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15 09, 2018

Aurubis, manufacturer of copper, invests 100 million euro in it’s manufacturing site in Belgium.

September 15th, 2018|Investment Project News|

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The German corporation Aurubis is the largest European manufacturer and recycler of copper; it started operations in Hamburg in the year  1866 as “Norddeutsche Affinerie”, has a turn-over (2014) of  11 billion euro and 6300 employees.    In the year 2008 the copper activities of Umicore  in Olen (540 employees)  have been acquired. Aurubis Olen is mainly recycling copper from scrap.

Aurubis invests 100 million euro in Olen in order to improve and renovate the production process.

The company, also, wants to set up a factory for the recycling of coppersulfate from old batteries and to concentrate on the production of  metals, other than copper.

Aurubis Peute            Aurubis Hamburg

Aurubis, Hamburg, Germany

Source:                      December 13th 2018

Author: Jan Deschampelaere

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Aurubis / Olen

Pictures: By Native_Copper_Macro_Digon3.jpg: “Jonathan Zander (Digon3)”derivative work: Materialscientist (Native_Copper_Macro_Digon3.jpg) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (, GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons; –  CC Public Domain, – Par Jebulon [Public domain], de Wikimedia Commons, –  Reinhard Kraasch [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], de Wikimedia Commons, – By Gerhard kemme [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons,

14 09, 2018

Sumitomo Corporation acquires a second offshore windfarm in the Northsea and opens a new global R&D center for industrial gearboxes, both in Belgium.

September 14th, 2018|Investment Project News|

“Power Transmissions and Control” is a division of Sumitomo Corporation, a diversified Japanese holding with activities in food, transport, chemicals, energy, consumer goods, construction (HQ: Tokyo, Japan; turn-over year 2013: 32.2 billion $; employees: 74600).  The division,  global manufacturer of  industrial gearboxes, has acquired the manufacturer of industrial gearboxes, Hanssen Transmission (Edegem, Belgium) in year 2011 (January) for 75 million euro. The acquisition did not include gearboxes for windturbines, and this business has been sold in September of the same year to ZF Friedrichshafen (Germany).

Notwithstanding and after having acquired 12.5 % of a Belgian offshore windfarm, Galloper Offshore, for 1.98 billion $, Sumitomo is currently  acquiring another 30% in the Belgian Northwester 2 offshore windfarm.


Windturbine on Thornton Bank, North Sea, Belgium

Sumitomo  is also restructuring it’s development activities on a global scale and opening a new global R&D center for gearboxes in Edegem. The division has another European manufacturing site in Indersdorf (Munchen, Germany) and offices in France, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Turkey, UK, India.

Source:                  August 28th 2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms: Sumitomo/ Northwester 2

Source:                January 25th 2018

Author: not available

Language: German

Google search terms: Hanssen Transmissions / Sumitomo

Picture: © Hans Hillewaert ; the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license;

11 09, 2018

WTS Energy acquires The Sniffers, a Belgian service provider to the energy sector

September 11th, 2018|Investment Project News|

WTS Energy corporation with headquarter in Den Hague (The Netherlands) provides recruting & manpowwer services to the global oil , gas and energy sector. The company has 20 offices worldwide and 1000 consultants.

WTS Energy has acquired a majority stake (the precise amount of shares has not been disclosed) in The Sniffers corporation from The Carlyle Group (Washington DC, USA).

The Sniffers is a Belgian company (Balen) and provides emission monitoring- and energy saving services to the energy sector.


Source:            February 21th 2018

Author: not available

Language:  english

Google search terms: The Sniffers; WTS Energy

10 09, 2018

Lantmännen (Sweden) builds a new …industrial bakery… in Belgium.

September 10th, 2018|Investment Project News|


The industrial bakery of Unibake (the  bakery division of Swedish Coöperative Lantmännen) in Londerzeel (Belgium) caught fire in the year 2015. Lantmännen decided to rebuild from scratch at the same location and invests 100 million euro in a new industrial bakery.

Lantmännen is  a Swedish Cooperative of 42000 farmers , with a turn-over of 342 million euro (2008) and 13500 employees. Lantmännen delivers seed, feed and fertilizer to farmers.


source:                    February 7th 2018

Author: Tom Michielsen

Language: dutch

Google search terms:  Lantmännen, Unibeke; Londerzeel

10 09, 2018

Brolis Semiconductors opens a new R&D center for ..infrared laser based products.. in Belgium.

September 10th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Brolis Semiconductors has been established in the year 2011 in Vilnius (Lituania) and has also a facility in Northren Ireland. The company develops state of the art infrared lasers for  security, medical and industrial applications. The company opens a new R&D center in Ghent (Belgium) and continuous to cooperate with the University of Ghent and with Imec (a research-center on nanotechnology and electronics) on a computer -chip that sends light through fluids such as blood. As such it will be possible to diagnose diseases in a quick digital way. The invested amount has not been disclosed.


source:                     october 9th 2017

Author: not avaialble

Language:  english

Google search terms: Brolis Photonics

10 09, 2018

Mohawk Industries (flooring) installs a second center.. for the production of electricity and heat in Belgium.

September 10th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Mohawk Industries is a manufacturer of  flooring (carpets, rugs, ceramic tiles, natural stone, laminate flooring) from Calhoun (Georgia, USA), with a turn-over of 8.1 billion $ (2013) and 34200 employees. The company has operations on all countries including Belgium (Europe) where they acquired Unilin (year 2005) , a manufacturer of laminate flooring.

In 2010 Unilin/Mohawk installed a new energy center in Oostrozebeke and delivered electricity to 55000 families. Today  Mohawk, together with Aspiravi,  intend to install a second energy center  in Wielsbeke that will use wooden waste material from container park. Twenty five employees will be needed as well as an investement of 100 million euro.

Aspiravi is a Belgian corporation that invests in- , constructs and operates ‘green’ energy plants.  They established facilities for  an output of 692 Mw in total, enough for 588000 families, and constructed 263 windturbines as well.


Source:                      May 3th 2018

Author: not available

Languages: dutch

Google search terms: Unilin; Aspiravi

Picture: John Loo; Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0);

vinyl flooring

laminate flooring

7 09, 2018

Bayer AG acquires Monsanto Antwerp (Belgium) as part of the acquisition of Monsanto for 35 billion euro.

September 7th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Baser AG headquarter: Leverkusen Germany


Bayer AG is a German chemical and pharmaceutical concern with 99820 employees worldwide;  (turn-over 2017): 49 billion euro.

The company has paid 35 billion euro for the acquisition of Monsanto, although the agro-business has been re-sold to BASF (Germany) under the request of the European Commission. The purchase comes with the acquisition of the Monsanto site at the Port of Antwerp (Belgium) where pesticides are manufactured with 750 employees.

Monsanto is an agrochemical multinational from Grève Coeur (Missouri, USA) with a turn-over of 14.6 billion $ (2017) and 20500 employees. It is famous for the pesticide brand ‘Roundup’ and an expert in genetically engineered of crops.

Port of antwerp headquarter

Port of Antwerp headquarter (Belgium)

Source:                      July 30th 2018

Author: not available

Language:  dutch

Google search terms:  Bayer/Monsanto/Antwerp

Pictures: A Savin, Wikimedia Commons;  | Olaf Pictures; Creative Commons;

7 09, 2018

AGP Group acquires the Belgian safety glass manufacturer for car-windows, Soliver NV.

September 7th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Soliver NV is the largest independant producer of safety glass for automobiles in Europe.  The company (HQ: Roeselare, Belgium) has been created in year 1950; it serves first brand customers such as BMW, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini.

Under the guidance of Goldman Sachs, the AGP Group from Peru has taken a minority ownership position in Soliver (the amount of shares purchased has not been disclosed; investment : 30 million euro).

The AGP Group (Peru, 1800 employees)  is a manufacturer of specialty glass for automotive and marine markets. It serves 650 customers worldwide and has an operational presence in 20 countries.     The company wants to expand its manufacturing base in Europe and broaden the productportfolio with windshields and panoramic roofs. The current number of employees will go from 300 to 350 in Roeselare (Belgium).


Source:                     June 15th 2018

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Soliver / AGP Group

7 09, 2018

Software AG acquires Belgian software start-up company, Trendminer.

September 7th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Software AG is the seventh largest software vendor in  Europe. It serves more than 10000 clients in over 70 countries (HQ: Darmstadt/Germany; turn-over 2017: 579 million euro; 4596 employees). Trendminer is a developer of software, start-up of the univerisity of Leuven (KUL university) in year 2008 (HQ: Hasselt/Belgium; turn-over: 6 million euro) and with offices in Hasselt (Belgium), Houston, New York, Cologne (Germany).  The company has developed an IT-platform for the analyses of large amounts of data, a product that is mainly sold to the chemical industry (with customers such as Evonik, Exxon, Basf), pharma industry (Pfizer), mining- and oil industry.

Foto: Marc Fippel Fotografie

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Ag Software Los Cantos, Madrid, Spain

Source:                 June 15th 2018

Author: not available/EPIC MSL Group

Language: english

Google search terms: Software AG / Trendminer

Pictures: By Zarateman [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons;  |  Software AG Germany; Marc Fippel;  Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0); | 

6 09, 2018

ForFarmers acquires Belgian manufacturer of animal food, Voeders Algoet.

September 6th, 2018|Investment Project News|


ForFarmers UK

The feed sector is consolidating in Belgium.  ForFarmers acquires Voeders Algoet (Zulte; Belgium)  for 14 million euro ( 6 times EDITDA). Voeders Algoet has been established in 1883 on the riverbanks of the Leie (Western Belgium).  The company produces 150000 tonnes of feed annually ( 50 % of it to be pig-feed) and  has 22 employees. The size of the Belgian feed market is about 7 million tons.

ForFarmers was a cooperative originally, but is now listed on the (AEX) stock exchange. The company manufactures and commercializes feed in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK (turn-over 2017: 2.2 billion euro: 2325 employees). ForFarmers runs 42 productionsites.


Source: nieuwsblad.bbe     June 12th 2018

Author: Eddy Lefevre

Language: dutch

Google search terms: ForFarmers/ Voeders Algoet

Pictures:  Jonathan Hutchins;Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0);

4 09, 2018

Yuso (Belgium) and Nikkon Koei (Japan) establish the largest storage center… in Belgium.

September 4th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Yuso, a Belgian company, integrates renewable energy projects,  provides services to optimize  the profitability of  renewable energy production and constructs energy storage facilities.

Nippon Koei is a large Japanese  engineering consulting firm in the fields of  water resources, energy generation, regional development, transportation, environment (turn-over 2017/18: 820 million euro; 4500 employees).

Yuso and Nippon Koei have formed a joint venture for the investment of 12 million euro in the “Ruien Energy Storage” project. In the western part of Belgium, a battery pack of 25Mw will be installled in order to provide energy injections into the electricity grid at moments of  need and in order to store energy locally.  The storage capacity is equivalent to the daily energy consumption of 3000 families. It will be the largest energy-pack in Belgium.


4 Mw energy storage at  Pullman WA,USA


Source:    June 27th 2018

Author: Karel Cambien

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Yuso/ Nippon Koei

Picture: By UniEnergy Technologies [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/,_WA.jpg

4 09, 2018

Vinci Energies (french conglomerate) acquires AVT corporation (Belgium)

September 4th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Vinci Energies is a large French conglomerate which has been created in  the year 1899 (Headquarter: Rueil Malmaison/France; turn-over 2017: 40.2 billion euro; 194000 employees). It is active in the construction sector and a worldplayer in ‘concessions’ (such as in operating  4300 km french highways, tunnels (Marseille), airports (Grenoble , Chambéry and stadiums ). In addition the company provides services in the energy sector such as… production and transport of electricity, construction of urban lights, delivery of electricity to industry, infrastructure for telecommunication,….

AVT is a Belgian company, specialised in industrial automation projects (including the use of robotics). It’s HQ is located in Essen (Belgium; 65 employees). The company has offices in Germany, China, France and The Netherlands.

Vinci Energies has acquired AVT corporation. The invested amount has not been disclosed.

∪———————————————-∪     June 25th 2018

Author: not available

Language:  english

Google search terms: AVT / Essen

4 09, 2018

PostNL opens a new Belgian headquarter in Mechelen.

September 4th, 2018|Investment Project News|

PostNL DenHAag

PostNL  is a parcel- and e-commerce logistical service provider from Den Hague (The Netherlands).  In 2011 the former TNT Express demerged into PostNL  and was listed on Euronext Amsterdam . The company is active in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy and UK ( turn-over 2017: 3.4 billion euro; 46400 employees).

PostNL is growing quickly in Belgium (+ 36% in 2017) and has established a new headquarter in Mechelen (Belgium) with 100 employees. In total PostNL provides a job to 550 persons in Belgium. Within the next few years the company intends to  open two new  parcel distribution centers in Belgium.









PostNL worldwide headquarter Den Hague / The Netherlands

Source:     August 10th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms: PostNL / Mechelen

Picture: By FaceMePLS (originally posted to Flickr as TNT Post NL) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons/  // By Loesoe90 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/


3 09, 2018

BASF (D) invests 25 million euro in 3D printer Materialise (Belgium).

September 3rd, 2018|Investment Project News|

Materialise has been created in 1990 as a spin-off of the University of Leuven (Belgium). It is specialised in software guided additive manufacturing in three dimensions (3D Printing) and is listed on the Nasdaq (MTLS).

Materialise develops software to adapt data to the manufacturing process and  to provide optimization tools and control systems for the production process. The company  provides medical services in terms of medical image based production preparations, surgical drilling and cutting guidance, manufacturing of implants and replicas of organs. The medical software, MIMICS, has been launched on the market in the year 1992.

The headquarter is located in Leuven (Belgium); the company has software development centers in Belgium, USA, China, Ukraine, Germany and Malaysia) as well as 140 industrial printing machines in operation at locations in Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic and Germany (turn-over 2017: 160 million euro; 1500 employees).

BASF  invests 25 million  $ to facilitate further expansion of Materialise.

BASF is the largest chemical corporation in the world (HQ:Ludwigshafen/Germany; revenue 2017: 64.4 billion euro; 115000 employees).

3d printer

Bukobot Reprap Open Source 3D printer

Source:     August 1th 2018

Author: Michael Molitch-Hou

Language: english

Google search terms: BASF/Materialise

Picture: By Deezmaker [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons/

1 09, 2018

Horizon Ventures invests 4 million euro in Cloudalize, provider of cloud-based computing power (Belgium).

September 1st, 2018|Investment Project News|

Cloudalize corporation (Belgium) offers  the use /rent of  high end computing power, cloud based, on  clients own modest pc , without the need for the customer to purchase himself such a sophisticated computer and software. The graphical capabilities make it particularly usefull in the real estate sector and allow agencies to provide their customers with high quality and sophistic views on existing or yet-to-construct buildings.  The computing capabilities are also of interest to architects and engineers. Cloudalize is a Belgian start-up from 2011, currently active in Ghent (Belgium), London, Lasi (Roumenia), Burlingame (USA)  and Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Cloudalize provides a job to 24 experts and will hire new ones.

Horizons Ventures Limited is a Hong Kong based Venture Capital firm with a focus on technology start-ups; It runs the investments of Mr Li Ka-Shing and has invested in companies such as Deepmind, Facebook, Waze, Siri, Spotify.

Horizons Ventures has invested 4 million euro in Cloudalize.


Source:                                 August 23th 2018

Author: not available

Language:  dutch

Google search terms:  Claudalize

31 08, 2018

Bertschi (CH) opens a new terminal for plastic products in the port of Antwerp.

August 31st, 2018|Investment Project News|

BertschiBertschi is a Swiss logistical service provider for the chemical industry ; HQ: Dürrenäsch, Switzerland; turn-over: 660 million Swiss francs; 2400 employees.

The company operates 25 containerterminals, 26000 tankcontainers and owns 1200 trucks. It has a presence in 21 countries.

Bertschi opens a new 25000 m2 terminal for plastic products in the port of Antwerp. It has a capacity of 20000 tonnes of product; ultimately the 80000 m2 site will become a fully trimodal location for plastic products.










Port of Antwerp; Belgium

Source:                 June 13th 2018

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Bertschi/Antwerp

Picture: HesselVisser/CCO Creative Commons/

30 08, 2018

Coca Cola European Partners invests 13.7 million euro in a new warehouse at Antwerp (Belgium).

August 30th, 2018|Investment Project News|

coca cola bottling

Coca-Cola European Partners is a multinational bottling company,  marketing, producing and distribution Coca-cola, Fanta and Sprite beverages. The company is partly owned by the Coca-Cola company (18%), the public (44%) and partners (34%). Headquarters is located at Uxbridge in UK and the company runs 50 bottling plants in Europe (turn-over: 10.9 billion euro; 25000 employees ; year 2016).

Coca-Cola_6_bottle_pack                                                                                                                      180px-CocaColaBottle_background_free

Coca Cola European Partners runs three production plants in Belgium (Gent, Antwerp, Chaudfontaine)  and six distribution centers (Gent, Antwerp, Hasselt, Chaudfontaine, Howald, Heppignies). The company invests 13.7 million euro in the construction of a new warehouse at Antwerp in order to increase capacity; at this location 413 million litres of beverages (Coca-cola, Sprite and Fanta) are bottled yearly with 400 employees.

Source:                                                    August 28th  2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Coca cola / Antwerpen

Pictures: Simon Berry/Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)/  //By Hariadhi [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons/ /wiki/File:CocaColaBottle_background_free.jpg   // Shahroozporia/the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication/

29 08, 2018

Cargill (USA) invests 12 million euro in a new production line for liquid chocolate in Moeskroen (Belgium).

August 29th, 2018|Investment Project News|

chocolate4Cargill  (HQ: Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA) is the largest privately owned corporation in the USA (if it would be on the stock exchange it would be 15th largest). The family Cargill owns 90% of shares. The company is trading grain and other agricultural commodities such as palm oil; it is involved in raision livestock and the manufacture of animal foods; it produces food ingredients such as starches and sugars, vegetable oils and fats. The company has a turn-over of more than 115 billion dollars (2018) and 150000 employees. Cargill stands for 25 % of all USA grain exports and supplies 22% to the US domestic meat market. It has activities in 66 countries.



The Cargill lake office in Minnetonka, home to executives of the largest private company in the USA.

The site in Moeskroen (Belgium) transforms pure- and milk chocolate in liquid and non-liquid ingredients for the manufacturers of  ice-cream, confectionary and bakery products. Cargill invests 12 million euro in order to expand production capacity.

dark chocolate   chocolate

Source:                 June 19th 2018

Author: not available


Google search terms: Cargill/Moeskroen

Pictures: dghchocolatier/CCO Creative Commons/  //  By Bobak Ha’Eri [CC BY 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/  //  Alexander Stein/CCO Creative Commons/  //  Gall/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)/ 

29 08, 2018

Battery recycler Campine (Belgium) invests 25 million euro in new manufacturing equipment.

August 29th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Campine corporation (Beerse, Belgium) recycles old batteries into products for fire retardancy, masterbatches for plastics, PET catalysts and the chemicals lead (58 tonnes) and antimony. The company is listed on the Belgian stock exchange. Antimony trioxide is used as a flame retardant component in platics, textile products and cables. The lead is sold to manufacturers of batteries and lead plates.

Campine invests 25 million euro mainly to increase the recycling proportion of plastics. The company has 104 employees and a turn-over of 216 million euro (2017); sales of the chemical “lead” accounts for 130 million euro.


Campine Beerse Belgium

Source:                                   May 24th 2018

Author: Paul Huysmans

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Campine / 25

Picture: By Funkyxian [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/,_Beerse_(2).jpg

28 08, 2018

Scandinavian logistic service provider, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, expands in the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium).

August 28th, 2018|Investment Project News|

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Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium

Wallenuis Wilhelmsen (HQ: Lysaker/Norway; turn-over 2016: 2.2 billion $; 3300 employees in 2007)  is a private Norwegian & Swedisch provider of logistical services and a large transporter of vehicles.

The company started activities in the Port of Zeebrugge in the year 1999; this year, 2018, 20 million euro will be invested in a 49 ha expansion.


Source:                       February 23th 2018

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms:

Pictures: Hpgruesen; CCO Creative Commons/  //  By Marc Ryckaert (MJJR) [CC BY 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/

28 08, 2018

Mitral Technologies (medical device corporation) moves headquarter from Minnesota to Liege (Belgium).

August 28th, 2018|Investment Project News|

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Mitral Technologies is a young medical device company  (started in year 2014) specialized in treatment against leakage of  valves in the hart. The company moves its headquarter from Minnesota (USA) to Liege (Belgium).

The company received 3.2 million euro funding from governmental funds and business angels and will continue development work in the USA and Belgium.

                                                                                                         hart leakage 2

 Source:                      January 29th 2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms: Mitral Technologies

Pictures: By BruceBlaus [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/  //  Stampf/CCO Creative Commons/

28 08, 2018

Google invests 250 million euro at its data center in St Ghislain (Belgium).

August 28th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Google invests an additional 250 million euro in its data-center at st Ghislain (Belgium) and a new building will be constructed. Google arrived in Belgium in the year 2009 and invested sofar more than one billion euro at this location, providing a job to 350 persons.

Google is an American corporation that provides internet related services (HQ: Menlo Park/California; employees: 85000).


Google Menlo Park California

Source:                   February 1th 2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms: Google/St Ghislain

Picture: By Jijithecat [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/

27 08, 2018

Kaneka invests 40 million euro in the expansion of Eurgentec (bio-pharmaceuticals) in Belgium.

August 27th, 2018|Investment Project News|


Eurogentec is specialised in the development of bio-pharmaceuticals and vaccins and provides services on genomics and proteomics. The company, based in Seraing (Belgium) has been acquired by the Japanes company, Kaneka in the year 2010.  Forty million euro will be invested in expanding the manufacturing facilities for bio-pharmaceuticals.  A new building of 3600 m2 will be constructed and 40 new jobs will be created (current number of employees: 390).

Kaneka is a chemical corporation with HQ in Osaka, Japan (turn-over 2014: 5 billion $; 8530 employees)

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Source:                    January 17th 2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms: Eurogentec

Pictures: Par Eurogentec [Public domain], de Wikimedia Commons/  //  By Waimuratasuzu [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/












Kaneka Osaka Japan

27 08, 2018

Miracor Medical moves HQ from Austria to Belgium.

August 27th, 2018|Investment General News|

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Miracor Medical has developed a coronary sinus occlusion (PiCSO) impulse system for cardiac surgeons to facilitate the treatment for myocardial infarction ( this is about heart patients with hart attack undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting surgery.  The product will be launched in 2019. Additional clinical tests are currently being carried out, for which 25 M euro of funds are collected. About half of this amount is provided by public funds from the governement of Wallonia, southern part of Belgium.

The  HQ moves from Vienna to Awans (Belgium). Thirty persons will be employed at this location in the next few years.

hart attack2


Source:                 January 5th 2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms: Miracor Medical

Pictures: open clipart vectors/CCO Creative Commons/  //  open clipart vectors/CCO Creative Commons/  // Darkostojanovic/CCO Creative Commons/

26 08, 2018

Petiva Corporation (India) announces the investment of 150 million euro in the production of low-caloric sugars in Belgium.

August 26th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Petiva is a small Indian company from Hyderabad (India) and has been created in the year 2009. Its registered paid capital is 100.000 Rs (1200 euro).  The company holds several worldwide patents on the creation of genetic engineered enzymes (such as isomerase) used in  the transformation of sugars. The modified enzymes are “more stable” as compared to the natural counterparts, enabling the use of them for industrial transformation of sugars such as sucrose into “low caloric sugars” such as  honeytose and nectarose These  sugars are naturally present in the nectar of flowers and honey in low quantities.

The company intends to invest  150 million euro in pilot plant facilities and, later on, production facilities Seneffe, a region where a lot of sugar beets are  harvested.

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Source:                  May 29th 2018

Author: Emeline  Berlier

Language: french

Google search terms: Petiva/Seneffe

Pictures: CCO Public Domain/  //  Inra Jean Weber/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)/  //  fjLindsbe/CCO Creative Commons/

25 08, 2018

Aperam invests 200 million euro in stainless steel production in Belgium.

August 25th, 2018|Investment Project News|

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                                                                                                                             Lakshmi Mittal

Aperam produces stainless steel products in factories in Belgium, France and Brasil, and is owned (40.83%) by the Indian family Mittal.

After having invested 15 million euro in the factory in Charleroi last year (2017), the company invests 200 million euro in it’s factory in Genk (Belgium) in 2018 and in order to increase manufacturing capacity.

Aperam has been splitt from Arcelor Mittal in 2011 (turn over 2017: 5 billion euro; 10700 employees).


Source:    August 7th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Aperam/Genk

Pictures: By Ligfebow [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or FAL], from Wikimedia Commons/  //  By Financial Times (Flickr: Lionel Barber Lakshmi Mittal) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons/

22 08, 2018

DHL invests 140 million euro in a new logistical hub, close to the airport of Brussels (Belgium)

August 22nd, 2018|Investment Project News|

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Brucargo; Brussels; Belgium

DHL inaugurates a new hub for parcel distribution at Brucargo (airport of Brussels, Belgium). Two hundred new jobs have been created (1200 employees in 2018). The center can distribute 42000 parcels/hour. DHL invested 140 million euro.  Brucargo is the part of the airport that handles goods (size: 100 ha); it has a capacity available for 31 planes.

DHL is a logisitcal service provider and  part of Deutsche Post AG. DHL has 530000 employees and a turn over of  61 billion $ (2016).

Brussels airport

Brussels Airport


Source:                 Februrary 22th 2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms: DHL / Brucargo

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18 08, 2018

3M corporation invests 4 million euro in a new technical service center at its factory in Antwerp (Belgium).

August 18th, 2018|Investment Project News|


3M  invests 4 million euro in a new technical service center at  their factory in Zwijndrecht (Antwerp, Belgium). Clients can train on 3M technologies at the site and new development projects will be carried out as well.

3M (formerly called “Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company”) is a large conglomerate  producing a many types of products (adhesives, abrasives, laminates, passive fire protection, dental products, electronics, medical care products.

Turn-over 2017: 31.7 billion $ ; 91000 employees.





3M headquarter Mapplewood Minnesota

Source:                   April 26th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms: 3M / 4 miljoen

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17 08, 2018

Chinese logistical service provider, Cainiao, chooses the airport of Liege (Belgium) as hub for the European continent.

August 17th, 2018|Investment Project News|


Cainiao Smart Logistics Network is the logistical service provider of Alibaba (Chinese e-commerce leader, turn over 2018: 39.9 billion $; 66400 employees). Cainiao delivers 1 billion parcels per week  (in the future …. this will be 1 billion parcels per day); the company invests 15 billion euro in the development of its worldwide delivery network.  For this the company has choosen several  airports that will be used a major hubs: Hangzhou, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur en Moskou.  Western Europe will be delivered by a new hub at the  Airport of Liege (Belgium). A large new logistical facility will be build at this location.


Source:             June 7th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms:

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17 08, 2018

Several Chinese corporations invests in the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium).

August 17th, 2018|Investment Project News|


Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium)

The Port of Zeebrugge is the second largest port (container and  bulk) in Belgium. It is largest port in the world for import & export of vehicles (2.8 million units in 2016). It is a “deepsea” port  accessible by large ships and well located on the  North Sea shores of Europe.  Also, the port contains large terminals for arrival of gas from Norway, Australia,Middle East  and Africa.  The port provides a job to 10000 persons.

Subsequent to the arrival of Cosco, who bought the APM Terminals of the Port of Zeebrugge in 2017  (and immediately after sold a 10% stake to French CMA-CMG),  the Shanghai Linglang Economic Development Group invests 85.3 million euro in a new logistical park of 30 ha in the port.


 Cosco headquarter Beijing

Source:              May 18th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms:  haven Zeebrugge / 85

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16 08, 2018

Oleon invests 20 million euro in the production of oleochemicals (Belgium).

August 16th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Oleon ( HQ:Ertvelde/Belgium; turn-over year 2017: 700 million euro; 1000 employees) produces oleochemicals (chemicals derived from animal and plant sources) in the Port of Gent (Belgium).  The market for sustainable, non-oil based, chemicals is growing worldwide. Oleon invests 20 million euro in the production of  isostearine ,  a bio-based chemical that is used in cosmetics and lacquers, and  made from  sunflower oil. The investment  increases the efficiency of the production technology and enables the use of another raw material source. Oleon is the largest European producer of oleochemicals, and aims to increase its marketshare from 15% to 28%.

Oleon is part of  Sofiproteol, a company within the French Avril Group (HQ: Paris/France; turn over 2014: 6.5 billion euro; 7200 employees). It is an agro-industrial corporation with focus on nutrition, energy and chemical markets. It’s main objective is to promote the use of natural oils and proteins.


Source:                 June 6th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Oleon / 20 miljoen

16 08, 2018

TWE invests 18 million euro in manufacturing facilities for diapers in Belgium.

August 16th, 2018|Investment Project News|

TWE invests 18 million euro in manufacturing facilities for diapers in Meulebeke (Belgium; turn-over: 62 million euro; 255 employees). The new equipment allows for automation, high speed production and improved quality of diapers.

TWE is part of the L&O Holding (HQ: Emsdetten – Germany; 2300 employees).  The holding produces (non woven) textile products and  weapons. SigSauer GMBH, weapons manufacturer, is part of the L&O Holding.



Source:                    June 7th 2018

Author: not availalble

Language: dutch

Google search terms: TWE/ 18 miljoen

Picture: Saulo Prata/CCO Creative Commons/

15 08, 2018

Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal transforms waste CO2-gas into bio-ethanol at Gent (Belgium)… a first in Europe.

August 15th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Luxembourg based  company, ArcelorMittal, is the global leader in steel manufacturing (Turn-over in 2016: 56.7 billion $ / 199000 employees).  The company invests 150 million euro in a new technological platform (from Lanzatech/USA) for transformation of CO2 (a waste product in the manufacturing process) into (bio)ethanol. The chemical transformation is done by proprietairy microbes.

Ethanol can be used as energy source and/or starting raw material for the production of new bio-chemicals.

Lanzatech has been mentioned on Forbes list of most promising companies (2013); LanzaTech was also awarded  the #1 winning position in the 2018-ranking  so-called “50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy”, published in The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. Lanzatech has raised 200 million $ from venture capital firms (Khosla Ventures, Qiming Ventures, MLSF, Mitsui).


ArcelorMittal; Gent (Belgium)

Source:     June 11th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Arcelormittal/150/CO2

Picture: By Blast furnace chip worker [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons/

15 08, 2018

Dana Incorporated renovates manufacturing equipment at Brugge (Belgium).

August 15th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Dana Incorporated is an American worldwide supplier of drivetrain, sealing, and thermal-management technologies. The HQ is located in Maumee, Ohio and  the company employs  31,100 persons. Global turn-over in 33 countries is 7.2 billion $ (2017).

The manufacturing & development plant in Brugge (Belgium) produces transmission systems for heavy industrial vehicles.  Thirtheen old machines will be replaced by two new one, at an investmentcost of 1.5 million euro, in order to improve efficiency and quality. Dana Belgium presented a turn-over of 145 million euro in 2017.


Dana Incorporated HQ Maumee USA

Source:        March 23th 2018

Author: not available

Language: dutch

Google search terms: Dana / Brugge

Pictures: Par Dwight Burdette [CC BY 3.0 (], de Wikimedia Commons/  //By Myriam Thyes [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons/


14 08, 2018

Fast food provider “Mc Donalds” continues expansion in Belgium.

August 14th, 2018|Investment Project News|

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Mc Donalds, provider of fast food, runs 80 outlets in Belgium with almost 4500 employees.  After having invested 25 million euro in the year 2017, another 21 million euro will be invested in 2018. This will provide 524 new jobs, mostly young people.


Source:                     February 1th 2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms:  McDo/Belgique

Pictures:From Mc Donalds/ 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)/  //  Stephan Craven/Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)/

14 08, 2018

Bodycote expands facilities for “heat treatment of metals” in Belgium.

August 14th, 2018|Investment Project News|


Bodycote provides heat treatmentsmetal joining, hot isostatic pressing and coatings services on metals.  The companies headquarters is at  Macclesfield (UK), and is listed on the London Stock Exchange  (turn-over 2017: 690 million pound, 5400 employees).

The company is expanding ‘hot isostatic pressing’ facilities in their facility at Sint Niklaas (Belgium).  The investment is especially geared towards serving the European aerospace industry, but has also applications in sectors as divers as   medical, power generation, marine, nuclear, automotive and electronics.  The company is a global service provider and runs 180 facilities in 23 countries.


Source:            /2018

Author: Jim Sheard (VP)

Language: english

Google search terms: Bodycote / invests

Picture:By Goodwin Steel Castings [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons/

13 08, 2018

Belgium is the first European country where Aldi starts major renovation of shops.

August 13th, 2018|Investment Project News|


Aldi is a German discount market chain with more than 10000 outlets in 20 countries (turn over: + 50 billion euro; employees: 160000). Aldi runs 450 outlets and 308 of them will be modernized in the next two years at a cost of 350 million euro. Aldi employs 6500 persons in Belgium in an additional 450 will be hired.

The concept of the shops will remain the same, with little brands but the ‘look’ will be modernized.







Source:    March 27th 2018

Author: Pascal Dendooven

Language: dutch

Google search terms:  Aldi/350/Belgie

Picture: onderwijsgek/the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unportedlicense/

13 08, 2018

Novartis (pharmaceuticals) invests 100 million euro in the manufacturing site at Puurs (Belgium).

August 13th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Novartis (HQ in Basel, Switserland) is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world (turn-over 2017: 50 billion $;  126000 employees). The company invests 100 million euro in new syringe filling machines at the manufacturing site in Puurs (Belgium). The investment allows to fill an additional 18 million syrings annually. Total number of jobs is expected to increase to 1500.

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HQ Novartis, Basel, Switserland

Source:            October 3th 2017

Author: not available

Language:  dutch

Google search terms:  Novartis/Puurs/100

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10 08, 2018

NYK shipping line expands in the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium).

August 10th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Port of Zeebrugge

Port of Zeebrugge / Belgium

The ICO division (International Car Operations) of NYK is expanding it’s car-terminal activities in the Port of Zeebrugge (Belgium) with 54 ha up to a total of 300 ha’s.  In addition, NYK will invest in 12 new wind turbines at the terminal.

NYK (Nippon Yusen)  is one of the oldest and largest shipping lines in the world  (HQ: Tokyo/Japan; Turn-over year 2014: 20.1 billion $; employees: 33500).  The Port of Zeebrugge is the largest car-terminal in Europe and  managed 2.8 million vehicles in the year 2017 .

NYK                                                                                                                                                      NYK2

NYK HQ Tokyo

Source:        May 16th 2018

Author: Marcus Williams

Language: english

Google search terms: NYK/windturbines/Zeebrugge

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8 08, 2018

Roche invests 6 million euro in Confo Therapeutics (Belgium)

August 8th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Confo Therapeutics is a Belgian biotech drug discovery company  ‘start-up’  from the Free University of Brussels. The company has developed a technological platform based on the use of  “camel single domain antibodies” that may be of value in treatments against neurological disorders. The technology has been developed by Prof. Jan Steyaert from the Free University of  Brussels. Confo is eligible to receive 81.5 million euro, in addition to the 6 M euro upfront payment, in case of reaching certain milestones.

Roche holding is a Swiss based (Basel) pharmaceutical conglomerate with a turn over of 53.3 billion Swiss francs (45.8 billion Euro)  and 94000 employees. Roche owns Genentech (USA), Chugai Pharmaceuticals (Japan) and  Ventana (USA).



Source:       December 19th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Confo Therapeutics / Roche

Picture: By Taxiarchos228 [FAL], from Wikimedia Commons /





HQ Roche, Basel

26 07, 2018

Takeda acquires Tigenix for 520 million euro.

July 26th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Subsequent to positive comments from the European Medicine Agency (EMA) on the stem-cell therapy Cx601 for Crohn’s disease, Takeda decided to acquire the biotech company Tigenix for 520 million euro.

Takeda is a large Japanese pharmaceutical company  (employees: 30400; turn-over: 131 billion Yen (2012); HQ: Chuo-Ku, Osaka, Japan).  Tigenix (HQ: Leuven/Belgium) owns a stem cell technology for treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.  The company is a spin-off from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven en Universiteit Gent.

8 07, 2018

Danonewave (Alpro) invests 40 M euro in a new automated warehouse and R&D facilities.

July 8th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Danonewave (a Belgian based company recently acquired by Danone and formerly called Alpro), manufactures food products and drinks from soy, almonds, hazelnuits, cashex, rice, oats and coconuts. The company has invested 40 M euro in a new automated warehouse and a new R&D center.  Hundred new jobs will be created.

Danonewave/Alpro has 1100 employees (2017).

Source:        March 2th   2018

Author: not available

Language: french

Google search terms: Alpro/40

2 03, 2018

Thermo Fisher acquires Dutch contract manufacturer Patheon for 7.2 billion $.

March 2nd, 2018|Investment Project News|


Thermo Fisher Scientific is an American biotechnological multinational with HQ in Waltham (Massachusetts). The company has 65000 employees and a turn-over of  18.3 billion $ (2016).  The company sells analytical instruments for laboratories, reagents, software and services for research and  manufacturing.

Patheon is a pharmaceutical  contract manufacturing and development service provider with manufacturing facilities spread over the whole world (Canada, US, Puerto Rico, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, and Australia). HQ is in Amsterdam (The Netherlands; 9000 employees; turn-over 1.8 billion $). 48.7 % is owned by DSM (The Netherlands). The company has 400 pharma-clients.

Thermo_Nicolet_iS10_FT-IR_spectrophotometerThermo Fisher acquires Patheon for 7.2 billion $ (2 billion $ paid in equity). Many of the customers of Patheon are potential customers for Thermo Fisher.



Source:                August 29th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Thermo Fisher/Patheon

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1 03, 2018

Sekisui S-Lec invest 155 million euro in films for head-up displays in The Netherlands.

March 1st, 2018|Investment Project News|


Sekisui S-Lec is part of Sekisui Chemical corporation (HQ Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan; turn-over: 9.7 billion $). Sekisui Chemical produces plastics for medical, automotive and information applications. It also offers residential housing construction. Sekisui S-Lec has two manufacturing sites in The Netherlands (Roermond and Geleen). They produce glass interlayer products for laminated glass. The company invests 155 million euro in plastic films for “head up displays”. This technology allows the projection of information on laminated glass. The market for laminated glass in the world will grow with +2% per year the coming years.






Source:                       February 7th 2018

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Sekisui S-Lec / Holland

Pictures: Marizio Pesce/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)/  //  Telstar Logistics/the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license/

27 02, 2018

Plopsa Group invests 7.5 million euro in the German attraction park, Holiday Park.

February 27th, 2018|Investment Project News|


Belgian Plopsa Group, owner of six attraction parks in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium and including Holiday Park in Hassloch (Germany), invests 7.5 million euro in indoor-facilities at Holiday Park. This adds to the 50 million euro the group already invested at Hassloch. The new facility will contain six indoor attractions, a theatre and horeca.

holiday park







Plopsa land De Panne/Belgium

Source:           July 25th 2017

Author: Beau

 Language:  dutch

Google search terms:Plopsa/7.5/pretpark

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22 02, 2018

Endeit Capital and Radeberger invest 15 million euro into Gastrofix, the German manufacturer of cash registers.

February 22nd, 2018|Investment Project News|

Gastrofix is a German manufacturer of cloud connected cash registers for restaurants and hotels. Endeit Capital and Radeberger invest 15 million euro in Gastrofix to support sales & marketing efforts and international growth.

Endeit Capital is a venture capital firm with HQ in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). It invests predominantly in Germany and The Netherlands.  Radeberger is the largest German beer producer (HQ: Frankfurt, turn-over 1.9 billion euro, 5650 employees). The Radeberger network provides a lot of potential customers to Gastrofix.


Source:                             July 11th 2017

Author: not available

Language: Dutch

Google search terms: Endeit/Gastrofix

21 02, 2018

Chinese toy manufacturer VTech invests 10 million euro in a new European logistics center in Almelo (The Netherlands).

February 21st, 2018|Investment Project News|

VTech (HQ in Hong Kong)  is a large manufacturer of electronic learning products and toys. The company has a turn-over of 1.8 billion $ (2014) and 27000 employees.

VTech opens a new 43000 sqm logistical center at the #T Port Logistic Center# in Almelo (Nl). The operations will be managed by Bleckmann,  a logistical service provider.


Source:             February 8th 2018

Author: Bas Dijkhuizen

Language:  Dutch

Google search terms: VTech/Almelo

Picture: TolBXela/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)/

20 02, 2018

Goldman Sachs invests 35 million $ into hr-services provider, Beqom (Switzerland).

February 20th, 2018|Investment Project News|

Beqom, with HQ at Fribourg (Switzerland) provides a cloud based IT platform for…. compensation management services (software)…… It serves more than 2 million employees and has many top-100 companies among it’s clients (including Microsoft and Vodafone). Beqom has offices in the USA and Europe. Goldman Sachs, investment banker from New York, invest 35 million $ to fuel international marketing efforts and increase of client portfolio. Goldman Sachs has a turn-over of 37.7 billion $ (2016) and 34400 employees.

Goldman_Sachs_Tower     July 26th 2017

Author: Leila Ueberschlag

Language: french

Google search terms: Goldman/Beqom

Picture: By Oriez (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons/https://commons.wikimedia.or g/wiki/File:Goldman_Sachs_Tower.JPG


Goldman Sach Tower New York

19 02, 2018

OKG invests 107 million $ into an additional core cooling system at the nuclear energy plant of Okarshamn (Sweden).

February 19th, 2018|Investment Project News|


OKG (partly owned by Uniper – HQ: Düsseldorf/Germany; turn-over 2016: 92 billion euro; 14000 employees) invests 107 million $ into an additional external core cooling system at the nuclear plant of Okarshamn. The investment increases safety standards and the new cooling system will be activated in case the current cooling system would fail. The plant is ready for another 20 years of energy production.






Nuclear plant at Okarshamn Sweden

Source:      August 18th 2017

Author: not available

Language: english

Google search terms: Sweden/OKG/nuclear

Picture: By Anchor2009 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons/

19 02, 2018

Rockwool International buys land in Sweden to prepare for the future.

February 19th, 2018|Investment Project News|


Rockwool International acquires 18ha of land at Eskilstuna Logistic Park from the local authorities. The invested amount is 3.5 million euro.

Rockwool International is the second largests producer of isolation material worldwide. It’s HQ is located at Hedehusene (Denmark). The company runs 28 factories with 10000 employees. Turn-over (2015) : 2.2 billion euro.


Eskilstuna Sweden

Source:        January 12th 2018

Author: not available

Language: swedish

Google search terms: Rockwool/Eskilstuna/Colliers

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