
  • Limited amount of time to help you and your company move forward. 

What can you win?

  • trophy for the winner and a certificate for the finalists. 
  • An incentive worth € 500, which you can use to pamper your winning team. The incentive will be decided by mutual agreement. This can range from T-shirts, over a drink or dinner, to gift vouchers that can be freely spent. 
  • Broad and positive media coverage in the trade press for you, your team, your company and the innovation or best practice that you apply. 
  • A fascinating and interesting networking dinner, together with the other finalists and the jury.

Hall of Fame: Award for Technical Team of the Year


DHL Aviation: Flanders Jury Award

The professional jury recognised the DHL Aviation team as the Technical Team of the Year, praising DHL's technical service for their impressive achievements in achieving technological improvements, which resulted in remarkable financial savings and a significant reduction in delivery errors. The switch from external to internal staff within the technical department was identified as a crucial factor in their success.

Unilin: Audience Award Flanders

Unilin was awarded the audience award, due to their continuous efforts to eliminate breakdowns and failures through advanced tools for asset performance management and root cause analysis. The audience recognised Unilin as a deserved winner because of their commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in the field of technical maintenance.

Kabelwerk Eupen: Jury and audience award Wallonia

The 2021 floods had severely damaged Kabelwerk Eupen, but the technical team sprang into action immediately to develop a recovery plan. Their total commitment to restoring the assets was essential to overcome the blow. The exemplary dedication of the staff was a key driver in this reconstruction process. Despite the difficulties, determination and cooperation of the staff ensured a successful recovery of the plant, close cooperation with local authorities and business partners was also crucial in this process. Today, Kabelwerk Eupen once again profiles itself as a major player in cable production, thanks to the joint efforts of everyone.



Agristo: Flanders Jury Award

Agristo's technical team emerged as the winner. The team implemented an EAM system across several sites and got all technical services to work in a standardised way. 

A&S Energie: Flanders Audience Award

A&S Energie's technical team is responsible for two green power plants. A&S Energie was able to demonstrate excellent availabilities of their installations.

Takeda: Wallonia Jury Award

The evolution of their maintenance management was remarkable. Real teamwork allowed them to meet the challenge of managing a growing number of installations. In fact, that number increased fivefold between 2016 and 2022. 

GSK: Wallonia Audience Award

GSK's ambition is to increase the interval between major maintenance stops in order to reduce costs and increase productivity. This will be achieved through a new Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) strategy and the redesign of certain critical components on production equipment.


Pfizer: Flanders Jury prize

 The jury unanimously declared Pfizer the winner because their story is so complete. This case shows how important the technical department is to keeping manufacturing in Belgium. 

DP World: Flanders Audience Award

At DP World, an industrial accident made the company switch in record time from a reactive mode to a proactive maintenance organization.

Chaudfontaine: Wallonia Jury Award

After the 2021 floods, workers at Chaudfontaine restarted the 2 main production lines in only 5 weeks.

Galler: Wallonia Audience Award

At Galler, 3,600 m² disappeared under water. Their technical department was able to temporarily transfer production to the Eeklo site and restore their production machine in record time. 



The ITIS Technical Team: Honourable mention*

The technical team of ITIS counts 6 people who are very involved in the company. In recent years all involved, technicians were asked to think about ideas to make their work more safe and efficient. The management has chosen to work out most ideas depending on importance and cost for development.

* Due to circumstances related to Corona, finalist CBRE has decided to no longer participate in the competition. Therefore it has been decided not to host the Technical Team of The Year Award. However, the remaining finalist will receive an honourable mention, and can proudly present the merits of his team.



imec Maintenance Team

The maintenance team at Imec has succeeded in implementing new systems in the day-to-day maintenance work. They also do in-house trainings, which are much appreciated. And: they no longer resist change. The result? The teamspirit is on an all-time high, they work more efficiently and are extremely motivated.

Hall of Fame: Award for Best Improvement in Maintenance and Asset Management


Saudi Aramco: Success Journey -Reliability Enhancement Program through Effective Leadership

Saudi Aramco faced issues with plant availability due to frequent failures and therefore, high costs. With the support from upper management, Saudi Aramco succeeded in implementing a comprehensive Reliability System (TPRM), improved the maintenance culture and thus, cut the costs.


Arlanxeo: Preventing unforeseen failures with the Motion Amplification camera 

The main driver of this improvement project is the reliability of extruders in the finishing department. Thanks to a combination of Root Cause Analysis and the Motion Amplification Camera, Arlanxeo can now get to the roots of unpredictable failures.

Hall of Fame: Maintenance Manager of the Year

2017 – Maxine Frimpong en Ann Van Look - BASF 

2016 - Bert Pieters - Pepsico Veurne

2015 - A. Azzin et P. Corin - GSK Biologicals

2014 - Claude Schuler - Sonaca Gosselies

2013 - Marc Begijn - Volvo Car Gent 

2012 - Harold Villers - ArcelorMittal Liège - Site

2011 - Frédéric Deleuze - CBR - Heidelberg
Cement Group 

2010 - François Depelsenaire - NGK Ceramics Europe 

2009 - Erwin Bovyn – Edf Luminus 

2008 - Jan Vanbroekhoven - Philips Innovative 


2007 - Pasquale Sinapi - Caterpillar Belgium

2006 - Herman Aerts - Borealis 

2005 - Benoît Noël - Industeel 

2004 - Guido Aerts - Exxon Mobil Chemical Belgium 

2003 - Jos Groffils - DSM Speciality Compounds 

2002 - Erik Creemers - Fina Antwerp Olefins 

2001 - Hans De Backker - Janssen Pharmaceutica 

2000 - Wout Theuws - Bosal Benelux 

1999 - Robert Vander Putten - Schneider Electric

1998 - Daniël Vandendaul - Baxter  

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