Dirk Torfs obtained the degree of Master of Applied Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Production Technologies) at the Faculty of Engineering at KU Leuven. He then became doctor in Applied Science at the KU Leuven and later he obtained his MBA degree at Flanders Business School.
Torfs started his industrial career in 1995 at Trasys NV where he coordinated space-based projects and programs for the European Space Agency. Since 2014, Dirk is CEO of Flanders Make, the Flemish strategic Industry 4.0 research center for the manufacturing industry in Flanders. Before this position, he was Vice President, Local Division Manager at ABB Benelux for the Discrete Automation and Motion Division. Since 2021, Dirk has been the Executive Director of SmartFactory-EU EEIG. Their goal is to strengthen the European ecosystem and to become the frontrunner in manufacturing.
He has over 20 years of general management experience, being responsible for strategic development and sustainable growth in various sectors. These include engineering, execution and maintenance of technical infrastructure in buildings; sales and services in industrial automation; robotics; discrete automation and motion; and the space industry.
His main interest is in the relationship between human capital development and company growth development and in supporting companies with Industry 4.0-related implementations.